Saturday, December 06, 2008


I have been pondering what a good Vision looks like for a local church. I am starting with a look at some Vision Statements from large International Corporations. I was surprised to find that Vision Statements are much more specific than I originally imagined.

To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals.

Profit: Maximizing return to shareowners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.
People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.
Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.
Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.
Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

"GM’s vision is to be the world leader in transportation products and related services. We will earn our customers’ enthusiasm through continuous improvement driven by the integrity, teamwork, and innovation of GM people." 

"McDonald's vision is to be the world's best quick service restaurant experience. Being the best means providing outstanding quality, service, cleanliness, and value, so that we make every customer in every restaurant smile."

"Toyota's vision is to become the most successful and respected lift truck company in the U.S."

I thought maybe a Vision Statement I would imagine for Ojai United Methodist Church would look like: 
"We are going to provide the best experience of God's loving mercy to the Preschoolers of Ojai and their families. " 

I don't expect this would be the vision statement for the church, as many of the voices necessary to a full vision for the church are not present in it, but it gives me an idea for a jumping off point.

I feel this would encourage us toward the younger people we hope to attract, as well as focus us on one of the great assets of the church, Noah's Ark Preschool.



At December 07, 2008, Anonymous bob adams said...

Check out Will Mancini's book Church Unique - it is the best guide you will find on understanding and developing your church's vision. If you want more elaboration, check out my blog posts in early November.

At December 07, 2008, Blogger David said...

Thank you for the tip. I shall have to check it out.


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