Developing a Vision
“Where there is no vision the people perish” – Proverbs 29:18
Where is your children’s ministry going? Before you steer a boat, you may want to know what direction to go in. A thriving children’s ministry will have a destination- the vision statement.
Vision is a vital part of leading children’s department leaders and volunteers. Vision will bring purpose and unity to volunteers. Vision will define your children’s ministry and help you steer your ship affectively.
Your children’s ministry vision should line up with the vision of your church, but be unique to your department. If your church focus is community, you may want to include that as part of your vision statement. If you have a missions’ church or outreach church, you should incorporate it also.
To help you get started here are a few vision statements from other churches across the globe. These visions were written specifically for their church, but can help you get started in the right direction:
Another great idea to help you get started is brainstorming words that remind you of your children’s ministry such as fun, diverse, extraordinary, revolutionary, wild, revival, global, missions, go, big, power…
People you may want to include in your vision are kids, volunteers, parents, the community, and the world.
Once you know where you are going, what words describe your department best and know how you want to write your vision, than get started. Don’t hold back, but be bold in the vision you see for your ministry. Write the vision so that everyone, big and small, can understand and run with it (Mal 2:10)!