Vision and Values: Key to Achieving Our Mission


An important part of our Strategic Planning session involved clarifying Inspire Christian Writers’ vision.

To determine our vision, we asked, “What is it we want to do through Inspire?” The answer to that question became Inspire’s Vision Statement:

“Equipping writers, inspired by God, to transform the world.”

Our Vision Statement complements our Mission Statement. Together they define who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Our Strategic Planning Team also identified five Core Values. We agreed that these values would guide our beliefs about how things should be done among Inspire Christian Writers.

Five Core Values:

Empowering Unity


Edifying Communication

Excellence in Craft

Eternal Impact

As we seek to fulfill our vision, we are sure to encounter challenges along the way. Events and attitudes may rise up against us, threatening to undermine our efforts and keep us from reaching our goals.

If we hold to these values and implement and protect them in all we do, they will help us overcome these challenges and achieve the vision and mission of Inspire.

We will explore our Core Values a little deeper this week, until then…

What is your Vision Statement for your writing ministry? Have you identified the core values that will guide you to achieving your vision? If so, I’d love to have you share them.

Inspire: Where Do We Go From Here?


Inspire Christian Writers started ten years ago around my dining room table. Today there are over 100 of us and we’ve outgrown our Northern California roots, with members in several states.

All this growth has been exciting, fun, and honestly, a bit overwhelming. When Inspire began, I never imagined it would grow beyond a small group of writers working together to improve our craft and pursue publication.

Last year, serious growing pains set in. I’ve been unable to keep up with the demands on my time as a leader.

I enlisted the help of Cheri Douglas, a consultant who facilitates change management and advises small businesses and government departments on team building and strategic planning.

Together with a group of dedicated Inspire members, we created a strategic plan to help us manage Inspire’s future. With this plan in place, we’ll be better equipped to accomplish our mission.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing that plan with you. For today, I’m unveiling our new and improved mission statement:


Inspire Christian Writers exists to provide a network of support, encouragement, education, and spiritual growth for Christian writers. Our writers minister biblical truths with excellence, clarity, and love, to transform lives and the publishing industry.

The next few blog posts will introduce the exciting things we’re putting into place to fulfill that mission.

Have you developed a mission statement for your personal writing ministry? If so, what key elements did you include?