Today, we’re going to take a look at renovating your Women’s Ministry Mission statement.
I probably should have made this number 1 on the list, rather than listing them alphabetically.
You need to know what you’re aiming for before you can decide what needs renovation.
Our team in Kentucky went through the process of updating our mission statement over the course of several months.
Here’s a rundown of how we walked through that process:
- We prayed that God would guide our efforts.
- We brainstormed as a team a list of ideas we wanted to include on a dry erase board.
- We looked for repeated ideas, ideas that could be combined, and narrowed down what was most important to convey. You can do this on the dry erase board, but may wish to use a different colored marker.
- We worked to form a sentence that answered “what”, “who”, “why”, and “how”.
- We took that rough draft home and prayed and revised it at our next meeting.
- Once we had our final draft, we submitted it to our pastoral staff for approval.
Your job, as leader, is to make sure the focus is on God and what He wants, not what we (the team, women in our church) want. Be careful the list of “how” isn’t so specific that if God changes your direction your mission statement is impacted. I.E. I would not say “through annual teas, retreats, and mission trips we will….”
A few thoughts for you:
- Your mission statement should align closely with the mission of your specific church.
- Your mission statement should be used as a plumb line off which to base future decisions. All activities, ideas, and events that your ministry produces should fit within the boundaries of your mission statement. You may even need to ask your team, does “x” fit in with our mission statement?
- Spend time in prayer before that meeting and ask God to give you direction specifically about your mission statement.
- Guide your team through questions so that they uncover the answers. What is our goal? Who are we trying to reach? How are we going to reach them? Does this encompass what we do or what we believe God wants us to do?
- Give your team time to pray and meditate on the mission statement before finalizing it. It gives God a chance to speak to their heart and yours.
- Place a copy of that mission statement in everyone’s binder.
- Make your women aware of your mission statement by putting it on your bulletin board, in your programs, on your website and Facebook page, etc. You could even read it at some of your meetings.
I will share with you the mission statements from my former churches in North Carolina and Kentucky. But please don’t copy either one.
God has something specific in mind for your ministry.
Writing a mission statement as a team creates a shared vision and provides an opportunity to listen to God together.
From Kentucky (created in 2012): To glorify God through prayerfully planned activities and events for women in our church and community which promote spiritual growth and lead women to Christ. We seek to serve women, both locally and internationally, with love and grace.
From North Carolina (created in 2008): We prayerfully seek to glorify God by offering events and activities for our church and community that are biblically focused and address the spiritual needs of women, support missions, and promote fellowship, thereby encouraging and strengthening each woman’s relationship with Jesus Christ. Through prayer, God’s word, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we desire to create a fellowship of women that serve others with compassion and love each other with a spirit of grace and forgiveness.
Does your Women’s Ministry have a mission statement? Would you share it with us in the comments?
You may also want to read:
What area of ministry is God asking you to renovate?
Reno Project #1: Excessive Decorations
Reno Project #3: Offerings
Reno Project #4: Updating Your Publicity
Reno Project #5: Technology
Reno Project #6: Providing Better Training