A little help from you guys.

I’m spending today working on “big ideas” stuff. I took the day, hid away at an undisclosed location in town, and am praying, reading, and writing for this fall. I want to get a better handle on where we are, and where we need to go. It’s been good so far.

Just for some feedback, here is one of the things I’ve been working on. We’re going to use Doug Fields Purpose Driven stuff as even more of a framework than we have before. We’ve always used the values that underscore his stuff, but haven’t embraced the framework before, mostly from a lack of need. But I think we’re going to need a better spelled out framework as the ministry continues to move forward from here. Here is one of the pieces I’ve been working on today.

    Mission statement: We want students and families to be finding and following Jesus together.

    Focus – we want everything we do to point people to Jesus, not to us or our church



    Fun – we want students to laugh more with us than anywhere else, finding acceptance and joy with God



    Family – we want to encourage healthy families, and model for those who may not have one



    Faith – we want students to grow their own faith, not live off of ours



    Feet – we want students to learn how to go and serve the least of all people



The mission statement is an adopted version of our church’s. The five f’s weren’t intentional, the first four flowed out, and I found a fifth to match. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. And yes, I am working on this in conjunction with my leadership teams. I am simply looking for as much feedback as possible.

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