When it comes to the conversation about vision, there is no shortage of content on the matter; especially within the Church. Bill Hybels, Founding Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church would say vision is “A picture of the future that produces passion in people.” Andy Stanley, Founding Pastor of North Point Community Church would say vision is “A mental picture of what could be fueled by a passion that it should be.”
If I were asked to define vision, I would say that @@vision is not a plan we dreamed up. It’s not a dream we have planned out. It’s a dream we are planning for!@@
There are many oppositions to the visions of our church. We need to be actively removing the barriers to vision achievement that are within our control. Here are 5 problems you may be having with your church’s vision.
1. It’s Too Small
If you can see it in the next five years, it’s not big enough to invite the masses into. Your vision should scare you and even scare away some others. It should leave you 100% dependent on the Spirit of God.
2. It’s Too Vague
If you can’t stand in a 30-second elevator ride and paint a vivid picture of the future, how likely are you to see it ever become a reality? @@Vision should leave you with a clear picture that taps into the emotional side of a leader.@@
3. It’s Too Immeasurable
If you can’t measure vision, how can you achieve vision? Portability too often trumps practicality when it comes to our vision. We care more that we remember a picture of the future over a plan for today.
4. It’s Too Blurred
If you can’t see how this year contributes to your vision, then how can the future remain clear? It would be like traveling from point A to point Z, but allowing points B-Y to be anywhere at anytime and expecting to see point Z in the end.
5. It’s Too Paralyzing
If you can’t activate at the starting line of your vision, how will you ever see the finish line? Vision tends to only be big, and therefore paralyzingly overwhelming.
So how do you craft a vision statement that resolves these issues?
You can't! Vision must vary in form and function. @@Vision must range from a lifetime to a season, from descriptive to prescriptive, from nearly impossible to measurable.@@
I want to introduce you to a tool I have developed called the Vision Spectrum, which will help any organization bring synergy between the way out there and the right in front of us.
If you would like to learn more about the Vision Spectrum for you and your church, please contact us HERE.