Everyone knows you’re supposed to have a “vision statement,” but so many ministries write visions that are really missions. “We seek to become the hands and feet of Christ in our community,” for example. This is a mission statement in the future tense with a dash of wishful thinking thrown in for good measure. It’s not a true vision statement.
A vision statement clearly sees some future reality that your organization aims to play a significant role in creating. Again, a vision statement paints a clear, concise word picture of some future state you and others can imagine and that is relevant to your mission, which comes next. The mission statement briefly describes the role your ministry will play in achieving the future portrayed in your vision statement.
Fortunately for Bible readers, we have been given the perfect vision statement in Exodus…the “land of milk and honey.” How wise God is in giving Moses the clearest posible vision statement for him to pass along to His people.
I hope that this is enough to really getting you thinking about the vision and mission for your ministry. In any case, let me know if you’d like to talk about vision and mission further.