Leadership and vision

For this week’s leadership post, I submit the following from Anne Jackson and her forthcoming book, Mad Church Disease. Really good stuff:

When someone invests into the unique call that God has placed on your church, there’s no stopping them. They’re inspired by what the future holds.

It’s vital to the health of whatever team you are leading to clearly and consistently communicate that calling with your team. God has placed you there for a reason, and he’s placed them under your care because he wants all of you to carry out this calling together.

Proverbs 29:18 says this,

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (KJV)

Many times, the word “vision” in this verse has been misinterpreted to mean “goals” or “plans.”

The word “vision” in this verse actually means “divine guidance” or “revelation.”

And without divine guidance, people will perish. As important as it may be to be on the same page with your goals and your plans, without relying on God for wisdom and guidance that only he can provide, your environment will fall apart.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary says, “How bare does a place look without Bibles and ministers! And what an easy prey is it to the enemy of souls! That gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation: and these are precious truths to keep the soul alive, and prevent it from perishing.”

Without true divine guidance, we scatter. Our unity is broken.

I have come to a place in my life where I want to have to attach my name and energies to something with a clear vision… a vision that everyone in the organization can recite clearly and persue daily with passion. I simply believe that our time to be effective at reaching people with the Gospel is too short.

3 comments on “Leadership and vision

  1. thanks for the link and the encouraging words! our time is too short…it’s exciting to see what God can do in it!

  2. YES! A vision caster is necessary if you want to accomplish His goals. Otherwise, they are self serving.

    I also find when I’m doing something because He has asked me to, I don’t burn out as easily.

    Great post. Hope it’s included in the book!

  3. Vision is important. Thankfully, I know we are being led by a very clear vision and God’s provision is showing through at ever turn, especially in the tough times. I will be praying for you as you continue on in your ministry and where God leads you

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