Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Vision Statements, continued

I believe a vision statement should reflect mainly on what "could and should be," not things we should do to get there. A mission statement, which I'll address in future messages, should say, "This is what I/we will do to achieve what we would like to become--our vision."

Here are a couple of vision statements from organizations I respect, followed by our family's vision statement. Please understand that my overall support of these institutions does not necessarily mean I support everything about them:

From Focus on the Family Institute (page 5):

Focus on the Family Institute envisions leaders championing and living the truth of God
revealed in Christ through multiple spheres of influence for restoring the family, reviving
the church and transforming society.

From Future Achievement International:

Future Achievement's vision is to transform cultures, institutions and companies worldwide for future generations by impacting and changing at a time! As a result we see healthier organizations, families and individuals.

From Stand to Reason:

Our vision is to provide the training to build a new generation of confident, courageous, yet winsome and attractive ambassadors for Christ capable of restoring credibility to the Christian world view.

And now, our family's. Actually, I haven't worded an overall vision statement. This is a series of visions for each area of our lives, but you can pretty much deduce the overall vision from what follows:

"We pray and claim the following vision for our family:

We adore and shine forth Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and intimate friend, eagerly and joyfully serving Him with all our being at all times as honorable ambassadors of His heavenly kingdom.

We enjoy physical health and vibrancy, emotional peace and depth, and excellent knowledge focused wisely on what best helps us be who and what God desires.

Kim and Jeff love each other with the passion of newlyweds but with a depth and commitment beyond our years, and our children are truly secure and happy.

Our extended families know deep down that we love and care for them, and our Christian witness is clearly evident and appealing so they are drawn to the Lord.

We enjoy deep and loving friendships while always being eager and increasingly able to start and develop new ones, and we love everybody unconditionally.

We truly know we are stewards and not owners of our finances and goods, honoring God with all we possess and desiring nothing that hinders our souls or our witness, and taking good care of what we do have.

We enjoy and are fulfilled in our careers and education, working as unto the Lord and having an obviously godly impact on those around us."

Admittedly, this needs work. But it's a start.

I was quite disturbed that several organizations I researched on the web had no vision statements published, or at least I couldn't find them. I would think that it would be on their first page.

I wonder if they are incorporating their visions into their mission or purpose statements ("mission" and "purpose" may be synonymous in certain cases), because it seems that some of them have statements that say, "We plan to that...will result." What are your thoughts on this?


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