Developing The Core Mission & Vision

The most important thing to develop in a church is the mission and vision.  This is the piece that will drive every area of your church.  It will be the thing that all decisions are made around.  A strong mission and vision should be simple, memorable, and outward focused.  A strong mission and vision is one that rallies people around living out the great commission in your unique context.  It should be something that shares your heart for the lost in the community.  Churches that connect the disconnected have strong mission and vision that rallies the church and keeps people focused on the most important thing, sharing the gospel with community God has placed them in.  What follows is a series of resources to grow in how to develop an effective mission and vision for the church plant.


Read through these resources to grow in your understanding of building a compelling mission and vision.

  • Church Unique - Will Mancini

    Written by church consultant Will Mancini expert on a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values, thoughts, attitudes, and actions and shows how church leaders can unlock their church's individual DNA and unleash their congregation's one-of-a-kind potential.

  • Simple Church - Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger

    The simple revolution is here. From the iPod design to Google’s uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world. Multi-awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. Based on case studies of 400 American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple-making process is often too complex. Simple churches thrive by taking four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus.

  • The Art of the Start - Guy Kawisaki

    Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, small-business owner, entrepreneur, or not-for-profit leader, there's no shortage of advice on topics such as innovating, recruiting, fund raising, and branding. In fact, there are so many books, articles, websites, blogs, webinars, and conferences that many startups get paralyzed, or they focus on the wrong priorities and go broke before they succeed. 

    The Art of the Start 2.0 solves that problem by distilling Guy Kawasaki's decades of experience as one of the most hardworking and irreverent strategists in the business world. Guy has totally overhauled this iconic, essential guide for anyone starting anything.  It’s 64 percent longer than version 1.0 and features his latest insights and practical advice about social media, crowdfunding, cloud computing, and many other topics.