Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What is our Mission?

AFLAC, To combine aggressive strategic marketing with quality products and services at competitive prices to provide the best insurance value for consumers. 

Chevron,  At the heart of The Chevron Way is our Vision to be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and performance. 

CVS, We will be the easiest pharmacy retailer for customers to use. 

Dollar General Corporation, Serving Others For Customers A Better Life For Shareholders A Superior Return For Employees Respect and Opportunity 

What are these? That is probably the question you are asking yourself.  

A little while back, I spent almost a year researching and trying to start my own business.  I read every book I could get my hands on and researched every aspect I could think of (man, oh, man was that tax stuff boring!). I must have read a dozen books about how to start your own company and listened to hours of podcasts and audio books on the subject.  In everything I read and listened to from various authors and about all sorts of companies, there was one common trend - if you want to ever be successful, you have to know who you are and what you want before you start.

So to answer your question, (or the question I presumed that you would ask), those are mission statements.  A mission statement is a summary of the aims and values of a company, organization, or individual.  Yes, this is a method used by business, but it also a practice that is recommended to individuals to outline their goals in life and is a highly recommended practice for a youth group.

Here at Holy Communion, our mission statement is to be an Episcopal Church in the center of Memphis that seeks to be a sacred presence, grounded in the servant ministry of Jesus, offering spiritual growth opportunities for all.

It is no secret; we are in a time of transition here at our church.  We have had countless changes in staff, priests, and youth directors.  When it comes to youth, continuity is very important, and three youth directors in about three years is not ideal.However, I firmly believe that great things can come from where we are. So I am calling all youth, parents, and everyone out there, to help us reach the amazing potential that I know our group of youth can reach.

As we look to make a fresh start once again, let us define our mission statement by considering the following model developed by Dave Ramsey:
  "Before you do any serious goal setting or personal/business planning, you should  
sit down and write out a personal mission statement. This says in concrete terms  
who you are, what's important to you, and what you want to accomplish in life."

I ask you -  Who are we?  Where do you want us to go from here?  What is important to you that we need to focus on?  What should our focus be?  How do we move forward?

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