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Living on Purpose –- Description of the Whole Life Faith Mission Statement Writing Workshop

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  • Author: Cheryl Mathison is the Teaching Pastor at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church.
  • Updated: 05/24/2006
  • Copyright: St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN  55447 - 763-475-7128

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Living on Purpose -- Description of the Whole Life Faith Mission Statement Writing Workshop

Introduction

Two Examples

I have come to give life and to give it more abundantly Jesus Christ
Reach Out -- Proclaim -- Inspire St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church

Definitions

The concept of a Whole Life Faith Mission Statement (WLFMS) is new.  As a result, it is difficult to provide specific definitions and examples that are not derived from business language.  Some of the following descriptions are therefore adaptations of existing definitions and in most cases have been altered.

A WLFMS necessarily grows out of scripture and addresses the following questions:
1. What is my life about?  Who did God make me to be?
2. For what do I stand? Where does God set my heart on fire?
3. What action am I taking to live into what God intended and what I stand for?
Pastor Cheryl Mathison

A WLFMS is not something to be checked off the daily to do list, but it is more like a watermark on the page, always visible in the background informing everything I do.
Cindy Carlson, Pastoral Associate for Lay Ministry and Hospitality


It is not a creed.  It is not a lengthy explanation of your faith.  It is not what you believe.  It is how you live.  It states the reason we exist and what we are called to do.
Lois Helvick, Youth Team Administrator

The Whole Life Faith Mission Statement should be a clear and succinct representation of your purpose as a child of God. It should be meaningful and measurable, and address concepts, your moral/ethical positions, your response to the world's needs, the people and service you wish to provide and the results you expect to see.

The intent of the Whole Life Faith Mission Statement is to provide you with a simple guide for making future decisions.
Adapted from Business Resource Software, Inc.


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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