Making a (Mission) Statement

Recently, I’ve been doing work with a few different ministries on the importance of vision and mission.  Both are extremely important:  a vision gives us an idea of where we are going and what success will look like whereas a mission is similar to a road map as to how we may achieve our vision.

During a recent workshop that I facilitated, I had a music ministry do some work on its mission statement.  As part of this process, I also had each of the members craft his or her own mission statement.  It was a very fruitful process as the individuals were able to articulate their strengths, weaknesses and hopes both as individuals and as a group.

I was inspired by the ones that were shared aloud and I encouraged each of them to post it somewhere so they could reflect on it regularly and go back to it when necessary.  As well, I suggested that their mission statements are dynamic – they could change them any time.

I would suggest this process for any ministry (or anyone for that matter) looking to set goals, inspire one another, or keep themselves on track.

Here is mine:

I am husband to Gail.

I am father to Sean Isaiah, Jacob Isaac, and Kayla Marie.

I am a Catholic and a believer in God, follower of Jesus, dweller in the Holy Spirit.

I am a youth minister, director, writer, speaker, musician and Canucks fan.

I live by my favourite scripture from Philippians:  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Although I have a lot of serious responsibilities, I don’t take myself too seriously.

I strive to be Christ to everyone I encounter.

I am a connector, an advocate, a motivator, and a servant leader.

May I never forget my priorities: my faith and my family.

Because when it’s my turn to go upstairs, He’s not going to ask me:
-How many people did you speak to?
-How good of a boss were you?
-How many kids came to Youth Day and Spirit Day?  –
-How many friends do you have on Facebook or followers do you have on Twitter?

Instead, I will be asked:  “The 4 people that I gave you at home to love:  do they know who I am?

May my answer be a resounding YES!

 

  • MarvPenner

    Love the clarity of purpose in this Clay! Well said.