Have you ever wondered what the difference between your “mission” and your “vision” is? This is a common question in the church world today as church leaders strive to lead with intentionality. In the ever-changing environment of church ministry, jargon tends to shift as relevant ideas and practices are constantly evolving or being reconsidered. Although this can be the case, it is imperative that you can differentiate between your mission and your vision.
What is the mission of your church? If another pastor came up to you today and asked you this simple, but utterly defining question, would you be able to answer in a way that reflects the purpose that God has put on your heart? Maybe you have discussed the importance of developing a “mission statement” with other church leaders and you realize that your mission has not been clearly defined. In order to clarify vision to its fullest potential, you must be able to recognize the mission of your church.
After you’ve defined your mission, you can begin to develop the vision that encompasses that mission. The fundamentally precise practices that you can use to clarify vision found throughout this series will allow you to determine the vision for your church. It is common for church leaders to soak up best practices that are outlined by other successful leaders without thoroughly assessing whether or not that practice aligns with your mission. This is where your vision can contradict your mission.
In the pursuit of aligning your vision with your mission, it is important that you examine God’s purpose for your church. The purpose of this video is to provide you with an in depth understanding of the differences between missions and visions, as well as how you can align them in order to form a thriving, healthy church.
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