What mission statement?

‘Don’t show me your mission statement, show me your story.’ A friend of mine, Len Sweet, has a great disdain for mission statements that live only on walls and in brochures. 

He prefers a story.  

Stories capture attention and imagination. What is the metaphor for your organisation, what is your mission story?  

For example, at the previous church I worked at we used one of the stories in the gospels as our mission story. The one about the 4 friends carrying their paralyzed friend to get healed, ‘cause sometimes you are the one on the stretcher and other times you are the one doing the heavy lifting. 

Get skin in the game.  

Tell better stories.