excerpted from Will Mancini
How do you discover, develop and deliver the unique vision God has for you? How can you know you won’t die a carbon copy when God has made you an original?
#1. Uncaging vision begins with the vision of God. Finding your unique vision starts by worshiping and listening to the Chief Visionary. Remember no “better future” than you can imagine was not already imagined in the heart of God. He started with perfection in Eden, and he will end with perfection in New Jerusalem. But you have your part in the story in between—thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. When was the last time you prayed to God as the ultimate source of vision?
#2. Uncaging vision demands ruthless self-examination.One definition of genius is the ability to scrutinize the obvious. Most leaders are so close to their community both inside and outside of the church, they miss the contextual and cultural cues that are essential to guide the vision discovery process. The win is to answer the question, “What can our church do better than 10,000 others?” I call this your Kingdom Concept. How does your church specifically glorify God and make disciples? One key practice for self-examination is to invite a strategic outsider who can bring objectivity and honesty to the process.
#3. Uncaging vision requires robust team dialogue.
#4. Uncaging vision involves meticulous articulation.Words create worlds.
#5. Uncaging vision extracts significant time commitment.
In the end, if you are trying to lead with someone else’s vision, who is going to fulfill yours? The American dream does not apply to the church: Your church can’t be anything you want it to be. But it can be everything God wants it to be.
(read entire post HERE from Church Leaders)