INTENTIONAL MISSION STATEMENTS
What does your school’s mission statement really say? In this activity, you will study the words that make up your mission statement. You will separate the “mission” words from the “vision” words and those that do not fit. Finally, you will align the mission words together to create your best mission statement.
1. Remove all the contents (words) from the envelope.
2. Sort the words. Separate the mission words from the vision words.
Mission words answer WHY your school exists and WHOM you serve. Vision words answer HOW you will fulfill the mission. As a team, determine which words resonate with the mission (purpose) of the school and which words represent the vision (what you will do). All other words can be set aside.
3. Rework the words on a poster board by assembling them and re-working the arrangement with thumb tacks or push pins. Add new words if necessary.
4. Use the blank paper strips in the envelope to write new words to include in your statement.
5. Finalize the new statement on the poster board labeled with your school name.
6. Visit and revisit your mission statement multiple times to consider possible changes.
7. Use an iPad or camera to photograph your mission statement, documenting its various iterations. Email the photographs to Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share them on the Emmaus website.