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Creating a mission statement for your youth ministry

In an earlier post we already discussed why your youth ministry needs a mission statement. In this post we’ll have a look at how you can create a mission statement for your youth ministry.

Communicate the ‘why’ of a mission statement

Before you dive into the practical aspects of a mission statement, it’s important that you and your leaders are convinced why you need one. If you can’t see the benefits of a mission statement or if your team doesn’t see the need for one, chances are it’ll end up in a drawer somewhere (or whatever a digital version is of a drawer…an unused folder?) That means you have to convince yourself and other of the necessity of having a mission statement for your youth ministry. When your team is on board, it’s time to get to work.

Talk, discuss and talk some more

A mission statement isn’t something you can create in an afternoon. You should take the time to have serious discussions with your leaders, your volunteers and maybe even people outside of your youth ministry, like the board, parents, etc. They key question you have to find an answer to is this:

Why does our youth ministry exist?

That’s the question your eventual mission statement should answer. Why do you exits? What is your purpose? What do you want to accomplish, get done, change?

Most mission statements also express the core values of the organization (or in your case: youth ministry). Think of values like respect, equality, compassion, or integrity, but also of concepts like family-based ministry. A second question you could brainstorm about to define your mission statement is therefore something like this:

What’s important to us?

If you take the time to discuss these two questions, you’ll probably find that you’ll start out quite broad and vague and you’ll need to get more specific. That’s okay, just take the time to hear everyone thoughts and opinions. And don’t be alarmed or even shocked if your leaders have completely different opinions on what your mission should be!

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Narrow it down

Once you have heard everyone’s opinion, try to narrow it down. What are the common denominators? What do people agree on? Try to keep it short and sweet, so the mission statement is easy to remember. Another challenge is to make the mission realistic, yet also inspiring.

Review the mission statement

Once you have created a mission statement, it’s important to have everyone involved review it. It will give them a chance to spot any mistakes that might have slipped through, but it will also help in the process of making the statement their own.

Communicate, communicate (repeat)

Once the mission statement for your youth ministry is definitive, the biggest challenge is to communicate it. Everyone involved in the youth ministry should not only know it, but actively support it and carry it out. That means teaching it to new leaders, reviewing it every other year or so, maybe share it with students and parents.

Examples

To give you some inspiration, let’s look at some example mission statements from other youth ministries:

We exist to equip young people to develop a deeper relationship with Christ, encourage uplifting relationships with other Christians, and empower life changing relationships with non-believers. (Source: Bill Nance)

In partnership with families, the youth ministry of FBC exists to engage 100% of the students under its care, to train them to live independently in Christ, and to send them out as exceptional, godly men and women of integrity who will transform their homes, their schools, their churches, their workplaces, and their worlds for Christ. (Source: First Baptist Church of Muncie)

The youth ministry of Fourth Presbyterian Church is an engaging and welcoming community for its youth and their friends that

    • Surrounds youth with an unconditional love that fosters genuine relationships,
    • Anchors them in the joys and traditions of the Christian faith,
    • Energizes and equips them to extend the love of Christ to the world.

Our Children’s Ministry exists to bring children into age-appropriate WORSHIP where they can BELONG to the family of God, GROW in their relationship with Christ, learn to SERVE and then go SHARE Christ in the world! (mission statement of the children’s ministry of Saddleback Church)

Most of you will be familiar with the Purpose Driven philosophy of Saddleback and other churches. If you adhere to their philosophy, you may be tempted to just copy their mission statement. Don’t. Even if you share a vision, always put it into your own words. Own it.

As may be clear, creating a mission statement for your youth ministry is not easy. And it’s hard to teach you how to do this in one blog post. That’s why we’ve created an affordable video course that shows you exactly how to create a mission, vision, and strategy for your youth ministry. Check out the details here!

If your youth ministry has a mission statement, please share it in the comments so we have some more examples!

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  1. […] If your youth ministry doesn’t have a mission statement yet, I’d advise you to get started on one. Develop one using as much input from others as you can: pastor, church board, parents, volunteers, youth itself, etc. Make it together so people will ‘own’ it. And if it’s done, keep communicating it ’till people beg you to stop. This whole process will take time, but I guarantee you you won’t regret it. Chances are, it will bring people together and give new energy to your youth ministry. Wanna know more? Check out this post on Creating a mission statement for your youth ministry. […]

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  4. EXIT youth exists to engage young people in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Teaching them to be anchored in His word, being equipped to always stand firm and be an effective witness.

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  5. we the youth of Foursquare Gospel Church, 29 Bajulaiye Road Somolu, live to build a strong, vibrant youth and to train them live independently in Christ Jesus, people of integrity, and impacting their generation positively for Christ.

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