Based on our process above, we now have what we need to provide many of our PWOCs with a vision statement: a clearer understanding of their unique struggles with faith and obedience, a clearer understanding of the solutions the Lord consistently brought to those struggles, and where we see those themes of struggle and solution in the Scriptures.
Remember, a good vision statement will focus our leaders and their ladies on specific types of ministries for local needs. Again, we shouldn’t look for a “one-size-fits-all” statement, but we can probably articulate a “one-size-fits-most” statement. When we articulate a good vision statement that addresses local unique needs and God’s consistent solutions, it will also free us to formulate a related theme and graphics to advertise related Bible studies from those Scripture passages, programs on sub-themes within that vision, and other practical ministries toward that vision. If the vision statement is too general or broad, then our focus, others’ interest, and all results will likely be diluted. Attempting too broad a vision would be like trying to encourage your child to invest equal time in all academics, all sports, all arts, and all social clubs. They already have passion and skills in many things, so they’re going to do those well anyway. Good parents know they must put extra emphasis only on the most important areas where their children are struggling (or not struggling but should be).
Consider visions in the Bible. God gave the prophets visions when a specific, important part of God’s good will was neglected, distorted, or blocked. The Lord didn’t need to restate other parts of His good will that they were already doing. He focused on unique needs in specific places and times. That’s exactly what we see in Jesus’ addresses to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. That’s why of the Gospels and Epistles give the same message but with each with a different focus of emphasis.
So, how would you articulate a “vision” statement to helps others “see” the desired future for the ladies in many of PWOCs?
In one sentence, visually describe that desired future that inspires others to join you.
A Vision Statement Needs To
…be easily explained by those involved
…be clear and simple
…avoid elaborate language & buzz words…not be confused with a mission statement
A Helpful Reminder
Vision = what, who, and why of your goal
Strategies/Mission = How to reach the goal
Themes = energizing images/ideas that emphasize parts of the vision strategy
You might recognize these Christian organizations. Here are their vision statements:
Barna.org: “provide people with credible knowledge and clear thinking, enabling them to navigate a complex and changing culture.”
Chic-Fil-A: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick–fil–A.”
See examples of 30 top vision statements here
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We will respond to this question until Friday morning (April 26, 2019)