So, all these committee meetings will eventually produce the mission statement. It will be glorious. It will be lovely. The committee will be proud of it and have a sense of ownership because they will know exactly how many hours of blood, sweat and tears went into it. They will know exactly how many hours they
The mission statement will serve no real purpose, nothing much will change, except some ideas may be shot down here and there because they don't line up with the mission statement. A few other ideas will be supported wholeheartedly because they do line up. Many of the ideas that line up will die due to lack of interest and involvement. This will not be much of a change from life before the mission statement.
This post should be read with tongue firmly in cheek and yet...there is alot of truth buried in there. I have been on committees, can you tell? I think the same amount of energy spent on goal setting-concrete achievable goals like, "Hire a full time housekeeper after we save $500 in a custodial account.", not abstract goals like, "Be more missional in all activities." Mission statements are politically correct. The whole goal is for all of us to just get along, not get our feelings hurt, and be rejected softly...because of the lack of aligning with the mission statement NOT because your idea sucks out loud and everybody knows it.
I am unwilling to come up with a mission statement for my life. I refuse, no matter how 'in vogue' it becomes. I am willing to set some hard goals with time limits. I know how I am and if I give myself a fluffy abstract mission statement, I will never do a thing towards accomplishing it OR I will be wildly successful for a month and then slack off down to nothing and then get a real sense that it is time to make some changes to the mission statement. It is ALWAYS in MY best interest to steer clear of anything abstract unless it is some form of art and even then...it could be dangerous.