Mission statements, when done by big corporations and imposed on others, are generally laughable. I mean, really, either they state the obvious about what you’re about, or they’re hypocritical about what you’re about. I’m sure they’re more useful than that, but despite having been part of a mission statement writing process, I’m not too into them.
On the other hand, when *I* personally set out to do something, I often need a mission statement. Which is another way of saying, “Why am I doing this? What am I hoping to accomplish? What would a successful outcome be for me?” A mission statement is the answer.
So here is my mission statement for my youth group/Sunday School.
The purpose of this Sunday School class is:
To teach our youth about God’s presence in this world and in our lives.
To show the youth ways that God’s presence directs and informs our understanding of the world.
To encourage a daily living out of whatever beliefs our youth hold.
To give a cultural and historical understanding of Christianity, in context to other religions and to current events.
To create young adults with enough curiosity to want to ask the great questions of faith, enough knowledge to know where to begin asking, and enough courage to confront these questions head-on and change the way they live their lives because of the answers they find.
So that’s what I’m headed for, in 45 easy lessons. Wish me luck, friends.
Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.
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