Our Mission: To lead people to love God and to love people in Jesus' name around the corner and around the world.
"In Jesus' name" reminds us who we're following: Jesus Christ. The Church is here because of Him. We want to keep that front and center. "Apart from Him we can do nothing."
In our pluralistic culture, it's easy to talk about God without even believing Jesus is in the mix. So we want to be very clear by including Jesus in our mission statement.
"Jesus is Lord" was probably the earliest "creed", if you will, in the Church. And it says a lot. He rules. He's in control. We follow Him. We love Him.
So to say we do all this "in Jesus' name" is to say that we live for this mission as a church. We follow Jesus because it's His mission and we love Him. We just get to be in on it.