“The Call, The Vision, The Mission”
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1. The mission is a statement of what the church is supposed to be doing, while the vision is a snapshot or picture of it.
2. The mission is used for planning where the church is going; the vision is used for communicating where the church is going.
3. A mission statement must be short enough to fit on a business card. The vision statement, however, goes into detail and can range from a single paragraph to several pages in length.
4. The purpose of the mission is to inform all of the ministry’s functions. The purpose of the vision is to inspire people to accomplish the ministry’s functions.
5. The mission involves knowing. It helps your people know where they are going. The vision involves seeing. It helps people see where they are going. If people cannot see a goal, it probably will not happen.
6. The mission comes from the head—it is more intellectual in origin. It supplies knowledge. The vision comes from the heart—it is more emotional in origin. It supplies passion.
7. Logically, the mission precedes the vision. In their development, the vision grows out of and develops detail around the mission, fleshing it out.
8. The mission has a broad, general focus, while the vision has a narrow focus. It singles out the details and specifics of the ministry community.
9. Mission development is a science—it can be taught. The vision, however, is an art—it is more caught. Either you catch it or you miss it altogether.
10. Finally, the mission is communicated visually; it is written down somewhere. The vision is communicated verbally. You hear it preached. An example is Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” vision. Hearing him preach it has much greater impact than reading it off the page.