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Living on Purpose - Mission Statement Workshop Presentation Script

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  • Author: Julie Allen is President of Catalyst for Sustainable Change.  She has over 20 years of experience as a trainer, consultant and coach.   P:763-577-1708
  • Updated: 06/17/2008
  • Copyright: Julie Allen, President of Catalyst for Sustainable Change, has over 20 years of experience as a trainer, consultant and coach in the areas of organization development, change management and performance improvement. Julie's passion is to assist individuals, teams and organizations to achieve dramatic performance improvements and results in areas that seem outside the realm of possibility by enhancing leadership, communication and relationship capabilities.

This is an outline of a workshop presentation by Julie Allen, designed to facilitate and support the writing of a personal whole life faith mission statement.

Living on Purpose - Mission Statement Workshop Presentation Script

I. (15) Introduction by Pastor/ Introductory Prayer

II. (30)Welcome.  

A. Personal introduction.  Go around if seems like sufficient time or introduce selves at tables

B. Use Introductory Handout

C. Purpose of session  
  1. Support to write your personal Whole Life Faith mission statement
  2. Awareness of the components and opportunities -- what is it, why should I do it, and how do I do it.
  3. Learn about the resources available to assist you  - today and after today.

D. As you are probably already aware, today is one part of a series of events that are planned to assist you to define and live your personal faith mission statement.  No matter what kind of preparation you did to come today -- from reading the book, completing every exercise, having a draft of your mission statement, to none of the above, you are in the right place.  The program is designed to meet your individual needs.

E. Safe environment --- no judgment, no competition.  This is a personal journey for each of you.  
  1. Within that safe environment, we would hope that you would feel comfortable sharing your thoughts, your struggles, and your ideas with others.
  2. While this is a personal journey, it is always helpful to hear other points of view and thoughts that might impact us.  The voice of God comes from many different sources.  I have even been known to learn from my kids when they were teenagers.
  3. No expectations that you need to meet for anyone but yourself.  This is not a competition to see who is going to have the most important, moving, or well-written mission.  It is, however, meant to be a process and an outcome that is important, moving and well-written for you -- it speaks to your needs, to who you can be, to what you can do for the world.
  4. You can arrange with someone to be your Mission Statement Partner -- (it could be a good friend, someone that you hardly know, someone who has very different views of life than you, or someone your greatly respect.
  5. Interesting combination of individual work and community support.

F. Support for each part --- if you feel that you are stuck, there is help today and you will have access to help after this session.  Everyone is probably going to feel stuck or frustrated or not up to the challenge at some point in this process.  Join the crowd.  
  1. Take a break, look at another one of the options
  2. Go to one of the resource tables
  3. Talk to someone else who is also stuck -- sometimes the blind leading the blind is a great resource
  4. Find a partner or team that will help you stay committed.

G. Prayerful -- you all have developed your own personal patterns of connecting and listening to God in your life.  At least once in each stage, and how many other times that you wish to, purposefully make that connection.  Be open and prayerful throughout this process.  This is a partnership of you and the Holy Spirit.

H. 4 parts of process - move on to the actual process of creating your Whole Life Faith Mission Statement
  1. Preparation for the mission statement - creating a vision for the future, exploring and committing to new possibilities
  2. Writing the mission statement
  3. Refining your mission statement - trying it on and identifying ways in which it will change your life - commitment to new goals and actions
  4. Implementation/Accountability groups
     a. Support to maintain your focus.  Change is much harder to implement than it is to imagine.
     b. Open meetings on set dates
     c. Existing small groups
     d. Sunday mornings
     e. Synergies among missions and goals may allow you to find partners in your journey

I. Goal for today is to focus on the 1st two parts and to let you know about the programs that will come after this to support parts 3 & 4.

J. Quick Assessment:
  1. What are you feeling about what you just heard?
  2. What are you concerned or confused about?
  3. What questions do you have at this point - about the environment that we will work in, your understanding of the process or your commitment to the process?

You will have other times to ask questions as well.

III. (20) What is a mission statement and why is it important?
A. Definition of vision and mission
  1. Vision is the awareness of possibilities and opportunities
  2. Mission is your purpose for existence, it is what you do, for what you will be remembered.

B. What have you heard from the pulpit?  What do you know about mission statements?  How have you seen mission statements used - at work, as a volunteer in a nonprofit, etc?  What have you seen as the benefits?  What is your reason for being here today?

C. For many people that I work with as a coach or consultant, one of the main stumbling blocks to accomplishing goals is the absence of a vision or mission for why those goals are important.  

D. We all sort our priorities based on some form of internal system, which is often times unconscious.  Our purpose is to make that system for decision-making and priorities not only conscious, but also purposeful.

E. In the absence of a vision of what is most important to you; to your family, to your life, to your relationship with God, we end up making decisions and setting goals based only on the present moment.  When that moment passes, the goal often doesn't seem as important or is moved out of the way by something that seems more interesting.    

F. We want you to create a guide for who you are and how you want to respond as a person not just of the world, but as a person of faith in the world.  How will you use the gifts and resources that have been given to you?  What will be your priorities?  How will you identify and commit to those priorities?

