Vision Planning

What is it?
Why do it?
What does it involve?

A call to think and pray about God’s future for Christ Community Church of Ames

What is “Vision Proper”?

  • This refers to the living language that anticipates and illustrates God’s better intermediate and long-term future for a church Body. 
  • With trust in God for direction along the way, the Vision Proper process seeks to answer the question, “Lord, where are you taking us (as a church)?”
  • This process challenges us to prayerfully consider and describe (as best we can) the long-term (5-10+ yrs), intermediate-term (3-5 yrs), and short-term (1-3 yrs) opportunities to fulfill our mission – Connecting people to life-defining relationships in Christ.
  • We are familiar with ten-year planning processes (e.g., Vision 2010) and with three-year plan processes (e.g., Strategic Ministry Plans). This process will be similar, but this plan cycle will be rooted in our Vision Frame.

Why do “Vision Proper"?

  • This provides an opportunity to step back, pray, and agree together about a mission-aligned future. Clarity about God’s future can generate unity, excitement, and momentum in moving us toward greater fruitfulness over the next 10+ years.
  • From past experience, we know that God has opportunities for us that cannot be accomplished in a single year. Some of these have taken three to five years or longer to complete. This process challenges us to think and pray in a longer planning window.
  • Vision Proper definition informs ongoing ministry plans (e.g., program, budget, and staffing) to insure resource decisions are aligned with long-term mission outcomes.
  • Now that our mission, values, strategy, and measures (Vision Frame) are known, it is easier to imagine what our tomorrow may look like. The Vision Proper process is an extension – next step – of the Vision Frame execution we have already begun.

What does the “Vision Proper” process involve?

One aspect of the Vision Proper process involves commitment by a team to meet for six on-site coaching sessions this Spring. This process will be facilitated by Clint Grider (Auxano Church Consulting). Clint has lived in Iowa. He is familiar with Ames, Iowa State, and our local culture. You may recall that Clint has previously assisted our Body with...

  • The church name change process
  • Mission & Vision Frame definition
  • Our Unleashed 320 Prayer / Giving challenge

We thank God for Clint’s shared commitment to grow life-defining relationships in Christ. We believe building on this relationship will encourage Vision Proper continuity and momentum.

As with past planning processes, our board, consultant, and leadership staff contributed to identifying a “Task Team” to serve this Body in Vision Proper development. Let’s thank God for these team members!

Please pray for them as they adjust their usual routines to make time for this planning! They will meet together six times this spring. (schedule below, subject to change)

Vision Proper Task Team
  • Kyle Bartholic
  • Scott Beckwith
  • Jeremy Bents
  • Matt Cooper
  • Christy Deal
  • Terry DeZonia
  • Casey Faber
  • Sindy Friedrich
  • Karen Heiligenthal
  • Mark Henderson
  • Deb Johnson
  • Aaron Rosheim
  • David Staff
  • Wayne Stewart
  • Brent Thomas
Task Team Meeting Schedule

Tues, March 28th (10:00am - 3:00pm)

Mon, Apr. 10th (2:30pm - 7:30pm)

Wed, Apr. 19th (8:30am - 1:30pm) 

Sun, Apr. 30th (3:00pm - 8:00pm) 

Mon, May 22nd (2:30pm - 7:30pm)

Tues, June 6th (2:30pm - 7:30pm)

Congregational Input

Another aspect of the Vision Proper process involves our board and this team engaging our church Body with quality communication throughout this process. Our church family will be invited to give their input along the way.     

We held a church-wide (“wet cement”) feedback session on Sunday, April 30th, which encouraged engagement on key Vision Proper issues and questions.

During this process, reports will be made available so church family members can follow team progress. Finally, any final draft of a Vision Proper proposal must be approved by a vote of church membership.

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