My kid’s ministry staff and I have been processing how to give more weight to our Mission Statement . . . how to put “meat on the bone” so to speak. We’ve recently read through Andy Stanley’s book Making Vision Stick and learned that a mission statement, a vision, needs some other elements to help with clarity, to make our vision stick, and to create a weight that reinforces the importance and relevance of our mission.
1. Define the Problem: What problem does our Mission Statement address?
2. Offer a Solution: How is our mission a solution to the problem?
3. Present the Reason: Why does our mission need to be carried out now?
We are still shaping the answers to these questions . . . but this is where we are for the moment:
Our Mission Statement in Kids Min:
To partner with parents to help kids become growing followers of Jesus.
DEFINE THE PROBLEM:
From birth to age 12 a child is building his or her understanding of the world through the lens of whoever or whatever holds a place of influence. In most cases the church is not creating environments that EARN a place of influence in a child’s life. And even though, whether realized or not, parents hold the greatest influence, the church often fails at inspiring and empowering parents to claim their role as a child’s most important spiritual leader.
We at Grace recognize this problem and passionately pursue a partnership with parents that empower a mom and dad to actively engage in their child’s life as his or her most important spiritual leaders. As a ministry we desire to EARN a place in a child’s heart as an influencer. We believe that when partnerships are formed and a place of influence has been achieved we have a greater opportunity to help a child grow in his or her relationship with Jesus. This is why our mission statement is as follows: Our kid’s ministry exists to partner with parents to help kids become growing followers of Jesus.
As each year passes in a child’s life, the church and parents either lose or gain influence in shaping a child’s basic understanding of the world, of life, and, most importantly, of God. A year with or without a mom and dad acting out their role as the child’s most important spiritual leader coupled with a partnership with a church that does or doesn’t fight for a place of influence has the weight of setting a course for a child to either experience an eternity with or without God.