Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
Today is the day we work on vision and mission statements for our ministries. If you have all ready done this, you’re ahead of the game. Just review your statement and tweak them if you need to.
I’ll start with mine. I’m happy with my mission statement, but my vision statement needs work. It says what I want, but it’s too long. So that’s my challenge for today, to come up with a shorter vision statement.
Revival Fire 4 Kids Vision Statement: Revival Fire 4 Kids seeks to minister to children, families, churches, and those who minister to children through consulting, teaching, holding children’s revivals, and providing resources. We do this in these four ways.
Revival Fire 4 Kids Children’s Ministry Consultant Services: We go to local churches for two weeks to mentor and coach them as they plan an effective ministry for children.
Children’s Ministry Workshops: We go to local churches and conferences to train children’s teachers and workers.
Fired Up Revivals and Kid’s Crusades: Fired Up Revivals and Kids Crusades are exciting, energetic Children’s Revivals to lead children into the presence of God where they will be fired up to be saved, sanctified, Spirit filled, and serving God.
Resources: Revival Fire 4 Kids seeks to provide resources and curriculum to help your ministry through our blog and our online store.
Mission Statement: Purpose for existence. Why does your ministry exist? What are your core values? Vision statements may change, but a good mission statement shouldn’t.
Vision Statement: States what the ministry will be doing. How is the ministry going to carry out the mission in the future. This statement may change from time to time.
Practical Help: Books have been written to describe how to make mission and vision statements. I’m not going to go into all the information available out there, but if you need help with your vision and mission statements, here are some online resources:
Take Your Time: Today’s challenge is a starting point. It may take you a while to come up with effective mission and vision statements. You may want to do some reading about them before you complete your statement. Here are a few good books:
What Next: You could create the greatest mission and vision statements known to man, but if you don’t do anything with them, it’s a waste of time. Here’s the steps you should take after you have these statements.
Write them down on index cards. Then place them on your desk in a clearly visible area. That way, you’ll review the statements often.
Whenever you have an idea for your ministry, compare it with your mission statement. Does your idea reflect what your ministry exists for or is it just a good idea that won’t help your ministry fulfill its purpose.
Memorize your mission and vision statements. That shouldn’t be hard since you’re reviewing the index cards often.
Communicate your mission and vision with your ministry team. Mention it at the beginning of every meeting and correspondence. Encourage them to memorize it.