Businesses, organizations, and other groups usually have a mission statement to keep the members focused on their primary goals. Our family decided to take this idea and apply it to our household. We get busy in the struggle to keep our heads above the water of life and we forget our purpose. We lose sight of the prize at the end of the race. Our mission statement allows us to refocus on the things that are truly important instead of the futile & mundane tasks that we tend to bury ourselves in.
Writing a Family Mission Statement
Step 1: Pray
Ask God what He is calling your family to do. Pray for Him to show you what He wants you to focus on in your home.
Step 2: Pick your poison.
Decide what areas you want your family to focus on. What could you do daily to improve the lives of your family & others around you? Are there habits that could grow the faith & bond within your family? What are your family’s core values?
You can download detailed evaluation worksheets from Intentional by Grace to help out with this step.
Step 3: Write action statements.
Write an action statement for each area that you & your family chose. These statements should be pretty concise in order to act as quick purpose reminders.
It is important to display your mission statement where the each family member can see it each day. We keep ours at the top of our kitchen command center.
My family & I chose 4 areas that we wanted to focus on in our lives. We then wrote one action statement for each area.
- Character- The mission of the Quinn Family is to maintain a Christ-centered home where respect, forgiveness, hard work, and integrity abound.
- Service & Love- We strive to remember our purpose on earth as we serve others and honor Christ’s sacrifice through our actions, thoughts, and words.
- Prayer– We will pray together daily to seek God’s will for our lives and to filter all decisions through the lens of Jesus Christ.
- Live Separately & Glorify Christ- Our home should serve as a shelter from the world and function in such a way that Christ is exalted above all else
Your family mission statement can be as simple or as complex as you like. It should just be a reflection of what your family hopes to accomplish within your home. I encourage you to update your mission statement as needed. We will probably freshen ours up within the next year since our family dynamic has changed drastically (we moved & added 2 more children to our family since this one was written).
What are you waiting for? Sit down with your fam & start writing, mama! :):)