G. Without a vision to anchor your focus, decisions become moment to moment.
  1. Clarity of direction provides ability to make day-to-day decisions that are cohesive and that ensure they are moving consciously and smartly in the direction that makes the most sense and provides the best results.
  2. Saves time and money -- decreases the need to contemplate every decision or opportunity as a separate possibility.  Leads to disjointed efforts, some of which use valuable resource that could have been saved or placed elsewhere for better advantage.
  3. Enhances ability to recognize and commit to an important opportunity that comes your way.  If you know what you are looking for, it is much easier to see it immediately and put all the resources needed to make it happen.

H. The authors of Living on Purpose notes on page 18:  "We are convinced that deep down inside, everyone wants the best God has planned for them.  People are looking for the good life, which at its core includes wanting a satisfying way of life that counts for something.  But the evidence suggests that most of us are missing the best and settling for the less, often a lot less.  We are surrounded by many stories and competing visions of what constitutes the best - the good life and the better future."  

They go on to say: "If we don't draft a mission statement that flows directly out of our faith, like Jesus did, then 'Boom City' will define our mission statement for us.  While many of us are constantly aware that the pressure we are under make our lives one long stress race, we don't seem to understand where the pressure comes from.  We seem to be largely unaware that many of us, including very sincere Christians, have allowed 'Boom City' instead of our faith to define what's best for our lives and families.  To the extent that we allow the dream that drives 'Boom City' to define the direction and tempo of our lives and families, we can be sure that we'll miss the best God has for us."

I. These are the same issues that we all face in our everyday lives.  The benefits of a Whole Life Faith mission statement is that you will be more prepared to respond to circumstances and opportunities as they present themselves.

BREAK -- 15 min

IV. (30)Exploring/discovering your possibilities in preparation for discerning your Whole Life Faith Mission Statement.   It would be pretty amazing for a Whole Life Faith Mission Statement to just emerge from your head fully formed.  It takes some review of your past experiences and future hopes to begin to identify what are or will be the most important components of your life well-lived with God's direction and not society's direction in control.

A. Exercises from Living on Purpose handout). Process to explore your life to date and to examine the patterns of what you have chosen against what you might choose.

B. How many have done most of that prework? Some prework?

C. Vision as a precursor of the future:  
  1. Describes your aspirations for the future, without specifying the means that will be used to achieve those desired ends.  It is a mental image of the possible and desirable future state.  May be as vague as a dream or as precise as a goal.  I like to think of it as a picture that call you to want to step into it to see the deeper reality.
  2. Provides a bridge from the present to a future state
  3. Is a target that beckons
  4. Depicts a future state that does not exist and never existed before.

D. Vision from Living on Purpose
  1. "Life is about more than simply showing up and keeping busy." Pg 69

E. What is most important?  
  1. Prepare yourself -- quiet, slow breathing, no worries.
  2. Let your mind be open and brainstorm.  Don't say no to anything right now!  This is not the time to edit. List everything that comes to you.  Be open even to the ideas that seem most impossible or crazy.  You do get to choose what is possible, but not now.  This is about possibilities, not responsibility.
  3. Try some of this together to get started.

F. Identify patterns -- what pops out at you. Connect to your creative side for this.  Draw a picture that depicts your possibilities, write a poem, etc. (have materials available on tables)

G. Select a keeper list that will be the basis for your mission and your mission statement

H. Share your brainstorm list, patterns, and keeper list with another person.  Ask them to offer their ideas for additional patterns or keepers in your list.  Sometimes others are more able to see things about us that we can't see ourselves.  Often others have more confidence about what is possible for us than we have ourselves -- they can give you that extra nudge or the permission that you need to take the big leap.

I. Finalize your vision list

J. Instructions for going off to room to work on this.

V. (20intro) Write your mission statement

A. Describe the components of a mission statement
  1. A mission statement is the vision translated into written form. It creates a more concrete view of the direction and purpose of the organization. Inspires motivation and commitment to the priorities  

B. Process for creating your statement
  1. Bible verse
  2. Words for statement

C. Meaningful to you - you will not be getting a grade.  You are not in competition with anyone else.  This is between you and God.  

D. Mission statement resources (handout)

E. Not looking for perfection.  We are looking for personal meaning for you.

F.Mission statements are to be reevaluated -- rooted in time.  Don't get too hung up on the fact that this needs to last for the rest of your life.  It needs to work for you now and for the next 12-24 months.  You will know when it is time to revise.

VI. (20) What's Next?

A. Refining sessions
  1. Scheduled sessions to assist you to complete your mission statement and to share it.  Most of us are more apt to complete something in the presence of others than trying to do it alone.
  2. There is wonderful strength for you as individuals and as a congregation that comes from the sharing of your missions.
  3. Handout/explanation

B. Implementation/Accountability groups
  1. Mission is not just a statement on paper.  It needs to become intregral to your life.  It is meant to be the direction for how you make decisions in your life.  
  2. Change seldom happens without support.
  3. Opportunity to come together and explore
    a. Impact of the statements on your life -- changes
    b. Challenges to living your mission
    c. Commitments you are willing to make
    d. Ongoing support for achieving your commitments

C. Evaluation

Presented by Julie Allen
Catalyst for Sustainable Change
4107 Black Oaks Lane North
Minneapolis, MN 55446
P: 763-577-1708
E: 763-577-1850

The congregation has made available an extensive number of resources.      You can access these resources by clicking on the following:
Living On Purpose - Index

The Workshop Workbook
To obtain a copy of the workbook or to inquire further about the program, email Pastor Mathison by clicking on  [Whole Life Faith Mission Writing Workshop.]

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