GET YOUR CHURCH PASSIONATE ABOUT the MISSION

GET YOUR CHURCH PASSIONATE ABOUT the MISSION
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WHY STRATEGY TRUMPS MISSION AND VISION

If you really want people on board with a vision, your strategy is critical.

In fact, strategy trumps mission and vision. A great mission and vision with a bad strategy will fail.

Stripping everything back to basics will reveal why. (And I’ll use the mission, vision and strategy of Connexus Church where I serve to illustrate it.)

Mission = what we’re called to do. (To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ)

Vision = why we’re called to do it. (To create a church unchurched people love to attend—this is why we started it!)

Strategy = how we’ll accomplish it. (The steps we’ve chosen to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus)

If you don’t clearly know how you’ll accomplish your mission, well…that’s the problem isn’t it?

 

WHY ANYTHING GOES…DOESN’T

Most leaders have people pleasing tendencies (I blogged about the problems with that here).

That means most of us have a hard time saying no when people ask to start a ministry or program.

The challenge with that of course, is that they often want to do things that they’re passionate about, not the things your organization or church was created to do.

So most church leaders end up with dozens or even hundreds of programs that run off in just as many directions and are sometimes only remotely related to the core purpose of the organization. Are programs like “Pets are People Too” or “Men Who Bike in Spandex Recovery Group” really central to the mission of the Church?

I’m not saying God doesn’t use them, but are those truly the best and most strategic ways to lead people into a growing relationship? They could easily be side projects people at your church engage in, rather than demand a line in the budget and organizational energy.

When you allow programs and ministries to spring up randomly, you get a misaligned organization that’s off mission.

And as anybody who has tried to shut down some of these random ministries knows, sometimes these programs can behave like fortresses. They very passionately defend their right to exist.

 

ENGAGEMENT IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO INVOLVEMENT

And that leads us to the main problem.

If you remember only ONE THING about this post, remember this:

What people become involved in becomes their mission.

Did you hear that?

Get someone involved in something and it becomes their mission. It becomes their cause. Their rallying cry. What they wake up thinking about.

People are most engaged with what they’re involved in. 

What people become involved in becomes their mission.

 

SO…ONLY DO THINGS THAT DIRECTLY ALIGN WITH YOUR MISSION AND VISION.

So how do you create a great strategy that fully supports your mission and vision?

Only do the things that directly align with your mission and vision. 

If you only offer a handful of things that directly fuel your mission and vision, people will become passionate about your mission and vision.  

So at Connexus, we only do a few things.

A weekend service that your unchurched friends will want to come back to.

Great family ministry environments for birth-college built around small group and large group time.

Starting Point—and environment for adults to begin exploring their role in God’s story.

Community Groups—strategic mid-week gatherings of 8-12 adults who gather for accountability, belonging and care (okay…and cake).

Partner with two or three local and global partners around issues of compassion and justice (foodbanks, missions etc).

When people ask what else we do…we tell them that’s it.

When they ask how they can be involved we tell them serve, give, invite a friend and be part a community group.

That’s it. That’s our strategy.

 

AND GUESS WHAT?

That doesn’t have to be your strategy, but here’s the transferrable principle:

When you have a simple strategy that supports your mission and vision, people get passionate about your mission and vision.

They have no choice but to be. Because it’s all you do, and when they get involved, they become engaged.

It’s easy to understand, but it does take guts to implement.

 

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Two questions:

How do you think strategy relates to mission and vision?

How will you simplify your strategy?

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6 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply May 13, 2019

    Troy Day

    Charles Page Link Hudson since yallve been in missions how does one raise awareness about that in a church ?

  • Ariel Gripal Antonio

    Wow very nice

  • Troy Day
    Reply May 14, 2019

    Troy Day

    how many years did you spend in missions Charles

    • Charles Page
      Reply May 14, 2019

      Charles Page

      Went to Turkey in 74 and Italy in 80 and Germany in 84 We worked with the MTTM

    • Troy Day
      Reply May 14, 2019

      Troy Day

      Charles Page not making fun cause this is a serious matter BUT you would have been in Turkey when first or 2nd 007 dealt with the Turkish agents there 🙂 How would you get a postmodern millenial church excited about missions today?

    • Charles Page
      Reply May 14, 2019

      Charles Page

      I would teach them to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send forth laborers. I would preach against modern missions, especially the “postmodern Waldropism missions”

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