Are you hiding behind excuses or leading out front with vision?
Often as leaders, we are quick with the reasons we “can’t do something” and slow to develop the resonate calling as to why we “couldn’t do anything else.” It becomes all too easy to succumb to what would not work rather than submit to what would, by God’s direction and provision.
So, what if your most pressing issue really just comes down to vision?
An insurmountable lack of volunteers is really a lack of inspirational clarity.
A team of overwhelmed staff members is really in an underwhelming ability to prioritize what really matters.
Too few parking spaces is really too little passion to call people to park sacrificially.
An inadequate children’s environment is really barely-adequate family engagement.
That missing marketing hook is really an underdeveloped discipleship culture.
A less-than-creative arts team is really a more-than-comfortable Sunday status quo.
Your restless conference attendance schedule is really a tiring search for yet another new idea.
Governance that does not work is really generality at work in managerial leadership.
A lessening impact in student ministry is really an increasing gap in reaching the culture for Christ.
Leaders asking for yet another static strategic plan is really a call for dynamic clarity toward what’s next.
Whatever problem we are facing right now as church leaders, the solution comes back to vision. Vision not as a highly tuned statement, but a finely curated state of mind. It is not about trying to be one of “those” visionary leaders, but about leading as a steward of the calling of God on your church.
A vision state of mind looks for consistent opportunities to make vision contagious.
Here are 5 ways future-fueled pastors curate a contagious church vision. They remember that…
… Clear vision is knowable, so they keep it simple.
… Concise vision is repeatable, so they invest in articulation.
… Contextual vision is undeniable, so they ensure it’s authentic.
… Compelling vision is actionable, so they prepare for movement.
… Catalytic vision is unstoppable, so they seek the Spirit’s leadership.
How would a greater focus on what could be, and a lesser focus on what was, bring life – and a way forward – to your most pressing issue this week?