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Captured By Vision Insight 082 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 082: From the Apostle Paul's life we learn that a vision of your destiny guides many choices along the road to Rome.

The Apostle Paul had a long-term, life vision of his destiny that developed after his Damascus Road experience and his Macedonian call. He responded to God’s call to increase the expectations of his ministry, and knew his greatest impact would be if he could share the Good News in Rome.

He did not stop until he had fulfilled that vision. He allowed the expectations of his ministry to increase. He ministered to his full capacity. He sought to reach the full Kingdom potential God had given him.

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Captured By Vision Insight 081 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 081: Living into vision involves congregations increasing their expectations of members and regular attendees.

As congregations live into vision they often need more lay involvement. If a cultural of vision fulfillment is flourishing in a congregation then an incremental increase of expectations of members and regular attendees will produce an increase in lay involvement.

If a culture of vision fulfillment is not flourishing it will be more difficult to increase lay involvement. The congregation may have gone through the motions of visioning without becoming positively infected by it.

Some congregational leaders are giving in to a low expectation mentality. As I was writing this section I talked with a church staff person who had decided that engaging teenagers in a service business that brings new money into his congregation was the only way they would fund their vision.

It is difficult in some situations to understand if this is giving into a low expectation of congregational financial support, or moving forward to an innovative form of ministry that has multiple benefits. What are your thoughts?

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Ken Kessler Endorses Captured By Vision--George's Newest Book

Kessler-kenGeorge has captured enriching insights into finding and living into God’s vision for a congregation. Through his years of experience and his own intense listening to the voice of God in his journey, he provides practical ideas for pastors and church leaders to listen for the vision that God has given for their unique situation. Too often, we wait for one charismatic person to deliver God’s vision for us or see what another church is doing to fuel our vision. Captured By Vision challenges our perceived ideas about vision, and helps us recapture the New Testament pattern for vision development.

--Ken Kessler, Leader, Baptist General Association of Virginia Coaching Network, www.BGAV.org

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Captured By Vision Insight 080 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 080: Living into vision involves an intentional disciplemaking process that seeks to help people grow spiritually.

I do not know of any vision from God that does not also invite, urge, and pull disciples forward to a more mature and spiritually deep lifestyle. Disciplemaking, becoming a more fully devoted follower of Christ, goes along with vision and its fulfillment. It must be intentional. It must involve spiritual formation, leadership development, and missional engagement.

By being involved in a disciplemaking process, not only will existing Christian disciples grow in their discipleship, but they will be a natural lifestyle witness to people they encounter in life, and some of these people will be drawn to a meaningful life as Christian disciples. Call this evangelism if you like. Or, call this attraction rather than missional. Or, call it church growth. In any case, it is an authentic overflow of a life committed to being a follower of Jesus.

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Captured By Vision Insight 079 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 079: The sustainability of vision may be dependent on how well it is cast to and owned by newcomers in the congregation.

The ability of congregations to effectively cast their vision to newcomers may be the key factor in vision sustainability. Even with all the efforts and experiences to become captured by God’s empowering vision for the congregation, if newcomers cannot embrace and internalize the vision it may be a short-term fix rather than a long-term solution.

For newcomers to internalize the vision they must quickly develop their own stories about how the vision is making a key difference in their spiritual lives. They must engage as participants and leaders in vision fulfillment actions. They must develop within their first six months to a year the ability to cast the vision in their own words.

They must be able to refer to the vision as “our” understanding of God’s leadership, and not “their” understanding of God’s leadership.

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