Monday, April 5, 2010

Our Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement: Our goal is to nurture all mothers: to reach out with encouragement, friendship, and support; and to enable each woman to be all God created her to be. A group where Nobody Stands Alone.

During the Amplify meeting this past Wednesday night at Bethel Assembly of God, the Pastor reminded the congregation of the vision for our church. It was an evening of envisioning what God wants to do and can do at Bethel Assembly of God. We were encouraged to look beyond the boundaries we have set to see what God wants for us instead. The meeting encouraged many of us to look excitedly and expectantly on what God can do. I believe God wants to do more for moms in our community and chooses to use Mom's Connection. This compels me to share and expound with you this week our mission statement.

In the business world it is important to make known what your company's fundamental purpose is to the public and to itself. The same goes for a ministry. We must know why we exist, communicate our intended purpose, and filter all we do through the goal of our mission. I have learned over the years there are many noble things to do but we must stay within our main purpose in which God has called us. I am thankful our mission statement is still as relevant today as it was five years after starting this group.

Our mission statement begins with nurturing all mothers. The focus here is the word "all". After my own two children went off to school, my job as a mom was not made easier just different. No matter what the ages of our children are, we can find a common ground with one another. Whether they are babies or teenagers, we continue to face difficult obstacles and challenges with them. I find it the most helpful when facing something new for me as a parent when another mom, who has been over that same hurdle, can share with me, "this too shall pass." Our job doesn't end when our children go off to school and neither does our need for connection.
When I was in my senior year in high school, we had to choose our "class song". We chose the theme song to "Cheers". I'm not sure if everyone remembers that song but the lyrics go like this: "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows Your name. You wanna go where people know, people are all the same, You wanna go where everybody knows your name." This is what everyone wants and needs especially moms. When we are in our homes day in and day out, we need to reach out to others for encouragement, friendship and support for our own well being. We need a place to be authentic and real where we can admit that parenting is hard, but it's worth the effort. Our goal is that Mom's Connection would be that place for you.

The only way we can stand by this mission statement is if we, as leaders and members of Mom's Connection, become all God created us to be. We work to get out of our old habits, assumptions of others, and mindsets to see what God sees in each person. We step out of our comfort zone to reach to all women regardless of our personal feelings to hang out with people in our circle. We are open to the leading of God in our lives when we are studying a topic whether it's in our marriage, our parenting, or our minds. It is essential for God to work through us because we remain a work in progress. This is especially important if we are even capable of becoming a group where Nobody Stands Alone.


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