I would like to use the church blog as one means of communicating the progress of our strategic plan. Currently we have been prayerfully working on our vision statement. With this in mind I am including a few definitions of a vision statement.
Firstly Wikipedia, states that a vision statement outlines what the organization wants to be, or how it wants the world in which it operates to be (an “idealised” view of the world). It is a long-term view and concentrates on the future. It can be emotive and is a source of inspiration. For example, a charity working with the poor might have a vision statement which reads “A World without Poverty.”
Further Wikipedia defines a mission as the fundamental purpose of an organization or an enterprise, succinctly (concise) describing why it exists and what it does to achieve its vision. For example, the charity above might have a mission statement as “providing jobs for the homeless and unemployed”
Another example comes from the book: “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek who states that a vision is the public statement of the founder’s intent. Why the company exists. It is the literal vision of the future. (the why). Further that the mission refers to a description of the route, how the company intends to create that future (the how).
Here is a few vision statement examples:
- Wikipedia’s example of vision: “A world without poverty”, works well with the example of mission: “Providing jobs for the homeless & unemployed”
- Apostolic Church Of Pentecost: “Our Mission Statement: To engage in community transformation by developing effective leaders and healthy churches” Our Vision Statement: “To be a passionate people extending God’s grace and igniting hope in every community”
- VisionLedd’s vision statement: “We believe in a world where churches are the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities, ministering to orphans, widows and others infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.”
- Starbucks: Our mission: “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”
I have also attached a pdf file that I feel you will find very interesting. This was a vision exercise that we did as an Eldership team. We still do not have a final version to present, however this chart will give you an idea of our discussions, burden and heart.
This process of developing and updating our church vision has been a wonderful experience. Here is a copy of our vision statement which includes our mission and our core values. In the weeks to follow we will be prayerfully developing our strategic initiatives. Strategic initiatives refer to our goals and objectives based upon our vision statement.
Our Vision: “A life giving people”
Our Mission: “Carrying the heart of the Father, transforming the world”
Our Core Values:
“A loving family with a heart for community”
“Living with respect and integrity”
“Experiencing the fullness of the Holy Spirit”
“A team pursuing God’s mission”