A vision template from Stuart Robinson

This is a template for formulating a ministry vision that Stuart Robinson gave me in 2001 that I have frequently lookd back on.

1. Passion – for the Lord - share own heart - if not with me on this one - need to talk or you need to walk

2. Passion – for the Lost - share own heart - if not with me on this one - need to talk or you need to walk

3. Prayer – Personal

4. Prayer – Corporate

5. Plan – Core Values ( the priorities and assumptions which describe the personality or character of a ministry. C.V’s are essential for clarifying direction). Examples of C.V.’s include;

• the priority of reaching the lost
• the priority of mutual ministry
• the priority of equipping believers for ministry
• the priority of fellowship with God and each other

Note: Structures such as house groups or cell groups are not to be thought of as core values. Rather, they are the/a vehicle by which we can live out our core values.

1. Plan – A clear statement of Mission – (the ‘why does this particular church exist’ question). Examples include;
• ‘we exist to know Christ and to make him known’
• ‘we exist to reach people and to teach them to follow Jesus’
• ‘we exist to engage with our community, to evangelise the lost and to equip and establish the saints’

1. Plan – A clear statement of Vision – (the ‘where are we going’ question or the ‘what shape ought our church take’ question). Examples include;

Where do we want to be in five years ?? lets dream ??
• ‘Our vision is for men, women, boys and girls to move from being ‘outsiders’ (Colossians 4:5) to ‘disciples’ (Matthew 28:19) within eighteen months.’
• ‘Our vision is to exercise pastoral care and outreach through a developing network of cell churches’
• ‘Our vision is to engage in gospel growth by multiplying congregations’
• ‘Our vision is to provide a safe place for emotional and spiritual healing’

Note: Vision is very much a function of leadership. A vision which is borne out of prayer, consultation and research will ‘resonate’ with those in the planning group and will be a unifying focus for the whole church.

Strengths/Weakness/Opportunities/Threats

1. Plan – A clear statement of ministry Objectives – ( the ‘what specific areas will we target in order to fulfil our mission and realize our vision’ question). Objectives are generally non-negotiable. (In setting objectives always ask, ‘can I assign a person to take responsibility for this area?’). Examples include;

Set clear objectives - in which we will principally invest - people/money/prayer
- non negotiable core ministries for the next two years
- contain all ministries under ten !
- work out a goal schedule

• To provide a Christ-centred ministry to children
• To provide a Christ-centred ministry to adults
• To provide a christ-centred ministry in stewarding resources
• To provide a christ-centred ministry in leadership development

LETS HAVE A LOOK AGAIN AT THE CORE VALUES - SO THE CORE VALUES WILL AGAIN SHAPE THE GOALS THAT FLOW OUT OF THE OBJECTIVES. THE CORE VALUES FORM A CHECK LIST AGAINST WHICH GOALS CAN BE SET FOR MEETING OBJECTIVES.

A REAL SENSE OF OWNERSHIP - BRAINSTORM FOR EVERY OBJECTIVE, TO WORK OUT THE GOALS. ASSIGN THE GOALS - HIGH ACCOUNTABILITY - SHARE THAT WITH THE WHOLE CHURCH.

1. Programmes – An Ideas Shedule. In order to set goals (which facilitate objectives), the planning group need to take the time to brain-storm, dream and record their ideas – no matter how ‘out there’ they may seem. Time ought then be spent in prayer. An ideas schedule is to be completed for each objective.

2. Programmes – Goals. Out of the Ideas Schedule a series of

• Specific
• Measurable
• Achievable
• Result-oriented and
• Time-dated goals are to be set.

Note: Unlike Objectives, Goals are flexible and mid-course corrections may be appropriate.

1. Programmes – Evaluation. Goals which are ‘S.M.A.R.T.’ can and must be regularly revised and evaluated. Quarterly and annual evaluations are oft-used time frames.

2. Programmes – Celebration. Often overlooked, celebration (of goals which have been met) are a wonderful way of encouraging the ‘body’ and bring honour to Christ. Context is also created. This means the church can look back to what God has done in their midst and then boldly step forward with new faith-filled goals.

Note; Programmes put flesh on our Plans which inflame our Passion and inform our Prayer.