Family Mission Statement: Part III

by Mary Ann on June 17, 2010

Get the whole family involved in the fun!

In preparation for writing your family mission statement you’ve been considering what’s been holding you back and either let the excuses go or come up with strategies to overcome any real roadblocks. You’ve also been doing some creative work on your own through your “what do I want my family to do or know” list.

Now it’s time for everyone else to get involved.

The next steps will likely be more effective if you take the time to do them over the course of a few days or weeks. Don’t try to do it all at once. The idea is to keep the “fun” flowing.

I. Getting Creative Together

Start your family mission statement experience by getting the creative juices flowing. Before you jump into the writing portion, spend some time getting your family engaged with the idea of what a family mission statement is and what it contains. Use activities that allow each individual to privately consider what they think should be part of the family culture, and how they want it to feel in their family.  Here are some ideas to get ideas flowing and help everyone feel involved.

A. The Core Values Box

Core values are simply people, activities, beliefs, skills or things that matter most to us. Core values range from concepts like love and acceptance, to material things like a home. Other examples are things like caring for animals, honesty, entrepreneurialism, freedom, wise money management, or education, etc.

As a family, decorate a Core Values box and put it in a prominent location in your home, like your dining table. You could decorate it like a collage with pictures that identify things your family values, or everyone can take a side to decorate however they wish. The idea is to get everyone engaged with the Core Values box.

During your activity and throughout the week everyone will put core value ideas in the box as the ideas come to them. Then during your mission statement development activity you will open this box and use the ideas inside to create your first draft.

B. Core Values Collages

Gather magazines and other materials that can be used to create collages. Everyone will make their own collage depicting words and images that highlight how they want the family to feel and the core values that should become part of the family’s culture. Hang these pictures up in a prominent area of your home so that they can be pondered on throughout the week.

During your mission statement development activity give everyone some time to describe the meaning of the items on their collage. Have someone be writing down all of the ideas that each person shares, which will help you create your first draft.

C. Core Values Artwork

If you have younger children it might be more effective to create drawings or paintings that help your children describe their feelings about their family. Again, put these pictures in an area that will allow them to be seen, and ask your children often to describe the things they have drawn.

II. Getting Deeper Together

After you’ve taken the time to get some creativity flowing, and family members have begun to engage with the idea of how they want their family to feel and the elements of it’s culture that are important to them, it’s time to start asking the right questions to help deepen the articulation of the things that your family values.

Gather your family together for a question and answer activity. You can have each member write down their answers or have an open discussion with someone assigned as scribe to capture each person’s ideas.

Below is a list of various questions. Choose the questions that best fit your family, or make up your own.  If you have very young children make sure your questions are age appropriate.

Questions to consider when developing a family mission statement

1. What makes you happy?  What are those things in life that put a smile on your face and get you through your difficult days?

2. What makes us fulfilled?  What are those things in life that bring us the most satisfaction and leave us with the feeling of completeness?

3.     What do we want for ourselves and for our family?  What are our hopes, dreams, aspirations not only for our family, but for ourselves has well?

4.     What is most important to you about your family?

5.     What are your collective goals?

6.     When do you feel most connected to one another?

7.     How would you like to relate to one another?

8.     Describe your family’s strengths.

9.     Describe your family in 5 years…10 years…15 years.

10.   What do you value? (For example, relationships, faith, independence, wealth, hard work, generosity)

Questions from the FRANKLIN COVEY Family Mission Statement Creator

1. We are at our best when . . .

2. We are at our worst when . . .

3. What do we really love to do together?

4. As a family, what can we better do to help each other?

5. As a family, what can we contribute to others, or how can we help others outside our family?

6. Are there things we should be doing or changing as a family, even thought we’ve dismissed such thoughts many time? What are these things?

7. Imagine a party celebrating our family 20 years from now. What do we want people to honestly say about our family? People view our family as:

8. If our home could be filled with one emotion, what would it be?

9. What are the principles we want our family to operate on? (Such as trust, honesty, kindness, service, etc.)

10. Let’s think of balance as a state of fulfillment and renewal in each of the four dimensions: physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional. What are the most important things we can do in each of these areas that will have the greatest positive impact in our family and help us achieve a sense of balance?





