Discover the story God is writing for your family. Learn how to write a family mission statement and start living your story with intention.
In today’s culture, we’re all about sharing stories. We flock to social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to tell our tale through daily photos and to watch the story of others’ lives unfold in our feed.
The more we have access to the story of others, the more we wonder about our own. Comparison is a trap more dangerous than ever before because we are watching the lives of others all.day.long. But there is so much purpose to be found in our own story. And our story doesn’t have to be filled with comparison, guilt, confusion or regret.
When we intentionally pursue the VALUES, VISION and MISSION of our own unique family, we don’t have time to compare ourselves to others. So focused on our family mission, we abandon our need to compare and compete. Discovering our family mission, owning it and bravely living it out allows our story to be strengthened as each chapter unfolds.
Our actions and decisions; the way we live our life and the things we do or don’t do, tell a story. Each day of our existence – the magnificent and the mundane – collect like words on a page or chapters in a book to tell the story of our lives.
Each person’s life is a story that is telling itself in the living. William Throsby Bridges
A mission statement is a guideline by which we will live our life and tell our story. Our family mission statement can be like a compass or a map to guide our way as we navigate our goals and our story.
Writing a family mission statement can seem like an overwhelming task. We’ve broken it down here in 3 simple steps. Set aside time as a family to talk through these important details of your family life then work together (with careful consideration and prayer) to determine your family mission.
How to Write a Family Mission Statement
Step 1: Begin with your why (family values)
Ask: What do we value as a family? How does the way we spend our time and resources reveal what’s important to us? What does the Bible say we should value?
Step 2: Decide where you want to be in 12-24 months and 3-5 years from now (cast vision)
Ask: Where do we want to go in the next 12-24 months? What do we want life to look like 3-5 years from now?
Step 3: Determine how you will get there (family mission)
Ask: What do we need to be doing or how do we need to be living now to get us where we want to go?
Values (why) + Vision (where) = Our Family Mission (how)
We’ll walk you through this process is greater depth plus guide your family on a 4 week devotional journey in our latest community study – Becoming a Family on Mission.
Get your Becoming a Family on Mission* Bible Study + Family Mission Statement Guide HERE.
*Becoming a Family on Mission is part of our new ROOTED Family Bible Study series.
Rooted: Bible Studies for Growing Up Kids
We understand it can be challenging for families to find resources they can use with their kids of varying ages. What works for a 3 year old just simply doesn’t work for a child age 13+. And while I hope and pray our older kids learn to lead their younger siblings, I want the tools we provide here to meet kids where they are right now.
That’s the heart behind Rooted: Bible Studies for Growing Up Kids. Our Bible studies and devotionals are written primarily with kids age 6-10 in mind but include study extensions for older ones age 10+ (Dig Deeper) and little ones age 3-6 (Seeds of Character).
Rooted studies were designed to help all families gather together and grow in faith!
The best part is, our Rooted studies are FREE to subscribers of Gather & Grow! We release a new, simple study each season to help your family find a faith-building rhythm that works in the midst of your busy life.
With Rooted, your family Bible study time can be completed in as little as 10 minutes. Or you can linger in conversation or do the preschool activity together as a family. Keep it as simple or as in depth as you need for your unique schedule!
Each lesson follows our 5 & Thrive Bible Study Method and includes conversation starters plus a simple take-away that’s easy to remember, no matter your age!
We’re making this the year to discover the story God wants to write for our family so we can begin to intentionally live it out in all the areas that matter most! I hope you’ll join us.
Have you written a family mission statement? I’d love for you to share it in the comments to encourage and inspire others!