Read: A Short Introduction to Vision
Before you begin your strategic planning work, review, and affirmation of your mission and vision are critical. Planning the activities for the future years without knowing where you’re going or why you’re going there produces little fruit.In most scenarios, you won’t be rewriting your mission and vision statement, however you and your team may decern that this is worth considering.
Consider your vision
Where is God calling you to go? Worthy visions include words like all, every, end, eradicate. Worthy visions have an element of completeness. You will have an overall organizational vision and you may have a vision for this next increment of your strategic plan. When you begin with prayer and discernment there must be room to hear from God amidst a commitment to avoid mission drift.
Vision should be framed from the perspective that it is only possible if God is involved –which places us in a position of obedience, trust, and perseverance before the Lord. Vision/Mission should not be based on what we can envision as success for us or our organizations. They should also be reflective of a “give it all” mentality, fully submitted, fully trusting, and working with diligence.
Some helpful questions:
- What is left unfinished?
- What problem are you called to solve?
- Nehemiah was called to rebuild the wall, Moses and the Israelites were called to occupy the land.
Example of a complete vision statements:
“That’s why Wycliffe Bible Translators exists —to help speakers of these remaining languages get the Bible for themselves. And we won’t stop until all people have God’s Word in a language they understand.”
Around the world and around the clock the BGEA shares the good news of Jesus Christ with millions of people every year.
“Together, we can end Alzheimer’s”
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.