Growing a well-rounded, goal-oriented, purposeful, and intentional family can be a daunting task especially for mamas who are trying to do.all.the.things. No one person can “do-it-all” so it is very important for families to outline their most important priorities to ensure that the essentials are being taken care of on a day-to-day basis. What is the best way to lay these priorities out? How can you gather the goals of your family unit into a format that is easy for each family member to memorize and hold on to? Taking the time to create a focused family mission statement is the answer. Let’s take look at what a family missions statement is, why your family needs one, and how you can create one that will positively impact your family in the short and long-term.
Creating a Purposeful Family Mission Statement
What is a Family Mission Statement?
A family mission statement is a short paragraph, a bullet point list, or a set of categorized statements that showcase the family’s core values, goals, and convictions. A mission statement helps family members stay focused on the central goals of the family unit as they go throughout each day
Why Do You Need One?
Businesses, organizations, and teams usually have a mission statement to keep their members focused on the primary goals of the group. Why should a family unit be any different? Family members have a tendency to get busy in the struggle of keeping their heads above the water of life and they often forget their core values and their purpose. It can be easy to lose sight of the prize at the end of the race. Creating a mission statement allows a family to refocus on the things that are truly important instead of the futile and mundane tasks that we tend to bury ourselves in.
Individuals also need a “why” for everything that they do. When there are no long-term positive effects for daily tasks, motivation & endurance are lost, quality of work suffers, and precious time is wasted. A focused “why” statement can give purpose and meaning to daily routines that would otherwise seems mundane and pointless.
How Do You Write a Family Mission Statement?
Step 1: Pray for guidance
The first step in everything that you do should always be prayer. Bring your questions, worries, fears, and personal goals to God. Ask Him what He is calling you and your family to do. Pray that He will show you what He wants the focus to be inside your home.
Step 2: Involve the family
Since you aren’t the only person in your family, you will definitely want to talk with your spouse and your children about what their priorities and goals are. Sit down with just your spouse first and then you can both chat with the children individually and as a group.
Step 3: Ask important questions
Bring up several questions that will guide your family to the proper action statements for your personalized family mission statement. Some of these questions might sound simple and skin-deep, but I promise you that they are all important.
Questions to ask:
- What do we value as a family?
- What do we do well as individuals and as a family unit?
- What could we do better?
- What causes us stress?
- What brings us joy?
- What is our ultimate goal in life?
- What legacy do we want to leave?
- How do we want our home to feel?
- What are three things that we want to teach our children above everything else?
- How do we serve each other?
- How do we serve others?
- What makes our family unique?
- What are 5 and 10 year goals for our family?
- How can we grow in our faith as a family?
- What are the core values in our home?
Step 4: Write action statements
Now you can choose what actions your family wants to take in response to the answers from Step 2. Write concise action statements that will serve as quick purpose reminders throughout your day. You can place these action statements under categories or you can put them in a bullet form.
My family and I chose 4 categories that we wanted to focus on in our family mission statement. We then wrote one action statement for each category.
- 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.
- Lifestyle & Environment– We will be good stewards of the resources that God has provided. Our home should serve as a shelter from the world and function in such a way that Christ is exalted above all else.
Step 5: Type it up
I just making your family mission statement look appealing by typing, writing neatly, having cute graphics, etc. Your eye is more likely to be drawn to it each day if it looks nice. If you want to use a template, you can download mine here.
Step 6: Display your family mission statement.
It is important to display your mission statement where the each family member can see it each day. We keep ours in the command center that is on a wall in our kitchen. I keep the mission statement low enough that the children can easily read it for themselves as they walk past.
Step 7: Rewrite as needed
As your family grows and changes, your mission statement will need to adapt. Ask the list of questions again and re-write your statement as needed.
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).
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