Purposeful Motherhood: How To Create A Mission Statement

Today we’re going to create a mission statement. Yay!

I highly encourage you to set aside some time to work on this from beginning to end. It will require some focus, thought and prayer. But don’t worry about making it perfect, just get a good rough draft. You can tweak it and refine it in the coming weeks.

List Your Roles

The first step in creating a mission statement is to identify your roles in life. Some of them might be things you do. Some of them might be things you are. As you write things down, don’t worry about your order, just write.

Examples:

Wife
Runner
Writer
Christian
Business owner
Employee
Mother
Sunday School Teacher
Small group leader

Prioritize Your Roles

Now order your roles according to what is important to you. Don’t order them according to the places of your greatest responsibility or reward, but rather based on what is most vital and important to you.

For example:
When I was making my mission statement my list looked something like this.

Believer
Wife
Mother
Writer
Small group leader
Runner
Web designer

Simplify Your Roles

Which of your roles are absolute? Which ones MUST you do?

This is where it gets hard. We don’t want to exclude anything, but we must. Our mission statement should not include everything we want to do. It’s kind of like a map. If we stop in every single town along the way, we’ll never reach our destination.

Your mission statement needs to be focused, so that when you’re feeling scattered, you can rely on it to get you back on track.

Example:
When I made my mission statement, I focused on my top four roles. Not that the others weren’t important to me, but the top four are my core.

Believer
Wife
Mother
Writer

Dream

Now select your first priority. Write it down. Take a few minutes to decide what your ultimate dream goal for that role would be. When runners run a race, they don’t just run. They always know where the finish line is and they run to it. If someone were to talk about you in this role, what would you love for them to say?

It doesn’t need to be perfectly worded. Just jot things down.

Now continue this process for each role.

Example:
Now this may be kind of morbid, but when I worked on my mission statement, I thought about what I would want people to say about me when I die.

I’d want God to say,”Well done, good and faithful servant.” I’d want Jimmy to say I was a good and loving wife. I’d want my kids to say that I loved them well and helped them live lives in passionate pursuit of God. And I’d want others to say that I inspired them to love Jesus more.

Create Action Statements

Now it’s time to work your list for each role into actionable phrases. Your mission statement should be active. It should tell you what you should be doing.

Example:
Here’s what I came up with for my mission statement:

To pursue Jesus with my whole heart and surrender all that I am and all that I have so that I can be fully used by Him.
To make Jimmy feel loved, cared for and admired.
To have fun with my children and help them grow up to be people who know, deeply love and wholeheartedly serve God.
To live my life in such a way that others are inspired to fully pursue Jesus and desire constant growth in their personal lives.

Conclusion

More than anything, spend time praying as you develop your mission statement. Ask God to make sure His desires and your desires are aligned. Ask for wisdom and words that will inspire you when times get tough. He has big plans for you, make time to find out what they are.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

Care To Share?

I realize that your mission statement is very personal, but I’m sure it would inspire others to read what you’ve created. If you’d like to, please share your mission statement here in the comments.

And of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Comments

  1. Here is mine:

    My Housekeeping Mission Statement

    To provide an inviting and peaceful household environment, for my family and all that enter, that is conducive to living simply, loving deeply and laughing abundantly. I will make strides everyday to achieve this by practicing and teaching good daily habits and routines along with effective organizational skills. I will graciously and cheerfully serve my family and genuinely enjoy my commitment to creating a home sanctuary that is above all else pleasing to God.

    • Wow. I LOVE that.

      Honestly, I read this last night and have thought about it ever since. It’s so inspiring. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. I love your pace. Thank you for helping me take this slowly. I tend to rush ahead without absorbing what I’m reading.

    I have a bad attitude about mission statements, but I am ignoring myy inner rebel and doing this process anyway.

    Thanks again!

  3. I’ve not been ignoring you!! My reader is not showing your new posts…..I just checked today bc I thought it odd you hadn’t written, even tho you’ve been sick. I’ll catch up this afternoon-

    • Yes, there seem to be some issues with my feed. I’m having a lot of trouble figuring out the problem. Thanks for checking in!

  4. thank you for the post on mission statement…it is motivating enough.

  5. Stripped down to it’s simpliest form, so that it can get me back on track when I’m feeling scattered like you mention….thank you!

    My Quest
    (To Become All That I Can Be)

    Yield to God’s wisdom…always.
    Exemplify and teach the ‘golden rule’ to my children.
    Cherish my husband.
    Lift the spirits of others and myself.

