Some Practicals for Developing a Mission Statement

In my last blog post, we looked at the value of discovering and writing down our unique purpose in life by way of a personal mission statement. Below are some questions to get you started in a more focused way.

In order to obtain a rough draft of a mission statement, I encourage you to think through these questions and write a rough draft mission statement with no more than 20 words.

Questions:

  • In light of how God has designed your personal gifts and talents, how would you best be able to partner with God, and God’s people, to fulfill God’s mission of making disciples of all nations?
  • What is something you would love to do 40 hours per week every week for the rest of your life?
  • What is something big enough to take your entire life to accomplish while being specific enough that only you (think 1/1000 people) can do it?
  • What are 10 words you would use to describe your core values? (e.g. personal development, love, friendship, unity, etc.)
  • What are 10 words you would use to describe your core competencies? (e.g. writing, editing, inspiring, administrating, etc.)
  • What are you doing when you are most alive? When time flies? When your energy soars and your emotions are joyfully engaged?
  • Which life accomplishments are you most proud of? What does this tell you about the way you are wired? About what you value?
  • Who are some of your biggest heroes and why?
  • What do you want to be remembered for? Why?
  • Is there a particular demographic you want to serve? (e.g. refugees, politicians, divorcees, children, etc.)

Requirements of a Great Mission Statement:       After reading your rough draft aloud,

  • you feel inspired.
  • it makes sense 
  • your two best friends would agree with it
  • you realize that doing this will take your entire life
  • you can think of—at most—only one other person in your life who would have a mission statement very similar
  • you would become your own biggest hero if you were to actually fulfill your mission statement for a lifetime
  • you can memorize it quickly
  • you realize that you CAN do it in EVERY season of life, to one degree or another

Some Examples:

  • To joyfully identify, inspire, equip and send Spirit-led leaders who make disciple-making disciples and plant church-planting churches in all nations
  • To live with Christ in the impossible
  • I was born to bring about reconciliation between two or more parties with long-term, traumatic conflicts
  • Reforming the American Church toward personal holiness
  • Teaching the next generation of church leaders how to faithfully shepherd the people of God entrusted to them
  • To glorify God through developing artists in the inner city of Detroit
  • I’m determined to craft excellent, inspiring music for the global, urban context
  • To bring systematic changes to the court system of the State of Georgia to increase justice