Vision and Mission Summary From leadership retreat
MISSION : What are we doing?
VALUES : Why are we doing it?
STRATEGY : How are we doing it?
MEASURES : When are we successful?
VISION : Where is God taking us?
Mission statement of Open Table Community (draft):
God has called Open Table Community Church to love God passionately, share life intentionally, and together love our neighbors.
God has called Open Table Community church to love God ______, share life _______, and ______ love our neighbors.
Non-negotiables or core values
How do we live out our core values?
We want to create a bridge between what we do inside the walls to what we do outside the walls with our strategic ministry partners
In-house ministries: Women at the table, small groups, Girls Bible Study, Neighborhood events
Strategic ministry partners*
We want to surround ourselves and invest in our parachurch ministries, such as Communicyle, Refugee Arts, Thrift store, and ESL classes, and form a strategic partnership in line with our vision
Increase participation in small group ministries to 75%
Small groups involved with ministry activities as a community
Continue to critically evaluate the weekly service, with intent to improve
Teach specifically on multi-ethnicity, and look for multi-ethnic interaction occur outside our walls
Develop metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of outreach, to be reviewed bi-annually
Ensure that the members of the body can articulate the Gospel
It’s time to trade in our vision statements for a visionary state of mind by practicing two essentials. First, we need to grasp that clarity isn’t everything, but it changes everything. Too many times, church leaders are making decisions and having conversations without the vantage point of clarity first….All activity is not progress. In churches today, it’s all too easy to be busy without intention or direction. Second, we need to state our vision framework before we frame our vision statement.
Vision transfers through people not paper: We must bring vision to life.