Given the many changes that have occurred over the past few years, the Board decided it was important to take a look at our mission statement and redraft it if necessary. What is a mission statement? It is a brief, powerful statement that answers several big questions. Why do we exist? What differences do we make in the lives of people in the congregation? In our community? In the world? How are we serving and giving back?
Mission statements are extremely important to a successful organization. They provide guidance for the decisions that are made. Resource allocations including how money, time and talent are used are guided by the mission statement. When we make decisions as a Board, Committee, or individual, we should ask ourselves, will the outcome of this decision further our mission.
Our current mission statement is to:
- Promote Unitarian Universalist traditions of liberty and respect, justice and compassion, and the use of reason
- Empower our members in their search for meaning by fostering intellectual and spiritual growth
- Support our members in living ethical lives based on integrity and service
- Celebrate together and minister to one another in good times and bad
- Work, as individuals and as a congregation, to improve the larger community and our natural environment
The statement can be found on our website and in the Sunday Order of Service.
We just developed a vision statement about two years ago. How is a mission statement different? A vision statement paints a picture of what we are striving to look like in the future – what we want to become. The mission statement communicates our “raison d’être” or purpose of being.
The process will include opportunities for everyone to be involved. I will be asking a small group to come together and draft a statement. Then there will be ample opportunities to provide feedback in a variety of ways. The statement will undergo a number of edits over time I suspect. My goal is to have it adopted at the annual meeting in May.
This process will create space for deep and meaningful discussions about our purpose. I look forward to participating in them and invite you to take the time to participate too. We need the collective wisdom of the congregation to create a successful mission statement. It is hard work. It will take some time, but the outcome will be well worth it.