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  • In oder to begin creating your strategy, you must first know where you are going. 
  • A strategy is an IF/THEN theory. If I take X, Y, Z actions, then I will get Q at some point in the future. 
  • This is where we pick up with scripture in the story of Moses. 
  • God appears to moses in the story of the burning bush and he says cast the vision for Moses.
  • Exodus 3:8-10 “So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
  • Land with lots of space, a land with gumdrops and lollipops and grapes as big as your face. A land where your free to worship me. God points “That land” – the land of the hitites, etc. 
  • A vision in not that dusty old thing that nobody in your church knows. A vision drives the culture of your ministry. It is the thing that animates your church, it’s the thing that creates unity, it’s the thing that inspires action in your staff, volunteers, and your churchgoers. 
  • If the people in your ministry cant see, hear, smell, touch, and taste your vision for THEIR future (and the future of your ministry) nobody will take action. Sheep don’t move unless you show them greener pasture. 
  • “Where there is no vision, the people perish” – Proverbs 29:18
  • Your ministry master plan will be taking you and your churchgoers on a journey, one step at a time. Of course any place worth going isn’t going to be easy to get to, so the end result needs to be so beautiful, powerful, and so purposeful that they would walk through a desert and have a death match with giants if it means they get a shot at taking part in the promised land with you. 
  • Your vision needs to be specific. What is the exact RESULT God is calling your ministry to create? Where is the specific place you will go? Who are the people you will reach? In what way will you reach them? What’s your timeframe? How will the world look different when you get there? 
  • Answer the questions on the worksheet for this lesson to identify the vision of your ministry.
  • Take your vision and add it to our group chat for everyone else in the course to help you further revise. 
  • Thanks for joining me in this video, I look foreward to seeing you in the very next lesson. 
  • VICTOR FRANKLE EXAMPLE: people that lost vision died
  • A house divided cannot stand – where there are competing visions, nothing collapse is inveitable

In order to make any progress, you must be moving toward a specified destination.

Progress requires you to identify the place you’re currently at and the place you want to be, then to measure your movement toward your church goals.

The ultimate place you want to reach is fulfillment of your church’s vision.

church’s vision is a clear image of what it looks like to complete God’s purpose for your church

Your church’s vision is the promised land that God is calling you to. 

Every ministry plays their own role in the body of Christ, which means that your ministry will have a unique vision/destination.

Vision Example: One ministry we consulted with envisioned everyone in their community being connected to the Gospel message through genuine relationships with people from the church.

Only when your church has a clear vision can you begin to create growth strategies that move you closer toward your destination.


Introduction Welcome to today’s video where we’ll discuss how to create a powerful church vision statement that inspires and motivates your audience. Crafting a compelling church vision statement is essential for giving direction, unity, purpose, and passion to your ministry. Let’s dive into the vision casting process!

Church Vision Statement: Definition A church vision is the desired change your church is dreaming about after it has accomplished its mission. It’s how you believe the world will look when your ministry has fulfilled its purpose.

Church Vision vs. Church Mission It’s important to differentiate between a church vision statement and a church mission statement. While a vision statement describes the future reality your church intends to create, a mission statement addresses the obstacles your church will need to overcome to make the vision a reality.

Where Does a Church Vision Come From? A church vision is given to the head pastor by God. As the leader of your church, it’s your responsibility to seek God’s direction and calling for your ministry. Spend time in prayer, fasting, and reflecting on what you feel God has called you to do.

Why Your Church Needs a Vision A clear vision is essential for your church because it creates direction, unity, purpose, and passion within your ministry. It gives your congregation a specific destination and helps them focus their efforts on what’s most important.

How Big Should Your Church Vision Be? When creating your church vision, don’t be afraid to think big. Inspirational and challenging visions motivate people to commit and sacrifice for a cause. Remember, your audience will be more willing to take action for an “impossible” vision that they’re passionate about than a “realistic” vision that’s uninspiring.

What If You Don’t Have a Vision? If you’re struggling to find a vision for your ministry, it might be time to consider other ministry opportunities or positions where setting the vision isn’t your core responsibility.

Commitment to Your Church Vision As the senior pastor, you should be fully committed to your church’s vision. Be prepared to lead the way and inspire your congregation to join you in achieving your vision.

What Makes a Good Church Vision Statement A good church vision statement should clearly express your church’s purpose, values, and goals. Make sure your statement is unique to your church and resonates with your followers.

Addressing Similarities to Other Church Visions Don’t worry if your church vision statement sounds similar to others. What’s important is that you specify how your church will fulfill its mission and stand out from other churches.

Making Your Church Vision Statement Compelling To make your church vision statement more compelling, ground it in a memorable, captivating sentence that clearly describes how your church will accomplish its vision. Remember, it’s your responsibility to find the words and stories that make your church vision inspiring.

Thank you for joining us today. We hope this video helps you craft a powerful church vision statement that resonates with your audience and guides your ministry toward a better future.

ACTION STEP: Download the Ministry Vision Worksheet PDF and refine your church vision. Begin by writing the existing church vision in the space provided. Then, remove 50% of the words in the vision while losing none of the messages. Then, repeat the exercise. Do this until your ministry vision can be said in 7 words or less. Remember, If you can’t say it simply, you don’t know it well enough.

Question: What are the key elements to consider when crafting a powerful and inspiring church vision statement that unifies and motivates your congregation? Let’s discuss this in the comments.

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