An Example Mission, Vision, and Core Values

This past Monday morning, I had the privilege of welcoming a new team of salespeople into our company. As part of our orientation and new hire training process, I got the chance to go over our company history (three generations!) and our company’s mission, vision, and core values.

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As I did this, I realized I have never shared these components on this blog. I do not expect anyone to take a look at our mission, vision, and core values and immediately decide to copy them because they are so good! However, I do think someone reading this may get some ideas for their own company statements.

Because I have already covered in previous posts the benefits to creating these statements of mission, vision, and core values, I will not review that here. Instead, I will simply communicate and explain these statements for our company.

Mission Statement

The Mike Patton Auto Family seeks to honor God by impacting the lives of our employees, customers, and community.

We believe that God owns this business and we are simply His stewards of it for a season. We want to make sure that all we do in and through the business honors Him. By the same token, we do not want to do anything that will dishonor Him.

We believe that we are here, and that this business exists, for the purpose of impacting people for eternity. We believe that this is our ultimate goal.

Vision Statement

Moving people.

This statement is short, but is full of meaning. First, it obviously references transportation, reflecting the automobile business we have chosen. But it goes much deeper than that.

We want to take employees, customers, and those in the community and we want to “move” them from their current position (or circumstances) to a better place. Regardless of where they are in life (financially, professionally, emotionally, etc.), we want to move them to an improved situation. Regardless of how they interact with us, we want them to be better off having done so.

Core Values

IntegrityWe do what is right even when no one is watching.

This core value comes first for a reason. Without integrity, we will not have the impact that we desire. We take this very seriously. We will extend grace when it comes to mistakes and errors, giving people a chance to grow and improve in their jobs. We are not as tolerant of violations in this area. We need to know we can trust our coworkers without question.

ExcellenceWe are constantly redefining our goals, expectations, boundaries, and potential.

Our team’s talents and performance vary from person to person. That is normal. We simply believe that regardless of your talent or performance today, you should want to be better tomorrow. We want teammates that are constantly striving to learn and grow, improving every day!

Employee DevelopmentWe strive to create an atmosphere that inspires and enables people to reach their full potential.

As a company, we want to meet our employees where they are as they strive for excellence. Our goal is to provide the resources and inspiration required to “move” them forward on their path. Sometimes this means they advance within our company and sometimes it means they move on to other opportunities. Either way, we want to help!

Spiritual GrowthWe provide the opportunity for all to know God and make Him known.

No one who works in our company is required to believe what we believe. However, we make it clear early on that God is the owner of our company. Therefore, all that we do centers around Him. This includes many efforts to sow seeds of faith all around through various efforts. We will not force anyone to believe, but they will certainly have opportunities to hear.

Community ImpactWe use our talents and treasures to make a difference in those who need it most.

We believe we are part of the community in which we work and therefore have the responsibility to give back to that community. Whether through benevolence or sponsorships, community service or fundraising, we are going to take the time and energy to give to those who need it.

Your Mission, Vision, And Core Values

Hopefully, you have found this helpful as an example of a good set of mission, vision, and core values statements. If you only gleaned one idea from this, I consider it worthwhile.

If you have any questions or comments about mission, vision, or core values, please comment below!

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  • Tiffany Crosby

    Thanks for sharing Chris. I believe that this is a great illustration of how to boldly proclaim your faith as a part of your business. This whole focus on political correctness and not offending anyone seems to have even Christian business owners going silent within the businesses that God has entrusted to them. I don’t get why people are so afraid of “offending” a potential customer. Who’s money is it anyone?

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Thanks Tiffany! The last thing we need to be is silent. While I realize we are in the “Bible belt” of the US, I have not had a single complaint from a customer in the 9+ years we have been open about our faith in the business.

  • drjimharris

    Terrific post, Chris. Would you allow me to use this as a guest post at http://www.ToaHigherLevel” next week? Would love my subscribers to read this.

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Sounds good to me, Jim. I checked out your site and feel like I will be in good company! Thanks for the opportunity!

      • drjimharris

        Thank you very much. I’ll post this next Wednesday. Also please download my new book “The Impacter” – it’s a leadership parable on how one man impacts his work and his world through Biblical principles of excellence – just like you :) I think you’d enjoy it

        • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

          I just submitted my email so I could get the book…looks very interesting! Thanks!

          • drjimharris

            That’s great! Am in final negotiations with a great Christian book distributor to create the final eBook and hard back versions. If you feel it is worthy, I would be honored if you would write a short (2-3 word) endorsement, then I could promote your blog as well. But only if it is worthy in your eyes.

  • http://twitter.com/CherylSmith999 Cheryl Smith

    This is great, Chris. I’ve shared it at The High Calling’s FB page. If you have a FB page for your blog, let me know and I’ll tag you in it.

  • http://www.texaseo.com/ TexaSEO (Texas SEO)

    Thank you so much for this Chris. Huge help!

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Awesome! Glad to help!

  • Jan Christianson

    Chris, you don’t know me at all. I live in Toronto Canada and came across your blog today. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your message. I found some answers for my prayers.
    After a lifetime of struggle in my career, I have decided to put Jesus Christ at the core of my life and surrender my career to Him. Accordingly am trying to write a mission and vision statement and found your company’s to be inspiring. You are a blessing to me!
    Jan Christianson

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Jan, I am so glad to hear from you (including your voicemail!) today. I am living proof that God can use ANYONE to impact others – if we will just surrender. I appreciate your encouragement today! Thanks for reaching out!

  • Paul Phakathi

    Wow, you have streamlined what God has been speaking to me about for the past couple of months with regards to “His Business and not Mine” and life as a whole. Thank you, thank you for allowing him to speak through you. From SA (South Africa), “thumbs up”

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Paul, I am glad to hear God used this to help you! I will pray for your implementation!