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Michael James Stone
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Do you have a clearly defined mission statement that spells out the organization’s vision? (210-5)
Written by Barry Werner on May 14th, 2012.
To truly have influence, a leader must be able to communicate vision and then translate that vision into action. Read John 4:27-35.
Jesus was traveling through a region known as Samaria on His way to Galilee in northern Israel. The people living in Samaria were hated by the Jews because of the way they had twisted God’s commands. Jesus was physically drained from the trip and sent His disciples to purchase some food while He rested near a well.
As the disciples were returning with the food they saw Jesus talking with a Samaritan woman, something no Jewish man would ever do. Jesus knew from His conversation with the woman how hungry the people were for spiritual truth and in verse 35 Jesus told His disciples, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
Jesus’ actions and words communicated a greater vision of His mission statement and His Father’s will to His disciples.
Most leaders have a vision for the area they lead but many leaders are ineffective in communicating that vision so their team can embrace and internalize it.
In my personal experience, I have found the mission statement (see John 3:16-18 for Jesus’ mission statement) to be the vehicle most commonly used to communicate and translate the vision.
The effective leader insures the strategic plan, the operations plan, and all the strategies are organized around the mission statement to clearly communicate vision.
Do you have a clearly defined mission statement that spells out the organization’s vision?
Are you using your mission statement as the foundation to communicate vision?
Does your team’s productivity and focus show that you are effective in communicating vision?
In John 4:35 Jesus’ word picture supported His mission statement and allowed Him to expand His disciples’ vision to include even the despised Samaritans.
The number of Christ Followers around the world today, 2,000 years later, is an indication of how effective He was in expanding their vision.
John 5:19-20 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.