  6. I’ve been working on this all week…Thank you for the inspiration.

    To know God so intimately that I live wholly surrendered because I know how worth it He is.
    To love my husband the way that Jesus wants me to.
    To love my kids with Jesus’ love so they will see Him and want to follow hard after Him.
    To help others want to know the real Jesus, by how I live and in what I say.

  7. I want to be a woman who…
    Faithfully pursues God in a way where I can hear from Him regularly, apply truth in all situations and communicate His love to others clearly.
    Makes my husband feel loved, accepted and admired.
    Makes my children feel loved and accepted no matter how they act, and to have fun with them. To help them grow in the knowledge of Jesus.
    Learns more of the Bosnian language every day and accomplishes specific goals each month. (we live in Bosnia)

  8. You have no idea how much this post inspired me!! It was truly a timely gift from God for me. Today (well, yesterday) was a really rough day for me Mommy-wise, and after a mini breakdown, I found this. THANK YOU!! I am working on my mission statement, and hope to be able to share it soon.
    .-= Lisa Middleton´s last blog ..Awesome mail and D90 tips. =-.

  9. Ok! Here’s mine! It’s been awesome just praying about this and writing it! I’m so glad to have done this and am glad I will have it when I need it to help me get back on track.

    To seek God and to abide in Him faithfully. To know His word so that I may apply truth in all situations and live in a way that clearly shows people His love and grace.

    To love J well and to be a helper to him physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

    To love my children well and to teach them through example to love Truth and to live joy-filled lives.

    To express Jesus’ love to others by creating and keeping a home that is a place of cultivating peace, health, comfort, and creativity, in order to reach the most important goal of fully trusting in and being used by God.

  10. This is a good exercise for me. I think this will give me direction in my homemaking. Here is mine:
    To give glory to God in all that I say, do, and think.
    To cultivate the hidden woman of the heart, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4)
    To support and cherish hubby, providing him with consistent affirmation, and making him feel special.
    To create a welcoming atmosphere of joy in my home and cultivate hospitality.
    To foster simplicity, order, and organization so that angels would want to linger in my home.
    .-= Joelle´s last blog ..Menu Plan for Week of April 4 =-.

  11. I’m new to your blog but have always loved setting goals.

    Yield to God’s wisdom and refinement…always.
    Cherish and respect my husband.
    Exemplify and teach the ‘golden rule’ to my children, and exemplify/teach passionate love, faith, and obedience towards God.

    Encourage the spirits and of others and myself and model Christ’s servant heart.
    To run as one “running for the prize”particpating in lifelong exercise.
    To maintain a home environment that is conducive to hospitality, well managed, and is a place where people want to be.

  12. I wish mine was as succinct as Laura’s, but here we go:

    To show other God’s love daily through my words and actions. To submit daily to Him so that He might use me to my full potential. To immerse myself daily in the Word so that I might more closely walk with God.

    To love my husband Levi to my utmost ability. To make him feel loved, respected, and well cared for. I want him to feel like I am the heart of the family…the glue that holds us all together.

    To model Christ’s love to my son Oliver and teach him to put God first. To love him unconditionally, no matter what the circumstances. To lead Oliver to God, and to let God transform his life the way He has mine!

    Thank you, Kat, for helping me organize these thoughts! You’re fantastic. =)
    .-= Lisa Middleton´s last blog ..Happy Easter! =-.

  13. I want to live in God’s world with an open, appreciative and loving heart and seek to be His hands in the lives of others.

  14. That’s darling David Archuleta ———->
    Im not sure how he came to be my avi here, but there he is. And he IS a wonderful example of all good things :) so I guess its appropriate :).

  15. I am a little late to the party- but better late than never, right?

    Here it goes:

    To know God intimately
    thru study of His Word, Worship, Prayer and Fellowship
    And live on His Precepts daily.

    To love my husband and encourage him in his faith
    To walk beside him and take care of and meet his needs.

    To raise my children to know Jesus and serve Him
    That they may grow in wisdom and stature, and that they may have kind and generous hearts.

    To create a home where love grows, where people feel welcome and see Jesus in our lives.

    And to live my life creatively, healthy, and simply. To not sweat the small stuff and to remember to FOUCS on what is most important. To act with integrity and give God glory in all I do.

    Thanks for the encouragement Kat!!!
    .-= Kristi´s last blog ..Update =-.

  16. I have been working on this for a while–even before I came across your blog. There is so much I want to say/do with my life, I decided to focus on verbs. Maybe it isn’t a true mission statement, but here it is:

    Contribute
    Love
    Learn
    Respect
    Enjoy

  17. Kat, I LOVE this bit

    Our mission statement should not include everything we want to do. It’s kind of like a map. If we stop in every single town along the way, we’ll never reach our destination.

