A mission statement is, in essence, a written-down reason for being – whether for a person or for a company. It is the key to finding your path in life.
Webster’s College Dictionary gives several definitions of the word “mission.” Among them are:
- a specific task that a person or group of persons is sent to perform;
- the place of work of such persons, or the territory of their responsibility;
- a military operational task, usually assigned by a higher headquarters;
- an aerospace operation designed to carry out the goals of a specific program;
- an allotted or self-imposed duty or task; a calling.
A mission statement is a written-down reason for your existence – whether for a person or for an organization. A mission statement becomes a clear tool to find your path in life, and identify the purpose that God created you to follow and fulfill. Having a clearly written mission statement gives you a guide that you can use to initiate, evaluate, and refine all of your activities.
While mission statements have only recently become popular, they have actually been around for centuries. Two thousand years ago, Jesus declared His mission statement in a single sentence.
“… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, NKJV).
He then clarified that mission statement for those around Him.
John 12:46-47, NIV – “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. [ie. to give life. and life more abundantly].”
Everything that Jesus did, whether ministering to children, turning water into wine, teaching people at the seashore, or challenging the corrupt religious system … Jesus did because of His mission statement. His mission statement not only covered His work (ministry) life, but also His personal and leisure time, as well It also helped Him determine and focus His activities. When the woman caught in adultery was brought before Him, He refused to judge her, because His mission was not to condemn, but to give life. Knowing His mission helped Him decide how to act (and not act), what to do (and not do), and even what to say (and not say) when challenging situations arose.
All Great Leaders Had a Mission Statement
The truth is that all great leaders in history have had mission statements that were no more than a single sentence long.
- Abraham Lincoln – preserve the Union.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt – end the Depression.
- Nelson Mandela – end apartheid.
- Mother Teresa – show mercy and compassion to the dying.
- Joan of Arc – free France.
- Nehemiah – rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
- Paul – bring the gospel to the Gentiles.
Through the two seminars “Discovering Your Purpose”, Part I and Part II, you are going to be given the tools you need to discover what is your purpose in life, what path you need to be on, and how to get to where you need to go. That’s what “Purpose” is all about. Purpose is not just knowing what you should be doing, but also being able to “picture” what you should be doing, knowing what steps to take to get there, and being able to monitor your progress to make sure that you stay on track.