by Bob Whitesel Ph.D., 6/15/15.
A former student who was a district leader once remarked that they had a very precise vision statement and that “this vision is now used as a template in (evaluating) our budgeting process…” He went on to say, “this vision is now used as a template in our budgeting process in that every income and expense line item is assigned to columns under the headings of leadership development, church development, church multiplication and administration.”
Such evaluation of activities through a vision statement is also an important tactic within the field of business management. The vision statement is thus utilized as a grid or lens through which organizations decide if a certain endeavor agrees and supports their vision.
Here is a real-life case study I advised as their consultant.
A non-profit Christian organization sent college-age sport teams to Europe to reach out with the Good News. Another organization sent out medical personnel to similar countries. This later organization suggested a merger with the sport organization. Now on the surface, there would seem like there would be little argument against this. But, the vision statement helped the sport organization decide that this new direction did not line up with their vision. You see, if a vision is too broad too much extraneous activities will creep in.
I think we all see that this has been a problem in churches.
Thus ask yourself, are their ministries under your auspices that evaluate their programming ministry through their vision grid? And if not, perhaps you conjecture what such a recommendation might look like?