The first Board of Directors adopts a resolution of purpose, one the Mission’s leaders return to throughout its history:

“The object shall be the spreading of the Gospel by the conduct of a Mission in the center of the city....The work of the Mission is, first, last and always, the saving of men. Therefore, evangelism is to be the central, fundamental and all-absorbing aim.... Our aim is not free meals, but freed men. Not free beds but freed beings.