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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

What Is Your Mission Statement

In 1998 I decided I needed to write a mission statement and it took me a while to think of what I wanted it to be. I needed for me - to hold myself accountable. I try to read it often, keeping a copy in my Bible and I have it taped up in my office at work. My mission statement is to, "Live my life in joy by always having a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, share this joy with others and pass it down for generations to come."

To write a mission statement you have to really think about what is important to you. I think you can find mission statements in the Bible. Genesis 12: 2, "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” God made this covenant with Abram. He told him, "you will be a blessing." We can all use that mission statement!

I think Paul had a mission statement from Philippians 3: 10-11, "I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead." Also from Acts 21: 11-12, "Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, 'The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem." Paul wanted to know Jesus, he wanted to experience Jesus' power and he wanted to identify with sufferings.

Our relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship we will ever have. We want every person in every nation to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him. If we help someone do this then they can grow in their faith and share that Truth with other's, the ripple effect. While looking at mission statements I saw one from Our Daily Bread that I love. "Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all."


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