The Faster Pastor  My Personal Mission Statement

Focus on the Right Things


Of course, you know that productivity isn't just about getting more done. It's about getting the right things done and getting them done at the right time. In order to keep that focus, I've drafted my own personal mission statement or my own personal constitution. These are the things that I value in life according to my various vocations and want to make sure I'm getting done. These are my "right things." Yours will naturally be different. But I would strongly urge you to spend some time thinking about your callings in life. Why are you here? What has God called you to do in your particular station in life? And how can you best serve him in thanks to Jesus? This will become your road map in life. And it will guide your actions as you ask, "What is the best use of my time right now?" Read what I've put together below and let me know what you think. What would you add? What would you tweak? How can I better fulfill my purpose in life?

(NOTE: For me, personally, it's important that this isn't just a one-time exercise, but that I'm regularly reviewing my goals in life. I've copied and pasted my personal constitution into an email and sent it to everymonth@followupthen.com. Then on the first of every month I see it and read it through again. It gives me a chance to get back on track if I need to and to refocus on the right things. Whether you tape it to a mirror, email it to yourself, or put on the calendar to review the document you made, regularly review your constitution to get better focus on what you should be doing.)


My Purpose in Life...


God came to serve me in Christ. Though I was put here to serve God, I have failed him in my sin. But he does not hold my sin against me for Jesus’ sake. I am forgiven. I am a dearly loved child of God. I am here now to serve him in thanks by serving others. I will, therefore, strive to live my life unselfishly serving, in this particular order…

God

  • In Worship and Devotion
  • In Spiritual Growth
  • In Prayer
  • In Service in various other callings in life. (cf. below)
  • This will always be my calling no matter what. My faith defines who I am.
  • Therefore, I will strive, with the help of God, to put him first and serve him always, keeping my focus on the empty cross and empty tomb which enable and empower me. I will strive to be faithful, even to the point of death, in thanks to God for the crown of life that awaits me. I pray for God’s help in this endeavor.

Becky


  • In providing for her spiritual needs. This is of greatest importance.
  • In providing for her physical/monetary needs.
  • In providing for her emotional/relational needs.
  • In providing for her sexual needs.
  • In regular prayer for her.
  • This calling as husband must always come after God, but before all others. I will always be a husband until death separates us. While my marriage does not define who I am, my wife is a part of who I am and always will be, even should she go to glory before me.
  • Therefore, I will strive, with the help of God, to put my wife second after God alone, and serve her in love ahead of myself and above all but God. I pray for God’s help in this endeavor.

Boys

  • In providing for their spiritual needs. This is of greatest importance.
  • In providing for their physical/monetary needs.
  • In providing for their emotional/relational needs.
  • In regular prayer for them and for their future spouses and children.
  • This calling as father must come before my job. I will always be a father until death separates us. While my children do not define who I am, my family will always be a part of my life.
  • Therefore, I will strive, with the help of God, to put my children’s needs ahead of my own and ahead of my career, but never ahead of my wife or ahead of my God. I pray for God’s help in this endeavor.

Grace


  • In serving the local congregation with the pure Word of God in Bible Classes and sermons.
  • In studying the Word of God diligently to achieve that end.
  • In faithfully planning meaningful worship and Bible study opportunities.
  • In encouraging faithful attendance to worship and Bible Class that their faith might grow.
  • In faithfully administering the Sacraments and encouraging members to receive them.
  • In faithfully serving the school staff and school children.
  • In regular prayer for all of my members.
  • In reaching out to the community, beginning with the school parents, and extending to others as I may.
  • In faithfully leading at meetings and by example.
  • My profession is not my only vocation. Nor is it my most important vocation. I may leave the public ministry without sinning. But I may never leave my marriage or my children save by death. And I pray God help me never to leave him. My callings as Christian, husband, and father, must come before my calling as pastor.
  • Therefore, I will strive, with the help of God, to put the needs of my congregation ahead of my own, to serve faithfully first as God directs in his Word, then as the council and elders direct by my call. I pray for God’s help in this endeavor.

Kingdom


  • Recognizing that I am a part of a movement bigger than my local congregation.
  • I can have a global and eternal impact on souls that reach beyond my immediate sphere of influence.
  • I can have an influence on the generation behind me and encourage them to take up the torch.
  • I can have an influence that extends beyond my visible ministry through the internet.
  • I can have an influence that extends beyond my visible ministry through books I write.
  • Therefore, I will strive, with the help of God, to look beyond my “job” and see my calling, that is, I will seek to extend the Kingdom of God by bringing some to faith and strengthening others in their faith by my ministry that reaches beyond my local congregation.
  • I will serve on a synodical level, where and when God sees fit.
  • I will strive to leave behind a digital and print record of my Gospel proclamation for future generations.
  • I will seek ways to reach out with the Gospel that will not benefit me or my congregation in any way. 
  • I will seek ways to strengthen and encourage other pastors in our synod and help them to better serve God.

How I implement this Mission Statement


Conclusion: I will remember the safety-net of the Gospel forgiveness I have. I am free to mess up. And I am free to fess up. I am free to fail forward. I won't always succeed. But, forgiven I am free to try again… and again.

What to do with this constitution:

  1. Print it.
  2. Email it to me on a monthly basis. (FollowUpThen.com)
  3. Memorize my Handy Mnemonic with the 5 points. (One point per finger. Left hand, palm down.)
    • Pinky - Sing language for “I.” I am a Christian. That defines who I am. Keep this focus.
    • Ring Finger - Marriage Covenant. This is 2nd finger (left to right). Ought always be 2nd priority.
    • Middle Finger - Highest finger, picture of strength. Sons are a heritage from Lord. I pray my boys to surpass me.
    • Index Finger - Pointer finger. Point God’s people at Grace to the cross. That is my only job here. Remember that.
    • Thumb - Thumb’s up reminds me that Christians everywhere have God’s approval (thumb’s up) in Christ. Big picture.
  4. Teach it. Share this idea with Becky, with kids, with mentor, with congregation.
  5. Live it. Strive to keep this in forefront of mind. Strive to evaluate each day with this in mind.

Aspects to consider:

1. How this relates to my time and how I choose to use each hour?
2. How this relates to my ongoing education and growth?
3. How this relates to my money and how I spend it?
4. How this relates to my health and how I care for my body?
5. What I will learn to improve?
6. What I will read to improve?
7. What I will do to improve?

This monthly refocus helps me to pay attention to my various vocations, to live out my callings as a Christian, husband, father, and pastor. That it is sent to my email inbox every month (emailed to everymonth@followupthen.com) helps me to regularly realign and re-prioritize my time and my schedule. I would encourage you, reader, to write your own mission statement based on the various vocations that God has given to you. Then, when you're happy with the final result, email it to everymonth@followupthen.com for a regular review of your purpose in life. It will help you ask the big picture questions of "Why am I doing what I'm doing?" "What is the best use of my time right now?" and, "How can I best bring glory to God in thanks for what he's done for me in Christ?"

If you have suggestions how I might tweak or improve my own personal mission statement or would like to share yours with me, please don't hesitate to email me. Let's share! 

Your servant in Christ,
Rob Guenther, The Faster Pastor 

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