10 steps to building and using a vision statement

Do you ever feel that as a team you’re not always exactly on the same page? Do you sometimes feel that your motivation is lacking and you forget why you’re doing what you’re doing in your English classes? Do you or your team have a habit of getting distracted and wonder if you’re ‘on track’? If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, the chances are that a vision statement could help.

 

10 steps to building and using a vision statement

 

  1. Dream big! Think about God’s plan for his world and how your classes fit into that.
  2. Think at least five years into the future. At that time, in an ideal world, what are people saying about your English classes? Or, put another way, what are you thanking God for?
  3. Get your team of teachers and volunteers together and ask them the above questions. Work together. The process may be just as helpful to the team as the resulting vision statement. Involve the church leadership too if possible.  
  4. Make it memorable. If you can’t easily repeat it, it may be too long or wordy.
  5. Ask yourself: is this specific enough or could this be used for any number of organisations?
  6. Make it visible! How will you use it? Perhaps have it printed at the top of all agendas?
  7. When new members join your team, you may want to talk through the vision statement with them.  
  8. Pray along the lines of your vision statement regularly.
  9. At the beginning of each year or term, use the vision statement as a starting point when making plans and at the end of the year, use it as a basis for review.
  10. Expect God to do great things as you go forward!