Putting The Pieces Together
We’ve had 3 processing points so far.
Here are your responses.
In which area are your local ladies struggling most, why to trust Jesus or how to obey Jesus?
Which two or three sections of Scripture seems to describe this theme of struggling to connect that also generally describes much of your installation’s struggle?
What is the recurring struggle of the people?
And what is the Lord’s repeated solution?
The 4 complete responses are listed first.
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Ladies, we’ve seen some great insights so far. Several of you have discerned the uniqueness of your local installation; you’ve identified themes of similar recurring struggles and solutions in the Scriptures; and – most importantly – you’ve named several passages that also describe those dynamics among your local ladies. Now we’re ready to move to practical application: articulating a vision statement for your local PWOC.
George Barna, Christian analyst, author, and founder of The Barna Group (a marketing research firm) defines a vision statement as “a clear mental picture of a preferable future imparted by God to His chosen servants based upon an accurate understanding of God, self and circumstances.” (The Power of Vision, Page 28) That’s a pretty good definition, because it gives us explicit and implicit basics that your vision should include. Remember, a vision statement communicates THE GOAL. Mission statements communicate HOW YOU PLAN TO GET THERE. Themes, taglines, and graphics package the parts of the vision and help focus attention/memory on the central aspect of the vision.
A vision statement for a Christian ministry should be . . .
- Based on a recurring problem and solution in Scripture that reflects some of your ladies key challenges. An effective vision statement will guide you in choosing relevant Bible studies, programs, a theme statement, tagline, etc. If the vision is not a clearly based in Scripture, it will be based in lesser things: preference, popularity, precedent (what seemed to work before), etc. And your faith will be in those lesser things.
- A positive picture of a specifically different future for your ladies. Like Jesus’ understanding of his ministry in Mark 1:35-39, discerning the specific future God calls you to seek will free you to say “no” to other good things so you can pursue ever better things. It will embolden you to tell your ladies, “Maybe we could use your idea, but we/you would need to shape it to move in this particular direction.” It will fuel your creative juices because you’re not primarily focused on present problems. You’re focused on biblical solutions toward the future God.
- Imply the Scripture problem but focus on the solution briefly but clearly. For example, “Growing Disciples. Starting Churches” implies that the people were discipling to grow beyond their own church but must. Or “Connecting to Glory in God” implies current disconnection that can only be remedied in God. Or “Be America’s best quick-service restaurant” (Chick-fil-A) implies that quick-service and high quality are too often opposites.
So, look back at some of the larger or recurring passages of Scripture that describe your ladies’ struggle.
In a dozen words or less, how would you describe the goal that God wanted for those people then that also applies to your ladies now?
Please add all responses, under this post, to the Vision Articulation At The Hub Facebook page HERE.
We will respond to this question until Monday morning (March 31, 2019)
** We will take all complete processes and find a common thread through them to build a collaborated theme to demonstrate a vision process.