I want to show you a picture of my church's Strategic Vision that hangs on our wall. Take a look:
Everything we have done from May 2017-April 2018 pointed towards this strategic cause. And it's important to note this vision statement didn't stand on it's own. It is 1 part of a 5 layer vision tool called the Vision Spectrum. I talk more about it in this post.
But when it comes to this layer of vision, our Strategic Vision, here are 3 roles this layer of vision serves for my team and my church:
1. Generates Excitement
We treat this statement as our rallying cry for our ministry year. Therefore, we reset this statement every May so we can use the summer months to prep main initiatives to launch in the Fall.
2. Removes Silos
Every ministry is important. And we have an agreement that every time we make ministry decisions we will all ask: Does this help us accomplish our Strategic Vision? Does this help people Gather Differently and Grow Intentionally? If it does, we rally behind the idea together. If it doesn't, we make that decision together because we are all aiming for the same outcome for the year.
3. Focuses Attention
There are no bad ideas, just undisciplined boundaries. I believe this to my core. All ideas are great and welcome within the constraints of where our vision tells us we are going. The Strategic Vision focuses the attention and resources of our church. When we hire, spend money and spend time we check ourselves against our Strategic Vision. Anything out of bounds we must say "No" to.
@@There are no bad ideas, just undisciplined boundaries.@@
Here's where it fits
I want to introduce you to a tool I have developed called the Vision Spectrum, which will help any organization bring synergy between the way out there and the right in front of us.
If you would like to learn more about the Vision Spectrum for you and your church, please contact us HERE.