A mission statement explains why the ministry exists. It informs as to what is being done right now and sets basic parameters as to what is or is not to be done in the future. A vision statement lends credibility to the mission. It points the way. It implies work still to be accomplished.
While consulting recently with a church, I suggested to their 50+ Ministry study group the following vision/mission statement:
To inspire and equip men and women for ministry and service as Christ followers in the second half of life.
Our vital interest and concern is to inspire, equip and enable we who are active adults at midlife or beyond to deepen our relationship with Jesus, to strengthen and exercise our faith, to seek God for personal direction, to connect with peer groups and younger generations or specific ministries and to answer the call to influence and disciple the generations in our families, our church, our cities and the nations for Christ (Matt 28:19).
Did I hit the mark? We’ll see. The vision/mission statement should say a lot about your own ministry, taking into consideration its unique distinctives. If you feel, as I do, that a vision/mission statement is an important tool for inspiring and keeping a ministry cohort such as yours together and moving in the same direction, please share it with me. I know others would welcome your input as well.