11. Imagine its ten years in the future. Envision where we want each member of our family to be.  What have we accomplished, how do we see ourselves?


Who will you be in 10 years?

III. Getting it Down Together

Finally, it’s time to start organizing your ideas into a concrete. Don’t allow this family activity to breakdown over “word-smithing” details. Later you will assign someone, usually mom or dad, the job of designing the final draft to bring back to the family for approval.

The easiest way to begin getting your family mission statement down is to choose a design formula that feels right for your family. Mom and dad should choose the formula before this activity begins.

Although there are many different forms that mission statements can take, here are three basic forms you could choose from.


Gather together all of the core values you’ve identified as a family. Decrease these by two, then decrease by two again until you have one final core value. Keep track of your final 4-6 subsequent core values and then insert them into the formula below.

To (insert Central Core Value here) by [or through] (insert three to five Subsequent Core Values here).


Our Family Mission

To encourage others to become like Christ through loving relationships,
healthy lifestyles, and stimulating experiences.


To…. (Do something)

In such a way that….. (Quality of action)

So that…. (We gain these results or benefits)


Our Family Mission

To realize our dreams, goals, and aspirations as a family and as individuals in a way that stretches our intellect, enriches our Christian faith, strengthens our character, and enriches our family life. So that we are fulfilled, happy, confident, and always close.


Just create a big list of the things that matter to you. Use words such as “are” and “is” rather than terms that suggest “will be.”


The Olsen Family Mission Statement

·  We love and obey God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

·  We celebrate our family’s faith, heritage, and traditions.

·  We show our love for one another in word and deed; we pray for each other; we are courteous, caring, positive, supportive, and considerate.

·  We live a healthy lifestyle, and maintain order and cleanliness in the home.

·  We raise up children in the way they should go; making learning together an integral part of daily life with books and enriching experiences.

·  We optimize the competing forces in our lives for good: health, wealth, aesthetics, rest, exercise, recreation, work, skills, and knowledge.

·  We enjoy life today and live it fully; we accept the wonderful gifts from God: forgiveness of sins and eternal life through the sacrifice of His Son.

·  We are wise in the way we use our time, talents, and money; we establish good habits, help others, and teach them the truth of God’s salvation.

·  We contribute something of worth to the community; maintain the environment, mankind’s institutions, and religious, political, cultural, social, and individual freedoms, all to glorify God.

Our family felt most connected to the Big List. Here’s our family mission statement.

The Palmer Family Mission Statement

The JoyfulPalmers are a Team! Yeah!

We love, create, and protect family time, both one-one and everyone together.

We talk about our needs, thoughts and feelings, and we carefully listen to each other.

We treat each other with respect, patience, and kindness.

We speak and act in a way that allows the spirit to be with us.

We nurture, support, and celebrate each other’s ambitions, dreams and missions.

We are always honest and do the right thing even when no one is looking.

We courageously commit to public virtue.

We know that God loves us and we are wonderful and amazing!

We build our knowledge, skills, and attitudes of self-reliance and freedom.

We make everything around us better and more beautiful.

We build others up through service, sharing and love.

We protect our home and the Spirit dwells here.

We learn, live, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Love is our compass and our anchor.

IV. The Final Draft

Don’t try to make the final draft as a family. It has the potential of creating too much contention. Once you’ve got the core ideas down, give someone the task of editing and making it sound good. Then it can be brought back to the family for the final unveiling.

Assignment #3: Make a plan for which activities you will use to prime your family’s pump of creativity, which questions you will ask, and the form that you want your mission statement to take. Then determine your timeline. As you develop your plan, give special attention to making these activities fun and memorable. Include food, or outings, or whatever will make the events special for your family.

Turn your family mission statement into a beautiful work of art. Visit Signs for Your Times to see the options for your Family’s mission statement.

Please share your family’s mission statement here in the comments section of this blog post. Your example will help other families as they work to create their own family mission statements.

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