Captured By Vision Insight 057 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 057: Many congregations fall back on their mission statement as their vision, rather than being embraced by a specific vision that includes disciplemaking.

Mission statements, which should express a generic overarching sense of the mission of God for congregations, can easily fail to move beyond nice words and feelings to become a specific call to action for prophetic contextual service. Mission statements are too general without a clear vision plus strategies and tactics that fulfill the vision. A clear call to action is essential.

One church had a mission statement and considered that enough. Their self-evaluation of their mission went something like this: “While we do not have a clear measurement of progress in fulfillment of our mission, with all the faithful actions and some successful programs we have experienced, surely we have moved forward as a congregation.” Evaluative comments like this can be made right up until the day the church closes and locks it doors for the last time.

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Captured By Vision Insight 056 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 056: Vision is more about increasing and deepening disciplemaking than it is about successful and growing programs.

Program fulfillment is an inadequate call to action. Programs are seldom if ever the pathway to fulfilling vision. Not in our world. Fulfilling vision is about discipleship development involving spiritual formation, leadership development, and missional engagement.

Vision fulfillment should lead with a focus on developing adult disciples and empowering discipleship in other age groups. Congregations need excellent programs, ministries, and activities for everyone from birth to death. Yet the goal of programs should not be their own success and growth.

The goal should be to deepen the spiritual formation, leadership development, and missional engagement of followers of Jesus Christ. Effective programs, ministries, and activities that meet the real needs of real people in real time are the methods and not the result.

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Captured By Vision Insight 055 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 055: Having a proactive, excellent call to disciplemaking action plus experiences that live into vision is as important as casting vision.

A vast difference exists between a vision that is stated and a vision that becomes real and alive through a call to action.

I had a very interesting dialogue with a pastor I was coaching about the difference between a vision stated and a vision realized. His congregation was struggling because of the success of a new contemporary worship service. They did many things right along the way. They had three worship services, each a different style with a different target group.

A challenge arose when the contemporary worship service outgrew its space and needed to swap places with the gospel service that focused on senior adults. While having distinct worship services meeting in various locations in the facilities had been a fine idea, when the contemporary worship service became the largest of the three and attendees made the highest per capita financial contributions to the church, that was more than long-tenured, older members could stand.

Conflict arose. The pastor prayerfully struggled with what to do. He came up with a vision of one unified worship service to replace the three. The sanctuary could hold everyone. He was anxious about sharing it with his congregation. In our ongoing dialogue, I realized I needed to ask him, “Do you have to have this vision, or do you have to faithfully state it because you feel God has given it to you?”

He said he had to faithfully state it. Which he did. That was not what the congregation ended up doing. But it led to a solution.

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Captured By Vision Insight 054 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 054: When vision is of a mediocre, business-as-usual future, it can negatively impact the spirituality of the congregation.

If the vision of a congregation is mediocre, characterized by business as usual, then expectation of spiritual maturity among members is likely low. Cutting edge innovation in the spiritual formation, leadership development, and missional engagement of congregations is not required amidst low expectations.

If vision is of an excellent future, characterized by an exceptional congregational journey, then expectations of spiritual maturity among congregational participants will be high. Leading edge innovation in spiritual formation, leadership development, and missional engagement is most likely present in high expectation congregations.

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