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Captured By Vision Insight 048 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 048: When vision is of an excellent, challenging future, then it can positively impact the spirituality of the congregation.

Congregations with an excellent, challenging vision from God do not become more secular in their perspectives and patterns. They become more spiritual. They understand they are not a business. They are a spiritual community with the exceptional DNA of having become captured by God’s empowering vision.

They generally also experience an ever-deeper spirituality. This sets them apart from other organizations in a wonderful way. Part of their mission and vision is to make God’s entire world more loving and just. They care obviously and deeply about people everywhere.

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Captured By Vision Insight 047 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 047: When vision is of an excellent, challenging future, then the congregation is continually seeking God's presence and leadership.

One way to determine the rightness and goodness of congregational vision is when it becomes obvious a congregation is seeking God’s presence and leadership as the primary focus of their congregation. Excellent visions are about God’s spiritual strategic direction, and not the direction of humankind.

One way to ascertain that congregations do not have a vision of an excellent, challenging future is that they appear to accommodate the desires of strong personalities within their midst rather than focus on the obvious leadership of God. The vision of some congregations is co-opted by loud, strong, controlling voices.

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The Hidden Life of a Pastor Bursts Into Sight

Hiiden Life Pastor[Here is an article I wrote for ExPastors.com.]

Summer. Baseball. Two Friends. A great time. Until . . .

One summer day a district superintendent and a pastor met at a commuter train station to attend a major-league baseball game. They were not only colleagues in ministry, they were also good friends. Their families would get together socially from time-to-time. The district superintendent thought he knew his colleague and friend very well.

Each had taken a train into the city from opposite directions. They attended the game, walked back to the train station, boarded their respective trains to travel home, and parted ways. A great night. A great game. Nothing special.

The next morning the district superintendent was eating breakfast with his family. As was their practice they were listening to the morning news. One of the lead-ins teased: “Church pastor arrested for soliciting an undercover policeman for performance of a same sex act.”

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Captured By Vision Insight 046 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 046: When vision is of an excellent, challenging future, then more quality, depth, and quantity is a strong possibility.

Excellent, challenging visions—when acted on with positive intentionality that aligns everything congregations do to fulfill or live into their God-given vision—often result in greater quality, depth, and even quantitative growth.

Mediocre visions that do not empower congregations fail to achieve quality, depth, and an increased quantity of people who want to connect with a Christ-centered movement.

Too often congregational visions are about doing the same things in the same ways with the same leaders targeting the same people. This is not excellence. Congregational visions must involve doing new things in new ways with new leaders targeting new people.

The book of 101 insight--Captured By Vision--is now live on Amazon.com. Click HERE to see and purchase it.