: Do you really know your vision? Most churches have a mission or vision statement, but are stuck in a trap of generic communication. Just like a visionary restaurant needs a more specific focus than "serving food," a...
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Do you really know your vision?
Most churches have a mission or vision statement, but are stuck in a trap of generic communication. Just like a visionary restaurant needs a more specific focus than "serving food," a visionary church needs something more than biblical generalizations like "loving God, loving people" or "making disciples and serving the world."
When a pastor doesn't move beyond this broad sense of where the church is going, momentum is hard to achieve and sustain. The vision statement lacks meaning and people don't feel empowered to support it. Planning becomes fruitless and the church continues with an "all things to all people" approach.
In this groundbreaking work, based on 15 years and over 10,000 hours of church team facilitation, Will Mancini reveals the 12 basic templates for any church vision. By exploring these 12 kinds with biblical backgrounds and real-time church illustrations, your team will experience break-through clarity that makes focus more achievable. Progress doesn't have to be difficult.
This increased clarity will significantly advance a church leader's inner confidence and outer credibility. It can pull your team together and bring unprecedented enthusiasm to your people.
You are more of a visionary than you realize. Isn't it time to really articulate your vision?
Will Mancini, a former pastor, is the founder of Auxano, a national consulting group that works with traditional and emerging churches and ministries of all types around the country. Their mission is to navigate leaders through growth challenges with vision clarity (auxano.com). ýAbout Leadership Network The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network at www.leadnet.org.
Warren Bird (Ph.D., Fordham University) has collaboratively authored nineteen books (including two 100,000 bestsellers, one Gold Medallion winner, and one runner up for the Gold Medallion), served as associate pastor for eleven years and senior pastor for four years, taught as regularly contributing faculty at Alliance Theological Seminary for twelve years, and served on the senior leadership team of three organizations that provide training to pastors - Charles E. Fuller Institute, Canadian Centre for Leadership Development, and the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership.