Eddie Hammett Endorses Captured by Vision -- George's Newest Book

Eddie HammettGeorge has given the church of today and tomorrow a real gift as he shares his wisdom gained through his decades of consulting with churches. The bite-sized approach to sharing heavy truths is masterfully crafted to provide pastors and lay leaders points for prayer, reflection and action. Captured By Vision is truly a treasure of truths that inspire, encourage and guide!

--Edward “Eddie” Hammett, www.TransformingSolutions.org

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Captured By Vision Insight 096 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 096: In general, the longer people are connected with a congregation, the more difficult it is to see a new vision.

The routine patterns and habits within the fellowship of a congregation blind people to new vision. In older churches, there is a group of people I call 60-40-20 people. They are at least 60 years old, have been in church at least 40 years, and have been attending your church at least 20 years. This is a cohort for whom it is almost impossible to see new vision.

They are also overly churched culture people. They have difficulty being led to see new vision by people of a short tenure. They cannot speak the language of the unchurched culture. They can only speak the language of the churched culture.

They know the language of Zion and the secret handshake, and do not understand why non-churched people might think that hymns with the word “blood” in them are talking about some form of cannibalism, vampires, or perhaps zombies.

They still understand highway signs that suggest people are going to hell without Jesus. They do not realize the next generation of pre-Christians do not understand the signs, and if they did, they would be driven away rather than attracted.

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Captured By Vision Insight 095 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 095: When vision wanes in congregations they can become angry at God for forsaking them, when they may actually have forsaken God.

Congregational vision does not move forward on auto-pilot. Congregational participants must believe in the vision sufficiently to be part of God’s empowering force. When vision wanes within a congregation, then it is not being cast assertively, movement toward its fulfillment is not a high enough priority within the congregation, or the congregation has become distracted and lost its focus. Vision killers love to distract their congregation.

God does not forsake God’s empowering vision for a congregation. Congregations forsake God’s empowering vision. Anger is never a great response. Perhaps as close as a congregation ought to come to anger would be the concept known as “righteous indignation.”

During the second and following generations of a congregation, when vision wanes in less than seven years, congregations need to recalibrate and move forward. When vision wanes at or after seven years, it may be time to go through a season of renewing vision. If a congregation does not renew vision within ten years since its last vision was cast, it is likely to become aging, declining, and perhaps even dysfunctional.

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Capture By Vision Insight 094 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 094: Vision which is not fulfilled in new and innovative ways each year will become stale and lose its cutting edge.

As empowering as it is to be captured by God’s vision, that vision does not come with a playbook for living into it. New and innovative methods for living into the vision still must be crafted annually. Recruit the most passionate and creative people in your congregation, who are committed to continual innovation, to help navigate the way forward.

There still will be resistance to change. This will come particularly from people who cannot see or accept new methodologies. No one ever told them they would have to change.

They also may never have affirmed the congregational vision and its future story of ministry. So, they feel no ownership. They kill vision. They feel justified in resisting change to old ways they find acceptance and comfort.

When congregational vision becomes stale, that does not always mean vision is gone. It may only mean ownership and excitement surrounding vision has drifted away. It may be possible to reactivate this ownership and refocus the vision.

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Captured By Vision Insight 093 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 093: Vision does not call for the rejection of heritage. It sees heritage as a foundation, a centering, and a mooring.

Heritage provides a foundation. For example, the substance of worship, such as who congregations worship and why, never changes. We always worship the Triune God. That is not open for negotiation. Congregations are not planning to worship a popular entertainer, actor, politician, or other persons of notoriety.

I did once visit a church on the west coast of the United States that had persons of notoriety painted on the ceiling and they danced around in a circle celebrating these people. Let’s not go there today.

Our theology, which is our substance, gives us a centering and mooring about our long-term commitments as a congregation. It is when this centering changes that congregations and denominations split, or separate into multiple parts, and vision becomes confused.

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