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Mission and Vision
Curator Doug Hanner
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Strategic Planning for Congregations
Curator Tim Shapiro
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Mission and Vision Statements

Many congregational leaders know the importance of clear vision and mission statements. Some of us have experienced positive energy working with a team that articulates congregational hopes and dreams. It can be a creative endeavor. It can be fun. There is a sense of standing in the presence of hope.

What’s the difference between the two?

Many have identified careful distinctions between a mission statement and a vision statement. I like to simplify the difference.

A vision statement imagines an ideal. It states what your congregation wants to become. It is a mental picture of a desired future.

A mission statement defines purpose. Such a purpose statement describes what your congregation does. Who does it? How does it get done? It tells others why your congregation exists.

A friendly warning

Don’t create either a vision statement or a mission statement if you don’t intend to let such statements guide you every day. Your congregation should allow those tools to focus your thoughts and actions.

How many ways can you use vision and mission statements to shape congregational life?

If your vision and mission truly represent your congregation, you will find repeating the words of such statements will come naturally in many different settings. When this happens, you experience the satisfaction of serving a congregation that is clear about what it stands for and what it hopes to be.

Check out these resources on this topic: the books Holy Conversations and Mission Drift, as well as the video Overview of the Strategic Planning Process.

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The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation
This book examines the multitude of definitions for the term "missional" before offering its own definition based within a biblical and theological context.
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The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community
This book will help your congregation take the first step towards becoming more missionally engaged, inspiring new ways to leave an impact and providing success stories of congregations who did it.
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The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World
This resource views missional churches as the best response to modern-day malaise in many congregations. It offers values of missional churches as well as solutions to overcoming challenges that go along with congregational transformation.
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Mission: Possible
This board game empowers teams to tackle problems by generating creative solutions, drawing on congregational assets and teamwork.
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The Missional Network
This organization provides extensive resources and consulting to promote missional church insights among congregations changing from being church-oriented to community-oriented.
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Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People
This series invites readers to seize the possibilities of embracing a comprehensive missional church perspective, both in their individual lives and in the actions of the congregation.
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What is the Missional Church? A Brief Introduction
This article describes a brief history of the missional church movement and discusses the rationale of authors and theologians who are proponents of the movement.
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Practicing Witness: A Missional Vision of Christian Practices
This concise book offers a history and definition of missional theology, focusing on practice and context.
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Learning Mission, Living Mission: Churches that Work
This resource presents the Missional Church Learning Experience as a potential model to help congregations develop missional projects with partnering churches to share experiences and ensure sustainability.
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