    Beautiful way of putting it!

    I wrote this about a month or two back and I think I’m going to use your process to redefine it further!

    http://leighloveslists.blogspot.com/2010/02/redefining-success.html
    .-= Leigh from 123 blog´s last blog ..Procrastination by blog carnival :) =-.

  18. Here’s my first draft…
    To know God and His Word and to trust him in everything, that His love for me may overflow into every aspect of my life.
    To be a passionate and involved wife to Brett, that he feels loved and respected.
    To have fun with our children, listening and being available, always leading them to God, so that they may grow up to know, love and want to serve Him.
    To shine God’s light to my family, friends and ‘neighbours’, using my gifts and talents and interactions to always point back to Christ and His gospel.
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..Wall Art =-.

  19. stephanie says:

    I know this post is a little older, but I just stumbled across your blog and love this idea….very timely for me! I look forward to putting spirit-led pen to paper and a voice to my heart. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. i did it!
    i just found your blog this week (and SO grateful that i did).
    i spent some soul-searching time last night coming up with my mission statements for the four most important areas of my life:
    MOTHER
    *i will strive to be patient & loving with spencer & coleman, spend quality time with them, while focusing on fun and actively setting a good example of the qualities for which they should desire for themselves.*

    WIFE
    *i will strive to be patient and understanding with matt; be attentive to his needs and cherish him selflessly*

    CHRISTIAN
    *i will strive to be a more devoted christian with consistent prayer and worship, aiming to be a model to others*

    WRITER
    *i will strive to write often and consistently for both personal reflection and public consumption, reaching to expand my level of creativity*
    .-= holly´s last blog ..totally inspired =-.

  21. Ok, so I decided to write my Mission Statement in the present tense as to who I want to be and how I want my life to be. this is the first draft:

    I am a strong Christian woman in body and soul.
    I have a husband who feels loved and content.
    I have children who are confident and kind Christians who know they are loved unconditionally.
    My family and friends know my heart and home are open to them at all times.

    Thanks for your blog. I am slowly making my way through it.

  22. Kat-
    I just have to tell you that we share a very similar heart as it relates to “action” in the lives of women. My team and I have just launched a new ministry titled “bloom” (Building a Legacy of Obedient Mothers-still finalizing the acronym) geared toward practical application. Just last week I taught on the importance of having a mission statement as mothers and the Lord led me right to your workbook. I had been seeking out God inspired outlines and steps to walk my ladies through such a process and after searching for some time through many secular avenues, I stumbled upon your site and actually used your workbook to guide all my students through the process your book laid out. I want you to know that as of last Wednesday, 40 more women have taken a step toward becoming more intentional toward their calling as mothers as well as their relationship with Christ. Thank you for being so faithful to fulfill the vision that God has for you; you have certainly made a difference for the kingdom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have directed my entire class to your site and plan to use more of your resources at a later time. Thank you.

  23. Another very last comment, but I’m a brand new follower…
    I started working on my mission statement a few days ago, and as I was thinking through it, I did my daily Bible reading and God landed it right in my lap! I couldn’t have come up with a better one:

    “Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue (or excellence), virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    -2 Peter 1:5b-8
    The above reaches every level of my roles, priorities and goals – I’m so excited to have a mission statement to bring focus to my efforts!!
    Thanks so much for the post and blog – it’s the best I’ve found yet for helping me with mothering/homemaking!
    God bless you.

  24. I have read this verse before, but it struck me to the core today when I read it. Thank you for posting it. I need to copy it down and stick it in a prominent place!

  25. To have a home where each person feels respected and cherished.
    To take every single thought captive and obedient to Christ.
    To be patient, gentle, and full of grace.
    To seek growth through discussion, reading, and cultivation of gifts and talents.

  26. Maybe not a mission statement in the true sense, but one that I am happy with, and is how I see myself and my world.

    Respect
    Honesty
    Trust
    Love

    Respect is how I define my world. If you don’t have respect for yourself you will not make positive choices about your self and your behaviour. If you do not have respect for others, you will not treat them well. If you do not have respect for the environment and the community, you will not be socially active and contribute. If you do not have respect for your job/employment, you will not put effort in.

  27. To live freely and find myself without succumbing to fear, and inspire others to do the same and stand up for their dreams. To make conscious decisions to be good rather than bad. To find meaning and beauty.
    To raise well aware, smart, loving children who I will always share a close bond with. And to not overwhelm or burden them with the image of perfection.
    To nurture my husbands spirit, to cherish our relationship and the love that we create between us.

