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Tips for Defining Your Vision

“Faithful is He who calls you, who also will do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Has the Lord laid on your heart a burden for a particular ministry, people or country?  Has He energized you with the difference He wants to make through you?  The vision He has given you of what the future will be like when your mission is accomplished is the key to keeping you in line with what God is doing.  It’s a critical compass for your entire ministry.
Farmers know that, to plow a straight furrow, you must focus on an object at the end of the field and not take your eyes off it.  Otherwise the furrow will be crooked and you will spend more time to get less benefit.  The same is true in ministry.  We must keep our focus on the vision God has given us or we will become distracted, frustrated, and less effective.  Let’s think about the ministry vision God has given you.  Remember we’re talking about “vision”, what you see, not what you do to make it happen.  Think in terms of a mental video clip or snapshot and ask the Lord to guide you.

The Present Scene

What is the need that God faced you with?  Can you describe the present reality of the people God burdened you to reach?

Who are they?
What are they doing?
What are they feeling?
What is their expectation?

The Future Scene

Imagine yourself at the end of your ministry or the end of your life.  You have obeyed God’s call and served Him faithfully.  He has accomplished the purpose for which He called you.  What is the scene (desired future) you envision as a result of your ministry?  Be creative and give as much detail as possible.  What is the desired future reality of the people God burdened you to reach?

Who are they?
What are they doing?
What are they feeling?
What is their expectation?

Now that you have brought your vision into much greater focus and definition, don’t put it in a drawer.  Keep your eyes on your vision.  Consider it frequently and tweak it as you get closer and can see it more clearly.  Your mission will be based on your vision; it’s what you will do to bring the vision to reality.  Your vision will guide your strategies and help you to say “no” to the things you shouldn’t be doing (activities that will drain time and energy away from the goal instead of bringing you closer to it).

Once you have a clearly focused Vision, you are ready to consider the direction you will take to get there (your Mission) and the details (strategies and goals).  Take a look at Developing a Personal Mission Statement for the next step.

 

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Developing a Personal Mission Statement

This document is designed to help you develop and refine your personal mission statement. Here are the introductory paragraphs. We invite you to download the PDF and follow the steps to help refine your understanding of what God is calling you to do.

Laurie Beth Jones, in her book, The Path, states that “having a clearly articulated mission statement gives one a template of purpose that can be used to initiate, evaluate, and refine all of one’s activities.”

Definitions:
“Mission” is defined as a specific task that a person or group is sent to perform. Having a personal mission statement helps you to focus on what God has called you to be and do.

“Vision” can be defined as looking into the future and visualizing the results that you anticipate happening as a result of your mission and the plan of action that is implemented. Developing a personal mission statement is the first step in identifying/clarifying what God has called you to do. This becomes the basis for formulating your ministry plan.

Romans 1:5, expresses in a few words the personal mission statement of the Apostle Paul. “Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.”

There are several simple steps that you need to take to develop your mission statement.

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How to Choose a Mission Agency

Choosing a mission agency is a crucial decision that will affect both the joy
and the effectiveness of your ministry for a long time. Prayer and communication
can help you make the right choice. There are many good Mission Agencies, but not
every one may be right for you. Finding the agency that best fits you and your
ministry takes some work, but it’s well worth it.

We hope this document will assist you in thinking clearly about what will make an agency fit your call.

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Faith Come By Hearing Widgets

Faith Comes By Hearing has created a whole series of widgets to help share the audio new testament in over 500 languages. These widgets can be placed on your own website. Visitors will then be able to select the language and passage to listen to, streamed directly to their computer.

Smaller widgets and banners also exist to fit whatever area of your site you may want to use for getting the audio new testament into people’s ears.

You can see all the options on their website.

Missionary Conference Themes

Have you ever wished you could create a Missions Conference theme that would capture people’s attention and help them remember the conference? Here’s a list of ideas to help you get started.
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Free Missions Books and Manuals

World Evangelical Alliance offers free missions books and manuals on various mission related topics. Some are relevant to local churches, others for missionary training and others assist mission agencies in evaluating internal operation. All the books will help you understand different areas of the process of cultivating, identifying, sending and supporting missionaries.