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Mission statement as hymn

Mission statement as hymn

Would your church remember its mission statement better if it was set to music? Here is an idea from St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Del Mar, CA. Listen here.

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No apologies necessary Geoffrey McLarney–because we drew the same parallels (with Anglican chanting the weather), but not taking ourselves too seriously, went for it. And I’ll tell ya what, the folks at St. Peter’s are singing their vision statement (“St. Peter’s da-a-a-res to be…”), and know the big why… “that all may know Christ’s healing love…” A bit silly, sure, but hey, if it helps us remember what we’re about and why– great. Peace, Paige (Paige Blair, Rector of said St. Peter’s Del Mar)

Geoffrey McLarney

I am sorry, but this just reminds me of the Anglican chant renditions of the Highway Code and Weather Forecast!


I’ve never understood the reason for mission statements, either in the business world or parishes. They seem the sort of thing that a consultant will tell you is verrry important – so that they can charge you for a mission statement workshop or two. By and large they appear to be series of platitudes linked together by bullet points – I’ve certainly never been a part of an organization with a mission statement in which members/employees genuinely found it to be a source of focus or inspiration. Setting them to music does not seem like much of an improvement.

Bill Dilworth

Clint Davis

If you have a talented hymn writer in your congregation, a local mission hymn might be a fabulous idea. If you don’t, it will look like a bad aftermarket adaptation.

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