When God placed Adam and Even in the garden, He provided a mission for this first marriage. He said, “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28) In chapter two of Genesis He places Adam in the Garden of Eden to “…work it and take care of it.” Adam and Eve’s mission statement might go something like this, “We are called to seek God first, to model our marriage after His love, to procreate and fill the earth and to embrace our work in the garden as we care for God’s creation.”
To build a mission statement, take some time to write down all of the things you and your spouse are involved in, e.g., a business, children, jobs, purchasing a house, caring for aging family members, serving a local school board, small group leadership, etc. Draw from this list those things you are called to serve together in and begin to write out a paragraph that describes your calling. Now think about your values as a couple and include the most important ones. Again, for example: loving God and seeking Him together, debt free living and spiritual gifts. Prayerfully begin creating a statement that includes both doing and values lists.
As this paragraph is refined year-to-year you will discover the unity of co-mission and the beauty of sub-mission, or operating together under the mission.