Your Vision statement defines where God wants you to be in the future. Your Mission statement, shows the process you use to accomplish the Vision. Think of it as the difference between a goal (the Vision) and the road map (the Mission). The Vision is the ‘what we are here to do’. The Mission is ‘how we are going to do it’. We need both.
Nehemiah’s Vision could have been to bring revival to his people. Hence, his Mission could have been to teach and mobilize his people while building the wall. He encouraged teamwork, responsibility, hard work and set the stage for Ezra to teach.
Noah, could have had a Vision to change the world. Then, his Mission statement could have been to build the Ark saving his family and animals.
Joseph’s Vision could have been to save the people from famine. However, his Mission statement was to serve his Master by organizing and leading his kingdom.
God gave Moses a Vision of the Promised Land. His mission was to lead his people out of Egypt and into their future.
God has a Vision for us, “The Lord … is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)
Therefore, our Mission given by God could be, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Go ye into all the world, teach and baptize.” (Matthew 28:19 NIV)
The Vision and Mission work together providing the direction to your ‘North Star’ to guide, anchor and keep us focused. Getting a satellite into orbit requires hundreds of minor mid-flight course corrections to achieve the target. Once your Ministry has these prayerful foundation statements, it just takes minor changes to accomplish what God has in mind.
Our personal Mission statement for the Jethro Group is, ‘To influence our world strategically; by demonstrating God’s love, integrating family, church and the corporate world of business to a life of integrity, excellence and Servant Leadership’.
Demonstrating God’s love is an obvious. The way I see it, you and I, need to demonstrate God’s love in everything we do.
Leadership is designing a Mission strategy to accomplish your Vision.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy