Friday, February 27, 2009
In twenty-five words or less, describe what this initiative is seeking to accomplish...
“What indicators might identify particular mission engagements as being strategic? What questions could you ask about mission initiatives to help decide if they are strategic?”
Indicator #6: In twenty-five words or less, describe what this initiative is seeking to accomplish and how it fits into our church’s comprehensive strategic mission vision.
This indicator makes a wonderful assumption…that our congregation has a very clear sense of strategic mission vision. That vision will incorporate all of our mission engagements into a comprehensive framework driven by God’s invitation to our involvement in His mission. A number of churches have found this indicator to be an eye-opening experience as they have asked all teams making budget requests to complete this statement as they make request for congregational funding. Others have used this statement as they add activities and events to the church calendar.
“What are we trying to accomplish in this mission ministry or event? How does this ministry “fit” into what God is asking us to accomplish as His Body?”
If a church is not clear about its comprehensive strategic mission vision, the utilization of this indicator will reveal that absence and provide opportunity to seek a fresh direction from God regarding our role in His mission. That is a healthy exercise in itself!