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Do You Have a Personal Mission Statement?


Change the WorldI’ve been reading and discussing Matt Perman’s excellent What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms The Way You Get Things Done with a few friends in a faith and work book club. Recently, we’ve been reading about how to create our own personal mission statements.

Perman writes that mission statements are biblical, and that we can find them throughout the Bible. He states that there are three main components to a good mission statement. He looks at each component using Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as the foundation. He states that the entire sermon is about the purpose of life and as such is our mission statement. The three components of our personal mission statement are:

  • Core purpose. Our core purpose states our overall reason for existence. Perman indicates this is where we state the biblical purpose of life in our own words, and in a way that reflects our uniqueness and that applies to us. How would you state your core purpose?
  • Core principles. This section of our mission statement contains our answers to the question “What main principles am I going to use to guide my life?” Perman tells us that something passes muster as a core principle in our lives if it is something we would hold to even if we were punished for it. To state it another way, these are the principles we would hold to even if it was to our disadvantage. Perman suggests listing our top twenty guiding principles based on what God has revealed about our purpose and what glorifies Him. What principles would be on your list?
  • Core beliefs. Perman tells us that our core beliefs lay a gospel foundation underneath our mission. They answer the below two questions:
  • Our identity. Who are we?
  • Our ultimate destination. Where are we going to end up at the end of all of this?

Perman offers the following as sample core beliefs:

“I am a child of God who has been forgiven and redeemed by Christ alone, through faith alone, to the glory of God alone.”

If you were to write your core beliefs, what would they look like?

Perman writes that the ultimate foundation of our mission statement is not our character or our principles, but what God has done for us in Christ, and the fact that if we believe in Christ, God is our Father.

I’m in the process of writing my personal mission statement. Why not try drafting up yours? If you do, I’d love for you to share it with me.

Also, I’d recommend you read Matt’s book What’s Best Next. This is already the second time I’ve read it.

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

4 thoughts on “Do You Have a Personal Mission Statement?

  1. Thanks for the encouragement. I read this book when it first came out and I have thought that I need to re-read it and put many things, including the personal mission statement, into practice.

  2. Hi Bill

    Excellent post. I am just curious as to whether Dr. Douglass had you do a Mission Statement in the Ministry Formation class and if so has that changed since that time?

    Lorne MacDonald

    • Lorne, so good to hear from you my friend. Great question. Here’s my Personal Mission Statement from my Divine Design Assessment:
      Personal Mission Statement
      Bill Pence is a teacher-shepherd-leader called of God to assist people to grow spiritually as well as intellectually, with a special focus of providing organizational and administrative leadership to his local church, leveraging his more than thirty- three years of leadership experience at a Fortune 500 company and seminary education.

      I would say that my mission statement has changed somewhat since completing this Personal Mission Statement, as this statement focused solely on my local church. My ministry to those at work, helping them to integrate their faith and work has become much more of a focus in the past two years since I developed the above statement. Great question. Please let me know how you are doing in your calling.

      Blessings, Bill

  3. Hey Bill, great post, really encouraging to start the new year. I’ve just finished reading What’s Best Next and was blown away by it. It made such an impact on me that I’m actually writing a series on it. Glad to see that you are sharing some of the core concepts because they really are life changing!

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