“Irritating and vulgar” . . . is what Chris Erdman at Odyssey writes in reference to the flattening and deadening of the church’s mission and vocation by the ubiquitous church mission statement. I quite agree. Why A Church Mission Statement Is a Bad Idea (Graham pointed it out.) By Scott Wells Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C. View all of Scott Wells's posts.