Definition: Vision is a clear and challenging picture of the future of the ministry as you believe that it can and must be. It is a clear picture of the future that God wants for the ministry.
Forming a Vision, Do list:
-Think about and clarify core values (both the pastor and the pastor with the leadership group
-Find the actual and the aspirational core values held in the organization (actual: beliefs that are owned and practiced; aspirational: beliefs that we feel we should hold but do not actually own and practice)
-write down the core beliefs, no more than 6, and rate them from lowest to highest
-select a single guiding value
-write a mission statement: a broad, brief, biblical statement of what the organization is supposed to be doing: what is the main thing God has called us to accomplish?
-reshape the mission statement so that is looking toward the future, not looking toward the past
-Do an environmental scan:
what is happening in the real context of the ministry?
How has God gifted this group / congregation already? What strengths do they have? What is lacking or not present?
What is the current context of the neighborhood where ministry is or could be taking place: social environment, economic environment, political environment, religious environment…SWOT
-work through the vision process: prayer, core values, mission, environment, brainstorm, organize
-effectively communicate the vision
- Demonstrate how to form or discover clear core values and the mission of the group.
- Explain the environment that the group will be ministering in.
- Demonstrate the ability to create a clear SWOT for the group in their context.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze the gifting and abilities of the group
- Demonstrate the ability to form a clear and compelling vision statement in conjunction with key members of the group.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate the vision clearly and consistently.