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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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This blog provides innovative activities to clarify your congregation's strategy and vision.
For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts
This collection of essays offer an expansive vision of the arts for the church.
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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.
A Vision for the Aging Church: Renewing Ministry for and by Seniors
This book explores the aging population and shares how they can be assets to the congregation.
New Visions Initiative: A Blueprint for a Vibrant Congregation
This organization provides resources and guidance for historically African American Episcopal congregations focusing on renewal, a vision for the future, and creative culture change.
Vision: Lost and Found: The Story of a Church That Got Stuck but Didn't Stay There
Based off the experiences of megachurch Granger Community Church, this book details its journey from a start-up church with tremendous growth to a period of organizational struggle. This book equips readers with the same tools and processes Granger used to shift internal culture.
Not Your Parent's Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship
This book teaches leaders how to cast a vision of generosity that empowers congregations to give extravagantly.
Discovering God's Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts
This eight-hour course is part of a comprehensive spiritual gifts program that helps users identify and implement their spiritual gifts while helping churches embed a spiritual gifts ministry into the fiber of their congregations.
Stewardship for Vital Congregations
This resource connects purpose and vision with stewardship towards the goal of a thriving ministry for the future.
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