You see mission statements all over the place. Our local hospital even has it in their elevators. Businesses have them. Schools have them. Churches have them too. Here are just a couple of samples. The first is typical. The second is from a company I would work for if I wasn’t doing what I do now.

Mission Statement

It is the Mission of Advance Auto Parts to provide personal vehicle owners and enthusiasts with the vehicle related products and knowledge that fulfill their wants and needs at the right price. Our friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff will help inspire, educate and problem-solve for our customers., Inc. Mission Statement

  1. Rule the World
  2. Get lots of Cookies
  3. Eat the Cookies
  4. Get more Cookies
  5. Eat those Cookies too.

What is involved in writing your own personal mission statement?

  • How do I write a mission statement? Begin by answering the following questions:
  • Why do I exist?
  • What was I created to do?
  • What talents/gifts do I have?
  • What gives me long term satisfaction?
  • To Whom am I accountable/serve?
  • How can I best accomplish what I was created to do?
  • How can I best fulfill God’s will in my life?


  • Evaluate your answers. Begin developing phrases that best describe your answers with exact wording.
  • Form your phrases into three to five sentences. This is your first draft.
  • Refine your mission statement by reading it aloud, deleting unnecessary words.
  • Share your second draft with your parents, pastor, and mentors to seek input from them.
  • Re-write your final mission statement. Frame it and hang it in your room and/or locker.
  • Make it a part of your life. Share it with others. Make it a tool for accountability.

A young man from Australia wrote this as his mission statement. I hope yours is different than his!

To find happiness, fulfillment, and value in living, I will seek out and experience all of the pleasures and joys that life has to offer. My core values are not limitations restraining me on this hedonistic quest for fun. Rather, they provide a framework for identifying, pursuing, and achieving those pleasures that last the longest and are the most satisfying. The greatest joy of all is being worthy of the respect and admiration of family, friends, and business associates.

See Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Idea Source: Journal for Christian Educators Vol 17, No 2 Winter 2011 by Shannon Brock Steuerwald