How to Create a Family Mission Statement

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Creating a family mission statement gives your family intentions to live out and it gives your family goals, vision, and priorities. It is important to write down your family’s intentions and really focus on teaching them to your children because it helps them learn about priorities and how to keep God at the focus of their life. A family mission statement will help you remember your priorities and goals and it will show your children what a positive home culture looks like. A family mission statement will also explain how your family plans to live out your priorities, it creates a path for your family to follow. All of this will help keep your family unified and strong.

You can create a family mission statement at any point, it’s never too late, but it is best to have a good idea of what kind of home you want your children to grow up in while they are still little. Your mission statement details may change a little bit over the years but the glue that holds it all together will stay the same. Even if your children are still in infant and toddler ages, it’s the perfect time to start laying a solid foundation for them using a family mission statement.

How to Create a Family Mission Statement

Step One: Answer questions and take notes

The first step in creating a family mission statement is to ask your family questions about what is important to them, what or who inspires them, and where they see your family in ten years. If your children are old enough, let them help you and your husband answer these questions but if your children are still little, you can sit down with just your husband to work on the answers. To give you some questions to answer, I have created a free workbook for you, available in the free resource library. The workbook includes 8 questions for you to answer for the first step.

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Step Two: Look for Common Threads

Grab a highlighter or colored pen and go through the answers to your questions. Mark any common themes that you notice and mark anything that you and your husband disagree on.

Step Three: Rewrite the Common Threads

To help yourself stay organized, write down the items that you highlighted and circled, these items will become your family mission statement.

Step Four: Look for Synonyms

Head over to thesaurus.com and look up some synonyms or Google similar phrases for the common threads you wrote down. For example, if one of the common items you noticed was “perseverance” and another was “patience,” you could combine the two by using the word “fortitude” which means strength during times of struggle.

Step Five: Create the Headlines

From your list, choose the most important and timeless items to include in your mission statement.

Step Six: Create the Subtitles

Write down some notes to help you better understand, remember, and live out the headlines.

Step Seven: Tie Together the Headlines + Subtitles

Now, tie everything together to create your family mission statement. In the free workbook, I have included an example mission statement, in case you need some inspiration. You can make it as formal or informal as you would like, write paragraphs or just jot down a couple sentences, make it short and sweet or long and detailed. You do whatever works for your family!

After you have created your family mission statement, I recommend typing it up all pretty and framing it or having someone hand letter it onto a sign and hanging it where you and your family can see it often, as a reminder.

I would also love to see your family mission statement! Share it with me on Instagram or your Instagram Stories by tagging me (@abbybarstow) and using #iamajoyfulhomemaker so we can all see it.

Two other great resources for creating family mission statements: Developing a Scripture-Based Family Mission Statement from Jami Balmet of the Homemaking Foundation’s Podcast and Creating a Positive Family Culture: How and Why to Create a Family Mission Statement by Brett & Kate McKay of Art of Manliness