Creating Space for Ministry Impact: The "Why" That Drives Us
It has been more than a decade since Aspen Group established its original mission statement, which focused on providing ministry-focused design and construction services while managing risk and providing a great client experience. While this mission clearly articulated what we do at Aspen, it didn’t fully convey the compelling why that drives us.
For this reason, we felt the need to refresh and renew our commitment to the work God has given us to do. It was a unifying and edifying experience to see our leadership team rally around our common why and then work together to create a mission statement that would convey this in a clear and compelling way.
Our Mission: Creating space for ministry impact
These five words—creating space for ministry impact—concisely capture the heart of why Aspen exists. The words “creating space” speak to our primary focus on designing built space that effectively connects people to God and others.
“Creating space” also denotes our broader understanding of the myriad places where ministry occurs in a church—sanctuaries and auditoriums, children’s ministry areas, classrooms, food pantries, and lobbies and other connecting areas, for instance. Our mission is also centered on “ministry impact.” This focus will continue to drive us to plan, design, and build ministry enhancing facilities.
We are very aware that our clients—church pastors, staff, key lay leaders, and church boards—are highly focused on their “day jobs,” the highly demanding world of ministry. We consider it a privilege to come alongside these ministries and humbly partner with them to further ministry goals. It is in that context that we aspire to impact ministry by working in such a way that builds client confidence and peace of mind through the entire experience of working with Aspen.
Ministry impact relates to risk management as well, especially as it relates to the stewarding of church resources in the complex world of architecture and construction. Our time-proven processes are tailored for the realm of church projects and ensure that critical success factors are identified early, and costs are identified and mitigated in a proactive way.
Along with re-crafting our mission statement, our leadership team also worked together to succinctly articulate the values we uphold as an organization. Values are enduring and represent who we are and how we interact.
The description of our values has changed significantly—from the former “Do Right, On Time, With Excellence” phrasing—but still retains much of our heritage and cultural DNA.
Love one another—treat employees, partners, and clients as we like to be treated.
Find the Win-Win—develop shared goals, tirelessly seek the win for all involved.
Do what’s right—honor every commitment; live biblical values.
Always learn—Seek innovative solutions, learn all we can, grow from our mistakes.
Extend grace—demonstrate a spirit of mercy, grace, and generosity in every relationship.
I’m personally challenged and inspired by this list. These stated values provide a stretching mix of who we aspire to be and how we have often sought to live. At Aspen we’ve committed to hold each other accountable to these values. It’s our hope that everyone with whom we work—our staff, our partners, and the churches we serve—would know us for these values.
Our efforts to renew and revise our mission and values statements were a productive and unifying exercise among our leadership team. There’s a renewed sense of energy and purpose within our studios and among our support team. It’s with a deep sense of joy, humility, and responsibility that we’ll continue to fulfill with diligent sincerity the why to which we believe God has called us.