Writing a family mission statement can help your family focus on your values and remember what your priorities are. Having a family mission statement can also bring unity to your family because you’re working together towards a common goal.
Below you’ll find steps you can follow to create your own family mission statement, and a sample to get you started.
Preparing to Write Your Family Mission Statement
Before you sit down with your family to write your mission statement together, sit down with God and ask Him to reveal what His mission for your family is. Just as God has given each member of your family unique gifts and talents, He also has a unique mission for your family. So, you don’t need to create your mission statement, but discover the mission God already has in mind for your family.
You can even look up a sample family mission statement in the Bible to give you some ideas for yours. In Genesis 18:19, you’ll see God’s mission statement for Abraham’s family. You might already be familiar with Joshua’s family mission statement in Joshua 24:15. David’s mission statement is in 1 Kings 2:1-4. Stephanas’ family has a very straightforward mission statement in 1 Corinthians 16:15.
How to Write Your Family Mission Statement
When you’re ready to write your family’s mission statement, choose a time when the whole family can participate. Make sure no one’s hungry for dinner or ready for a nap. Your family members will be more interested in fulfilling a mission statement they helped to write, instead of just following one you write for them.
There’s no right or wrong way to write a family mission statement. An easy way to start is by asking a simple question like “What does family mean to you?” or or “What do you think God wants our family to be like?” and writing down your family’s answers. If you’re writing a mission statement with young children, you can write their answers down in colorful words and pictures. For older children, work with them to rewrite their ideas into sentences or a short paragraph.
Sample Family Mission Statement
Here are some sample family mission statements that might give you ideas for your own:
“Our family mission is to share God’s love with our neighbors.”
“Our family is devoted to raising money to give to Christian organizations, to help them spread the gospel.”
“Our family goal is to love each other and everyone around us unconditionally.”
“We devote our family to creating a safe, nurturing environment where all our family members are respected and encouraged to develop the talents God gave them.”
How to Use Your Family Mission Statement
After you’ve written your family mission statement, don’t put it away in a drawer and leave it there. Hang it up in a place where everyone can see it each day to remind your family of your goals on a daily basis.
Everyone in your family should try to memorize your mission statement, too. It will be easier to follow if everyone knows it by memory.
Finally, apply your mission statement to your everyday life. When you have to make a family decision, or choose your priorities, talk about which choice will best help you fulfill your mission statement.
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