What’s Your Vision?
To determine the future of your church, leaders must create a vision statement. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this, you are not alone. Although it is a vital element to any well-run organization, putting all you want your church to accomplish into a sentence of 10 words or less can prove difficult. If you’re having trouble with this, here are some suggestions:
• Hold a meeting and gather all your leaders together on one approved date and time. The more opinions you get on this, the better chance you have of making sure everyone agrees on the statement and will move forward with you to achieve your vision.
• Purchase a large white board, dry erase markers, and magnets. Ask each member to bring old magazines, tape, glue, and scissors. Provide blank pieces of paper and pens as well.
• Ask people to answer the following questions on their papers:
If you could lead the most ideal church tomorrow, what would it look like?
If you could describe your church in one word, what would you say? Why?
What is the legacy that you want to leave regarding the church (What would you like the church to be known to have achieved)?
After they have answered the questions, write on the top of the board the following sentence:
“The perfect church would be…”
• Have them comb through their magazines for pictures of things that represent their answers. For example, if they want a church that values feeding the poor, a picture of fruits and vegetables or the words “abolish hunger” all work well.
• Give them permission to go crazy! No dream is off limits. If they want a church that treats members to free catered lunches once a month, let them cut out pictures of sandwiches along with the Subway logo. If they want the church to treat leaders to a yearly trip to the spa, cut out a picture of a woman getting a hot stone massage. It’s okay to be a little silly in this part of the exercise. (When you discuss your ideas together, that will be the time to let the group know which ideas you can realistically fulfill.)
• After a designated period of time, share your answers with the rest of the team. Let each member speak and dream freely. This helps establish trust and bonding as well as the feeling people truly are being heard. Have each of them place his or her picture on the white board with magnets with an explanation of what the picture represents. Pictures should complete the sentence “My perfect church program would be…”