I was invited to a conversation on financial literacy curriculum for clergy and congregations. I was a guest to the group, as the members had already done a large portion of the work at a previous gathering. I was honored to be a participant in this stage of the conversation and I tried to do more listening than talking… and here were some of the interesting things I kept hearing.
- Literacy starts with clarity – you don’t know where your learning gaps are until you define what you know and where you are headed.
- Discipline is key to transformation – Once you gain clarity on where you are headed, you can make the necessary steps towards that future.
- You don’t have to know it all or be it all – Mission and vision allow for choices and decisions to be made on the basis of passion and knowledge. This gives focus and boundaries to resources: people, space, money, and time.
So I did a personal mission exercise from Franklin Covey to gain clarity of my own personal mission and vision. It is my hope that this exercise leads to discipline, focus, clarity and transformation. I think it came out pretty spot on.
I encourage you, in the midst of this Monday, to take a moment to gain clarity and focus.
Micah’s Mission Statement
I am at my best when I have a clear picture of the outcome and a plan to get there. I will try to prevent times when I am given no input in the outcome and the plan I am given to execute keeps changing. I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can teach and help others gain clarity and steps to execute their own plan, and where I can share knowledge and experience on administrative topics.
I will find enjoyment in my personal life through organizing and planing for the best future for my family. I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as singing, administrative process, building clarity, enabling discernment that leads to making a plan, and painting. I can do anything I set my mind to. I, with the support of my family, will travel to small churches all over the country to help them become sustainable communities.
My life’s journey is in a world full of floundering spiritual communities, I will help them, no matter what size, purpose, mission or finances, create and implement sustainable models of ministry. The result would be a world of safe, healthy, welcoming, mission focused, administratively sound communities. I will be a person who helped those who didn’t know where to start.
My most important future contribution to others will be giving people the tools to plan and administrate so that they can put the majority of their energy into their passion. I will stop procrastinating and start working on: influencing the way that we educate future ministers, helping parents educate their kids about faith, engaging in the conversation about the perception and understanding of women in ministry.
I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life: listening compassion, depth of knowledge and story telling, work ethic and care of others.
I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life: begin to treat my body like it is the tool of great work – healthy eating and exercise, consistently practice spiritual disciplines outside of leadership responsibilities, find an outside-the-family conversation partner, and practice a hobby regularly that has no economic or professional impact.