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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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11 High-Impact Planning Ideas for Senior Pastors
This blog provides innovative activities to clarify your congregation's strategy and vision.
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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.
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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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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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The Equipping Church Guidebook
This biblically-based guidebook details a vision and strategy for implementing a congregational collaborative ministry.
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Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times
This leadership resource provides specific ways to navigate the emotional processes that emerge during times of challenge and change.
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The Life Cycle and Stages of Congregational Development
This article presents a life cycle model that can help leaders understand their congregation's current life stage and anticipate inevitable transitions.
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Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
This book emphasizes the importance of planning to carry out a mission, breaking down strategic planning into a four-fold process.
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Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations
This book of practical tools turns strategic planning into holy conversations” guided by three critical questions.
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