Sample Church Vision Statements

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So you’ve decided that you’re going to put together some Sample Church Vision Statements for your congregation, right? If you have a vision statement for your church, here are a few things you should know. First, these statements don’t have to be formal, and they can even be silly if you want them to be!

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A few years ago, I was one of the “new-school” evangelists who pushed back against the idea that you had to put out three or four statements for your church to accomplish anything. And I didn’t mean it to sound that way. I only said this because we were starting a new church, and we wanted to look different from what we had before. My congregation has always been a little scatterbrained, and our vision statement needed to be unique and special. But all that has changed since we started this new church.

So, let’s look at some of the problems with the “Three Statements” approach to Vision Statements. The first problem is that these “three statements” plan is kind of impossible to maintain. There is no concrete way of exactly when and where these things will be written down or posted on a wall, so we will never know exactly when we’ll need to have these statements up there, or when we’ll need to get them down.

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Second, as many churches do now, the “three statements” aren’t written in stone, so they can’t hold up to fire if they aren’t being displayed. When someone decides to burn down a church, they are going to want to know exactly which church Vision Statements were displayed so they can go around and take them down.

Third, if a member decides to challenge something in a Vision Statement, or decide to alter one, this person may take the church to court and force the church to change their vision statement. And this can be extremely expensive.

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Now, here’s what you need to do: Start building up a Statement Plan and stick to it. Take the time to write down every Vision Statement that you plan to write, and make sure it’s regularly. This is the first thing you’ll notice: It’s very hard to make an impact without having these Statements up there. So, start writing, and give them something tangible to work with.

So if you are ever going to allow yourself to go beyond the “Three Statements” plan, you need to have more than three statements! You also need to design a specific plan to help you stay on track, and create these documents regularly. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be able to keep these “Vision Statements” up there and be able to keep them healthy and current.

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