Captured By Vision Insight 076 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 076: During a visionary journey God at times changes our plans and heads us to a new Macedonia as told in Acts 16:9-10.

It is possible your understanding of the vision and its fulfillment can change. This can happen in at least two ways.

First, the congregation may have misunderstood the long-term implications of the vision. They may get off track from God’s empowering vision, and must adjust the vision to stay focused on God’s leadership.

Second, it is also possible within God’s circumstantial will that changes in the situation of the congregation, the context of the congregation, and the spiritual maturity of the congregation may call for a new or refocused vision.

It is important that every seven years, or whenever there is a significant interruption in vision fulfillment, that congregations engage in a revisioning process to be sure they are on the right vision fulfillment journey, and to help newer people connected with the congregation own the vision more deeply.

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Captured By Vision Insight 075 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 075: Vision not used to evaluate the goodness and rightness of congregational decisions will not remain the vision for long.

Around the time of these every 120-day celebrations the journey of vision fulfillment should also be evaluated. As stories are shared, what is the evidence of the goodness and rightness of congregational decisions and actions? How is the congregation doing at aligning decisions and actions around the vision? Are any course corrections needed?

Regular evaluation of decisions and actions is essential, as well as adjusting the trajectory of the congregation’s journey to keep it focused on vision fulfillment. Without doing so the vision can take a negative detour.

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Captured By Vision Insight 074 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 074: Living into vision requires regular spiritual celebration of the fulfillment of the future story of ministry for the congregation.

Vision must be continually cast. Vision should also be celebrated in some public way at least every 120 days. These celebrations should be spiritual in nature and should involve telling the stories of people who have been impacted by the journey towards vision fulfillment. They must also be characterized by a fellowship gathering that celebrates the congregation as community.

Regular spiritual celebrations should include worship of the Triune God, and a spirit of thankfulness for what God is doing in and through the congregation. Remember that vision fulfillment is not an organizational journey of humankind. It is a spiritual journey by a living, breathing, moving, ever-changing Christ-centered and faith-based organism.

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Captured By Vision Insight 073 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 073: Vision should be the main framework and focus of a congregation's actions and not just part of the puzzle.

Vision is not that last piece to complete a 1,000-piece puzzle. It is not the piece that fell on the floor and was kicked under the sofa. It is the cornerstone piece placed first, and around which the framing is built and the puzzle is completed.

Vision is the cornerstone for bringing together the amazing puzzle of a congregation composed of people with varying gifts, skills, and preferences. It’s not just one of the things you are possessed by, but the essential characteristic of a congregation living with excitement into the journey God inspired in it.

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