  28. Hello, Kat :)

    I am new to your blog, but am in LOVE. I feel like I’m reading the thoughts of my Better Self. :)

    I have always been one of lofty (and numerous) goals for self improvement. Lately I’ve been seeking more focus and discernment, and this challenge was/is really helpful and inspiring.

    I have spent some time tonight developing my Life Statement, and I thought I’d share it. (I ‘stole’ the idea from another follower about writing it in the first person – love that!). It’s kind of long, but it feels right for now.

    …….
    (with God’s help) I am…
    • a student of Christ who pursues him with all of my heart; who knows and daily hears his Voice; who longs for the things he longs for; and whose actions puposefully play a part in reconciling heaven & earth. (Ps. 37:4, John 10:1-18)

    • a true life partner to Dan—encouraging him lead our family with wisdom, and to follow God’s call on his life; growing with him in genuine intimacy (body and soul); cultivating a heart of service and submission; always remembering what a gift he is in my life. (Rom. 12:9-13 MSG)

    • a life coach to my children—choosing to see them through their Father’s grace-filled eyes; praying without ceasing that they will grow to know God intimately, to love him deeply, to discover his purpose for their life at an early age, and to live it out with passion and courage. I treasure (find JOY) in every moment—from the minute to the magnificent. (Ex. 34:6, Eph. 1:17-29a and whole chapter)

    • whole—body/mind/soul. (body) I am a good steward of the body God has given me—developing healthy, active habits that I can pass down to my children. (mind) I release myself from the pursuit of the SuperWoman title. I make time for retreat and personal development that energizes and restores. (soul) I consistently carve out quiet, devotional time and engage in authentic, Biblical community. (John 10:10)

    (final note): I will not settle for less than his Best for me.

  29. sherelle says:

    Hi Kat! Thank you for your inspiring work. Thanks to Lindsay, too, for leading me to your website.

    I’m happy to share my mission statement with you and your readers. The first letters spell out my name. It just feels right to slowly discover myself and what my purpose here in life is. More power to you and God bless!

    Spend my life searching, knowing, and loving God
    Help those in need one person at a time
    Echo God’s love and wisdom through my own life
    Respect and understand my husband’s point of view always
    Express my love and devotion to my husband and my children daily
    Laugh hard and always see good things in others and in all situations
    Live mindfully and serve others well
    End the day with a grateful and cheerful heart.

  30. sherelle says:

    Here’s my updated mission statement…
    MY MISSION STATEMENT
    Spend my life searching, knowing, and loving God
    Honor the Lord with my manner of speech, dressing, and with my actions
    Echo God’s love and wisdom by living God’s word daily
    Respect Mike’s feelings and points of view by listening to him with an open heart
    Express my unconditional love and devotion to my loved ones, especially my children, daily
    Laugh hard and always see good things in others and in all situations
    Live mindfully and serve others well
    End the day with a grateful and cheerful heart.

  31. sherelle says:

    Here’s my updated mission statement…
    MY MISSION STATEMENT
    Spend my life searching, knowing, and loving God
    Honor the Lord with my manner of speech, dressing, and with my actions
    Echo God’s love and wisdom by living God’s word daily
    Respect Mike’s feelings and points of view by listening to him with an open heart
    Express my unconditional love and devotion to my loved ones, especially my children, daily
    Laugh hard and always see good things in others and in all situations
    Live mindfully and serve others well
    End the day with a grateful and cheerful heart.

  32. Had a hard time narrowing this down and am still not satisfied with it, but I’m desperate for something to help me remove the physical, mental, relational, and spiritual clutter from my life.

    Decided my overall goal is “whole-hearted love, obedience, and service that causes God and people to feel respected and cherished.”
    1. To whole-heartedly love, obey, and serve God in a way that leads to my full surrender to Him with every thought and action captive to Christ
    2. To whole-heartedly love, obey, and serve my husband in a way that frees him for his calling in life and causes others, including our children and extended family, to respect him
    3. To whole-heartedly love, lead, and serve my children in a way that moves them to love and obey us and God whole-heartedly, and that leads them to loving, responsible relationships with us, God, and others when they are adults
    4. To whole-heartedly love, lead, and serve my university students in a way that moves them to serve God with excellence and love Him more (I’m at a Christian university)

    Then I had three “lesser” action statements for things that are important to me but that need to take a backseat to the first four that I “must” do:
    i. To love my extended family unselfishly
    ii. To help the helpless unselfishly
    iii. To craft and create unselfishly

    That last one is (selfishly) for me. :-) Creating “fills my tank”, but surely I can learn to do it in unselfish ways.

