The Power of Vision
In The Power of Vision, George Barna invites church leaders to discover the power of God's vision for ministry. Readers will learn: how God has shared His vision throughout history, how vision is different than mission, common practices and beliefs...
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In The Power of Vision, George Barna invites church leaders to discover the power of God's vision for ministry. Readers will learn: how God has shared His vision throughout history, how vision is different than mission, common practices and beliefs that inhibit true vision, practical steps toward practicing God's unique vision for them and ways to share and promote congregational ownership of the vision. Barna's word to all Christian leaders: Uncovering God's vision for your ministry is not an option. As Barna clearly states, "To minister authentically and authoritatively, you must first clarify your vision, then embrace it and make it the focus of your life's work and the heartbeat of your church." Vision is the insight God provides to instruct and direct our paths, a reflection of what God wants to accomplish through us in building His kingdom. With this clear picture, from Him, of where you are headed, your chances of a successful journey are increased a thousandfold.
In this new edition of a modern classic, George Barna defines vision as the "clear mental image of a preferable future imparted by God to His chosen servants based upon an accurate understanding of God, self and circumstances." The writer of Proverbs adds that without this clear image of the future, people suffer-wandering in circles and in desperate need of a Godappointed leader to point the way forward. But how exactly do leaders catch the clear vision of Godrs"s future? In The Power of Vision, Barna offers practical, proven tools for capturing, casting and implementing Godrs"s vision for your ministry. Pointing to the examples of visionaries both ancient and modern, he uncovers patterns and principles that will help you understand, communicate and accomplish the unique vision God has in store for your life and church. In the process, you will gain insight into your own giftedness and motivations, get perspective on your ministryrs"s history and condition, and draw closer to the God who has chosen you to catch His vision.
George Barna received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University, worked in the Massachusetts state legislature and as a pollster and a campaign manager. George and his wife, Nancy, founded the Barna Research Group in 1984. In 2004, he re-engineered the for-profit corporation into The Barna Group, of which he is the Directing Leader. The firm analyzes American culture and creates resources and experiences designed to facilitate moral and spiritual transformation.Located in Ventura, California, The Barna Group provides primary research (through its Barna Research Group division); musical, visual and digital media (through BarnaFilms); printed resources (BarnaBooks); spiritual and leadership development for young people (The Josiah Corps); and church enhancement (Transformational Church Network).
To date, Barna has written 39 books, including best sellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, and The Power of Vision. His most recent books include Revolutionary Parenting and Pagan Christianity?
The Barna Research division has served several hundred parachurch ministries and thousands of Christian churches throughout the country. It has conducted research for numerous parachurch organizations, such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; World Vision; American Bible Society; Campus Crusade for Christ; Thomas Nelson Publishers; Zondervan; and Tyndale House Publishers.