Family Mission Statement

About a year ago at the prodding of some wise friends from church my wife and I set out to establish our family mission. I helped with a lot of the wording and my wife supplied a beautiful and creative way to display it so that all who enter our home can know what we are all about and hold us accountable. It has been very useful to look at from time to time to make sure that our decisions are in line with our values. Personally, I find it especially useful with regards to parenting decisions. In light of comments by friends and family who liked the idea as well as it being featured in some premarital and marital counseling curriculum I thought it may be useful to post here. Most businesses set out to determine what they are all about pretty early on, but our families tend to shoot from the hip and play it by ear.

Obviously should your family decide to do something like this you would want to sit down and talk with everyone to decide what is important to you and how you envision life together. For us, what follows is our family’s mission…

We desire to passionately pursue…

Creativity in all areas of life…

Justice and Mercy with a focus on the disenfranchised and ignored both locally and globally…

Knowledge and Wisdom seeking to grow in maturity and ability…

…and to cultivate…

Independence-working towards personal growth and integrity; taking initiative.

Peace-a spirit of contentment and satisfaction.

Community-an enviornment built on trust, openness and fun.

…And above all…

We will love God and love people.

Could your family use something to help you all focus and unify, help to guide in decisions? Maybe take a Saturday coming up and set aside sometime to talk about your thoughts. The impact can be pretty profound.