Session 2 is with Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Ga.
His topic is vision. He wrote a book called Visioneering that covers this. His definition of Vision: is a mental picture of what could be but its fueled by a passion that it should be. I like that definition quite a bit.
As leaders we need to communicate that vision, which we’re good at it, but we also need to tell them what it looks like when we do it. What is a win at our church?
How do we do this? 5 Ways:
1. State it simply. Spend time thinking through what you’re trying to do and then be able to say it quickly, clearly, and memorably. If vision is going to stick it has to be something that everyone in the church can get and tell others about. That way the church becomes the vision casters. Not just the lead pastor. This vision won’t be exhaustive, but catchy. We have the rest of our life to explain it. Their vision statement is “creating churches that love to create churches that unchurched people love to attend”. Let me ask you Crew.
—What is Crew’s mission statement? Don’t look! Put what you think or know it is in the comments. Is it quick, clear, and memorable? Honest now.
–Does Crew need to not change our mission, but come up with a better way to articulate it and cast it in a quick and memorable way? What do you recommend?
2. Say it compelling. Convince folks that the vision MUST be done. Define the problem. Explain the Solution. Explain Why and Why Now. If people don’t feel the problem they won’t give a rip about a solution.
3. Repeat it regularly. Look at the rhythm of your church. Christmas, Easter, Spring Break, Summer, School Starts. When does energy go up and go down. Do vision casting when the high times are. People aren’t thinking about Crew all of the time like me, so I need to be constantly reminding everyone.
4. Celebrate it consistently. Whenever someone fulfills or implements the vision, celebrate it. Give it Sunday morning time. Put it on the blog. Tell the story of the wins. Don’t miss them! This is great to me. Because I hear tons of great stories every week, but you don’t. I need do a lot better job of celebrating the win.
5. Embrace it personally and publicly. Model the vision and mission in your own life. If I promote small group, I need to be in one. If I want folks to build friendships with unbelievers and share the gospel with them, I need to do that. This shows that I have bought in.
Not bad, huh.