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!