Visioning - A process in which our congregation can envision the future we and God wants for us, plan how we want to achieve it, and take steps to implement it. It involves using our imagination and dreaming big. It is an opportunity for a congregation to get to know each other, what we are passionate about, and how we, as a community of faith, can work together on a shared vision. It is a process that grows and develops us as individuals and leaders; which ultimately, grows us as a congregation.
Vision Statement – An overall image of what we and God wants us to become and how that will look at a designated point in the future. It is an inspirational expression in words and images using our greatest God-given potential. We will update our current Vision statement.
Vision Timeframe - A target year we will select as a goal for when our vision will be created. Could be between 10-50 years. Ie. CHA 2030.
Mission Statement –Answers the questions: Why are we here? What actions do we need to take to achieve our Vision? You are able to identify the type of organization we are when you read our Mission. We will update our current Mission statement.
Core Values - Our most deeply held shared ideals and beliefs against which our vision is measured. These beliefs serve as guiding principles for our internal conduct and for how we want to live, work, play, and worship with others. We will establish core values.
Sustainability –When we conduct a visioning process, we want to ensure that we meet the needs of our present members without compromising the needs of future generations.
Trends -Key external forces of change that are driving our community into the future. They help us to acknowledge resistance or obstacles that impacts implementing our vision.
Easy Wins - Vision-friendly activities or projects that are visible and can be organized and accomplished simply, inexpensively and quickly - ideally in less than one year.
Vision Strategic Action Plan –Our plan for how we intend to achieve our vision; step-by-step to include strategies, actions, and projects that involve lead implementation team and supporting partners.
Focus Areas –Central themes around which our vision strategies and actions are built upon. Examples: Stewardship, Grounds and Facilities, Community Outreach/Evangelism, Spiritual Life, Health and Growth of our Congregation, Communication, and Governance. Our current ministries and congregations’ input will guide us in describing our focus areas. We will create 5-6 focus areas.
Strategy – A major initiative designed to achieve a focus area under our overarching vision. In the visioning process, strategies are our community of faith’s vision ideas rephrased as a larger pathway to achieving those ideas.
Action – A specific project or activity intended to help implement a given strategy.
Constraints–Things that may impede, limit or challenge our capacity to implementing a strategy or action.
Opportunities -Things that may promote, are positive outcomes, or that bring value to implementing a strategy or action.
Lead Partners – Members of our Congregation who are willing to form a team to take a lead role to implement an action. Could also include other groups,individuals, organizations, and government agencies who are willing to take the lead to ensure completion.
Supporting Partners – Members of our Congregationwho are willing to form a team to take a supporting role to implement an action. Could include other groups, individuals, organizations, and government agencies who are instrumental to ensuring completion.