The purpose of this series is to equip you, as a missionary, to walk into meetings with potential donors with confidence. There are some simple tools you can use to present your ministry with conviction to anyone that may be willing to join you as a financial partner.
The organization has a vision statement; why do you need one?
Can you quickly, easily, and with passion describe your ministry vision to someone in a simple sentence? There are missionaries with great passion, leadership, motivation, and skill that cannot describe their heart for their mission field in less than a 20 minute presentation. This is not okay.
What about that quick conversation after your worship service on Sunday? That sweet couple that had rowdy kids with a quick question could have been long time partners in your ministry, but they simply couldn’t listen to the entire explanation of all 8 points of your ministry goals. It’s time to bring it down to the bare bones!
You need to be able to tell someone your ministry vision in a phrase or a simple sentence. No, that won’t encompass all your passion or your typical daily living, but it will give potential partners confidence in what God has called this ministry to accomplish and your ability to fulfill what you are promising. Tom Ahern, a published author, defines a vision statement as, “[It's] not so much about what your [ministry] does. A [vision statement] is mostly about your promise, the promise you make to the world through your mission, your accomplishments and your plans.”
So, how do you create a personal vision statement?
If you don’t have a vision statement like this, you need to create one. How can you do that? The easiest way is to take a vision statement you like, and insert personalizing phrases. Look at the vision statement of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), “A caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ.” You can change that to be personal, “Creating a caring community at Vanderbilt University by connecting students to Jesus Christ.” There, a vision statement. This is not being lazy, but being willing to gain from someone who is smarter than you.
Another example is Frontiers USA. Their vision statement is, “Expanding the Kingdom, one city at a time.” Personalize that vision for you, “Expanding the Kingdom in Sri Lanka, one believer at a time.” You can take your own organization’s vision and make it your own so that your potential partners can understand your promise to change this world for God and buy into the vision quickly. Obviously, the statements you insert and the words you use need to be true of you, your ministry, and your objectives while on the mission field. Putting together any words that sound good will not create confidence in anyone, not even yourself.
Your vision statement can be a great opportunity for you to easily express to others what you and your ministry are all about. Give your current financial partners and your potential partners a promise to get behind, and you’re more likely to gain interest and endorsement for your ministry quickly and effectively.
Jodie Coher, Communication Specialist
With a passion for discipleship, it’s a true joy for my writing to be a small part of sending others to the mission field. I also enjoy interacting on social media and spending time with my small family in Missouri.