Outlines what the organization wants to be, or how it wants the world in which it operates tobe (an "idealised" view of the world). It is a long-term view and concentrates on the future. Itcan be emotive and is a source of inspiration. For example, a charity working with the poormight have a vision statement which reads "A World without Poverty."
1. A vision is related to mission, but different.
I have already covered this characteristic in my previous post. A vision moves beyond thegeneric mission of the church to the specific calling a particular congregation is hearing fromGod.
2. A vision is unique.
In a previous post, I noted that mission is why we exist in the first place. A vision, on the
other hand, is a concrete description of „what God is calling us to do‟ in near future, normally
defined as the next 3-5 year. The shorter time period is essential because most of
congregations can‟t and shouldn‟t make detailed plans beyond that. The situation that we faceis too likely to change and we aren‟t
in a position to predict very well what those changesmight me. Nevertheless, a vision pictures where a particular congregation should beconcentrating its efforts in the near future.
3. A vision focuses on the future.
Any congregation that has any history at all needs to connect its future plans with what hashappened in the past. Without a clear expression of that connection, the vision may meet witha great deal of resistance.
At the same time, the focus of a vision is on God‟s preferred future for the
congregation. Itpictures what a congregation believes God wants its future to look like.