Nearly every church has them. They may be tucked away in a drawer, filed in some computer folder or displayed weekly at the bottom of the church bulletin.
Your church’s mission and vision statements.
Whether these documents are widely dispersed or barely known to exist, they serve as critical components for your church’s future. They not only help provide the roadmap for your church’s journey, but they also serve as a relational bond between your congregation and God’s plans for your future.
Yet for many congregations, mission and vision statements rarely live up to the life and direction they are intended to provide. For some, that’s because they are not widely known or talked about. For others, mission and vision statements aren’t compelling and don’t capture the unique call God has placed on your church. In this case, they become empty mantras.
A mission statement describes why your congregation exists and its purpose. Why has God placed you on this planet—in this location, at this time?
A vision statement communicates where you are going and what God wants your congregation to do. It helps you look forward and drives where you are going.
Without these compelling statements, your ministry can feel lifeless and without purpose. In order to prevent this, it’s important to ask these simple questions:
- Is your congregation aware of your church’s mission statement? If not, what are some ways you can begin to share it and reinforce it throughout the life of your congregation?
- Is your ministry’s vision understood and owned by your leadership team and congregation? Can your pastor and ministry leaders take you deep on the meaning and focus behind your vision? Are they committed to it as the driving force of your future?
- Does your mission statement contain clear and compelling elements, or is it more general and less specific? Your mission statement should communicate a broad sense of why your congregation exists but also specifics related to your congregation—things that no other congregation can claim.
- Do your mission and vision statements reflect God’s direction for your specific church? Mission and vision statements should be developed through prayer and reflection. They aren’t just words you put together to include in your bulletin. They are the light, life and breath of your church and its designs to influence the world for Christ.
Haven’t looked at your mission and vision statements in a while? Or maybe you realize they need some updating and new energy. It’s never a bad idea to think, talk, pray and dream together as a congregation about developing or redeveloping these important statements.
Get started today! And if you need help, CIF’s Campaign and Consulting team can walk you through the process.