Captured By Vision Insight 098 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 098: Myopia prohibits many long-tenured congregational members from seeing the long-term benefits of new vision.

Many longer-tenured members are nearsighted. They are myopic. Part of this may be their age. They are thinking in shorter life stages. They’re not sure they should buy green bananas.

Just as they want to conserve principal and not take risks with their retirement funds, they are not open to a bold new vision for their congregation. They would prefer to preserve the accomplishments of their congregation, pay off any existing debt and certainly not take on any new risks.

I have tried many ways to unfreeze these people in congregations. The most successful question I have asked that gets them to reframe their position is, “What would you be willing to change to make this the kind of congregation your grandchildren would want to attend?”

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Captured By Vision Insight 097 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 097: Killers of a new vision in a congregation are the people who will not let go of the old vision that has waned.

Long-tenured members who will not let go of a waning vision worship what was. They add heritage as the fourth person of the Trinity.

As Lyle Schaller said, “You can tell the old-timers from the newcomers at the church fellowship. The old-timers sit around the campfire telling lies about the past, and the newcomers do not understand the stories.” The old-timers are stuck on their image of the congregation of the past. The newcomers are looking for a fresh approach to faith and spiritual significance.

I am one of those older adults who likes traditional worship with some liturgical highlights. At the same time, I want my congregation to employ styles of worship that connect with younger generations. Can I have both? If so, I can give permission for a vision that grasps an emerging future, even as I reluctantly release the old vision that is waning.

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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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