Once your vision is clear, here are three questions you will need to answer.
Agreeing on a clear vision helps you empower others to lead and carry out ministry.
It’s also a lot easier to get everyone pulling in the same direction if there’s agreement on what you hope to accomplish. A clear vision will:
- Set expectations and foster unity
- Help facilitate decision-making that impacts your future
- Create a framework for defining ministry priorities
- Attract talent (both volunteers and staff) and financial resources
- Define success for your ministry
But just “making the vision plain” is not enough to keep people focused on it or to equip a church to accomplish it.
Both your team and your people need to be reminded frequently of what the vision is and where you’re going next. This isn’t just a communications task; it has to do with how your team fundamentally operates. The communications aspect of rallying a church around your vision is a really difficult (impossible may be a better word) task if you stop after simply defining it.Both your team and your people need to be reminded frequently of what the vision is and where you’re going next. Click To Tweet
Once your vision is clear, here are three questions you will need to answer:
1) The Strategy Question:
How will we accomplish the vision?
Your vision may be the destination you see for your church, but your strategy helps you determine what action steps you’ll actually take to get there. It helps you prioritize programs, events and ministries and cut everything that is not in line. Churches get stuck after clarifying the vision because they never define a clear strategy for reaching it.Churches get stuck after clarifying the vision because they never define a clear strategy for reaching it. Click To Tweet
2) The People Question:
Who’s on the team and what are their roles?
With a clear vision in place and core strategies outlined, you can easily see gaps—and excess—on your staff team. For your plans to be realized, you will need to have the right people in the right roles. You will need a structure that supports the development of your staff. Strategies fail when no one owns the action steps, or when the people who own them are ill-equipped to follow through.Strategies fail when no one owns the action steps, or when the people who own them are ill-equipped to follow through. Click To Tweet
3) The Systems Question:
How do we streamline what we do to improve our effectiveness?
Every action plan needs a system for accountability. As your church grows, every individual ministry also needs systems to ensure people are well-cared for and the ball doesn’t get dropped. Good systems keep your strategies on track. Without them, your staff will always drift towards focusing on the urgent.Good systems keep your strategies on track. Without them, your staff will always drift towards focusing on the urgent. Click To Tweet
You’ll notice that underlying each of these components is the need to invest your time and energy into a comprehensive planning process, not just a process to define your mission or vision statement. Few churches take that next step to answer the “How?” and “Who?” questions.
And that’s one major reason vision leaks.
Interested in learning more about how to effectively define, communicate and implement the vision for your church? We’d love to partner with you and your team and you navigate this.