    But I did all this without a guiding passage of Scripture, so I’m feeling a little unsure about it. Maybe the II Peter passage posted in another comment? I’ll have to think about it, because I definitely want a “guiding” passage to appear at the top of my mission statement.

    I’ll post this on the front of my daily notebook, a three-ring binder with a clear front for display.

    Love your blog!

  33. Was so glad to find this! Been feeling a lack of purpose at home of late. Here’s my current mission statement:

    To pray more. Particularly for my husband and children, and with my husband and children.
    To actively and visibly love my husband – words, gestures, acts, touch.
    To respond to my children with love and patience at all times and to radiate joy for them to see.
    To set in place routines and schedules (and follow them!) so my home is orderly, and therefore peaceful and inviting.
    To keep fit and healthy through exercise and healthy eating so I reap the feel-good benefits and so I can face all that is before me with strength and health.

    It’s a start. Now to put it up around the house!

  34. I was thinking how cool it would be to create a whole mission statement solely scripture based. Compile a handful of verses that all have the same common outcome and line them up in a way that they flow. Possibly replacing “I, me and my” with God saying “you”. That’ll will be my project this week.

  35. I will…
    -pursue and delight in God, His wisdom, and His calling.
    -cherish, support, respect, love, and pray for my husband.
    -cherish, teach, love, and pray for my children.
    -cultivate and use my vocation to glorify God and serve others.
    -live simply so that I might give of my time, money, and resources faithfully.

  36. I was recently directed to your blog and I have fallen in love! I took some time this Sunday evening to craft my personal mission statement. I have listed my roles before and tried to prioritize things in the past, but this mission statement was a bit different and I think it will be very helpful. It seemed to cone together quite nicely. :)

    I chose five roles because I just couldn’t cut out any more. I suppose I could have combined a couple, but it is more meaningful to me this way. We homeschool so I have included teaching separate from motherhood, even though it could be considered an extention.

    ————

    I AM a Daughter of God. I WILL turn to my Savior daily and be a “good and faithful servant.”

    I AM David’s Eternal Companion. I WILL be his physical, emotional, and spiritual helpmeet.

    I AM a Mother. I WILL be a loving example as I lead and guide my children to Christ.

    I AM a Homemaker. I WILL keep a clean, simple, well-run home, filled with love, where all who enter can feel the Spirit of The Lord.

    I AM a Teacher. I WILL teach my children to communicate effectively in both written and spoken language and I WILL teach my children how to learn so they can continue their education and fulfill their personal mission in life.

  37. Christina C says:

    To pursue a relationship with God through action and prayer, to bring Him in to each of my daily activities. To live my life according to my priorities of God, husband, children and everything else.To be a blessing to those around me, whether it be my husband, children, family, friends, or people at work.

  38. Thanks for inspiring me to action! I’d never considered doing a mission statement before, but I’m so glad I did!! Mine is fairly long, but I wanted it to be specific enough to really apply to my life on a daily basis:

    By God’s power and grace, and through Jesus Christ, I will strive to have a full and authentic relationship with God by practicing obedience to His Word and giving him lordship over my life.

    I will love and respect my husband unconditionally, submitting to his leadership as he submits to Christ; I will be his helpmate, lover and friend; I will stay with him for life.

    I will seek God’s wisdom, grace, and power in motherhood and strive to pray consistently and fervently for my children. I will love them unconditionally, serve them joyfully and sacrificially; I will teach them; I will delight in them.

    I will regularly ask the Lord to transform my mind, setting my heart and thoughts on things above, and not on earthly things, so that I can prioritize and manage my relationships and activities through the filter of God’s will.

    I purpose to be malleable clay in God’s hands, that I may be used for his glory.

  39. Needed this! To be the tree planted by streams of water that doesn’t wither fade fear or have anxiety but always yields fruit.to help my hubby feel loved respected admired and sexually satisfied.to show my children gods love gods truth my love and to ensure they know they are wanted and not a burden.to do my best to keep the house in order but to not make a perfect house an idol.

  40. believer- to be the tree planted by streams of water that doesn’t whither, face, yields fruit in season, does not fear when heat comes and is not anxious in droughts
    wife – help my husband feel loved, respected, admired and sexually satisfied
    mother – show my children god’s truth, god’s love, my love and ensure they know they are wanted and not a burden. enjoy my role.
    homemaker – do the best i can, but not make a perfect house an idol. involve husband more in the housework.

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