Staff Retreat – Developing Mission, Vision and Goals

Posted on 28. May, 2007 by in Fresh Ideas, Leadership

e2a8a.jpgA few weeks ago I took my staff on a retreat. We rented a great lake house on Lake Travis just outside of Austin, Texas. Initially I was taking the team to the PDCM conference… but it was cancelled. So I found this place and made plans to retreat instead of going to a conference.


The strategy of the Purpose Driven model has helped me tremendously in ministry. Since I moved into my current position a year ago, I’ve made adjustments to ministry to reflect a more “purpose driven” strategy. Everyone has been on board for the most part; however, I wasn’t completely convinced that everyone understood why. This is the reason why I planned to take everyone to Saddleback. So when the conference was cancelled, I decided that we would watch 2 or 3 sessions from a past PDCM conference, and talk it out and make it reality for our church.


One of the biggest things I wanted to come home with was a vision statement, mission statement and a list of values for our ministry. I know (from personal experience) how easy it is to get so busy with ministry that you never take the time to back up and develop mission and vision. I have felt a burden to get these things done. It can be challenging to lead a volunteer meeting when you have to dance around issues of vision and mission when there isn’t one written out.


So, here is what we came up with. The challenge was to create a mission and vision that supported the mission and vision of our church as a whole, yet still accurately describe our process for ministry. Note that this is not the standard “5-point” purpose driven model mission, but it works with what we are doing.


Vision Statement

 Partnering with parents to reach and empower kids for Christ.


Mission Statement

CT Kids exists to reach kids for Christ, connect them with other Christians, grow them in their faith and equip them to serve their community.


Values: (descriptions and references not written yet)








Believe it or not, we put a lot of work and effort into this, not to mention for me the years of working this out through trial and error. Since it was just my team at the Argyle campus who came up with this, it is still to be decided what happens next. Since the children’s ministry on each campus is autonomous, I will have to work this out with the other children’s pastors and then ultimately with the church leadership. However, this is at least the first step, something that needed to be done a long time ago!Â

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Kenny Conley is the primary author of Childrens Ministry Online and the NextGen Pastor at Gateway Church in Austin, TX. In addition to creating the Illuminate Conference, a high quality kidmin conference designed specifically for volunteers, Kenny is a published author and speaker. For more biographical info, click here.


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3 Responses to “Staff Retreat – Developing Mission, Vision and Goals”

  1. Sam

    05. Jun, 2007


    Looks good. Values, values, values. We are what we do. I am actually going to be talking to our leaders about this in a few weeks. It is important that everyone knows what those values are. Great post.

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  2. Gumisiriza Jonathan

    13. May, 2010

    Am pastor Gumisiriza Jonathan from Uganda working with the children ministry.I have visited your site and feel so interested to work with you.
    We would like you to work with us in helping the children in our area.
    Our mission is to equip children and reach out to the withe the gospel of salvation and to boost sunday schoolsin churchesthrough out the areain order to produce mature christians through children’s ministries.
    The vision is to rise up and develop children in the word of God in order to create a generation of impact.
    We aim at unity among the children,witnessing salvation to the chidren,helping orphans,poor and needy children,equiping children with besic Bible truth,encouraging and training children in the ways of God,and create a transformed generation of children.
    Thank you and waiting to hear from you.

    Pastor Jonathan

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  3. Vijay raj

    15. Apr, 2011

    Please pray for my children ministry. check our mail in facebook

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