7 “We concluded that the critical issue is not whether a company has the ‘right’ core ideology or a ‘likeable’ core ideology but rather whether it has a core ideology – likable or not – that gives guidance and inspiration to people inside that company.” (Collins & Porras: BUILT TO LAST p68)
8 “Well-being” for Australians Something to do Someone to love Something to look forward to
9 “Well-being” for Australians Something to do - Faith Someone to love - Love Something to look forward to – Hope Vision = Hope!
11 What is vision? How would you define vision? What do you think of these definitions? Which one is your favourite? Why? What aspects of these statements do you agree/disagree with?
12 The “VISION” Verse: Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision (Heb = khazon), the people perish (KJV) Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint (NIV) Where there is no vision, the people run wild (Modern Language) Where there is ignorance of God, the people run wild (Living Bible) Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint (RSV) Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint (ESV)
13 Vision defined: “Vision for ministry is a clear mental image of a preferred future, imparted by God to His chosen servants and is based on an accurate understanding of God, self and circumstances.” (George Barna: THE POWER OF VISION)
15 The Package: (Stevens & Morgan SIMPLY STRATEGIC STUFF) Our purposes: These communicate why every church exists Our mission statement: This communicate specifically why our church exists Our vision statement: This paints a picture of how our church will look in five years Our values: This states how we’ll live together as we accomplish our mission Our statement of faith: This communicates the doctrinal essentials that hold us together Our goals: These are written annually to focus our energy on certain areas
16 Vision defined: “Vision for ministry is a clear mental image of a preferred future, imparted by God to His chosen servants and is based on an accurate understanding of God, self and circumstances.” (George Barna: THE POWER OF VISION)
17 Component parts: 1.Clear mental image 2.Preferable change 3.A future focus 4.Imparted by God 5.A chosen leader
18 Capturing God’s Vision Know yourself Know your ministry environment Know God Know objective wisdom
20 Component Parts: Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom 1 and stature 2, and in favour with God 3 and men 4.” 1.Mentally 2.Physically 3.Spiritually 4.Relationally
21 Articulating personal vision Pray – for God to reveal Himself Think big! Consult – others, tests etc Develop – a 1 or 2 sentence statement Live – according to your vision Evaluate – life’s choices according to your vision
22 Some personal questions: 1.Things I really enjoy doing 2.What brings me happiness/joy? 3.Three things I’d do if I knew I couldn’t fail 4.Issues or causes I care deeply about 5.My most important values 6.Things I can do at the good-to-excellent level 7.What I’d like to stop doing or do as little as possible
24 “All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds Awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.” (Quoted in LEADERS, THE STRATEGIES FOR TAKING CHARGE, Bennis & Nunis)
25 Dreams are cheap but Vision comes at a price!
26 Principles Arises through prayer and has been bathed in prayer. Creates a sense of desire and builds commitment. Expresses God's challenge to the church. Brings the ideal (God’s) future into the present. Is an expression of faith, hope and love. Is in line with the church’s/group’s values.
27 Process... 1.We listen to God (discernment) 2.We listen to each other (workshop) 3.We listen to our ministry area (demographics) 4.We explore the “possibles” (lateral thinking) 5.We list the “probables” (strategic planning) 6.We clarify the vision (focus) 7.We acknowledge the challenges (testers) 8.We live by faith (intentional living)
28 The # 1 Question! Everything we do is about...
29 Sample vision statements “One church, one village, one generation” “A great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great commission will create a Great Church” “200 by 2000” “Committed to growing in Christ; committed to going for Christ” “Growing healthy churches” “More people, bowling more often, having more fun.”
30 The Test of Vision: Will the vision produce results of beneficial permanence? Will the vision move people towards goals that fulfil their real needs?
32 Video: “Casting a Courageous Vision” Were the component parts present? To what extent were you motivated? How much “risk” was in the vision? What other questions are you asking? List up to five points/lessons that impacted you Other comments?
33 Lessons learned from the Video 1.Clarity brings understanding to the vision 2.Connectedness brings past, present & future together 3.Purpose brings direction to the vision 4.Goals bring target to the vision 5.Honesty brings integrity to the vision
34 6.Stories bring relationships to the vision 7.Challenge brings stretching to the vision 8.Passion & conviction bring fuel to the vision 9.Re-positioning brings change to the vision 10.Urgency brings intensity to the vision 11.Modelling 12.Strategy brings process to the vision
36 Assessment Part A Write up a personal vision statement. Part B Develop a dot-point list of key insights gleaned from the set readings. Part C either/or Write out a process of developing a vision for your ministry group and document the beginning stages of its implementation OR Choose a vision for a group. Evaluate the process for forming the vision, its implementation and its effectiveness.
37 Bibliography Barna: LEADERS ON LEADERSHIP Barna THE POWER OF VISION Blackaby: SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP Leadership: COURSE READINGS (Various authors) Malphurs: DEVELOPING A VISION FOR MINISTRY Maxwell: DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN YOU Maxwell: QUALITIES OF A LEADER Shawchuck & Heuser LEADING THE CONGREGATION Stanley: VISIONEERING