Vision: It’s Not A One Time Shot

Vision  is defined as the state of being able to see. Today I want to talk to you about vision in ministry or your organization. In this post we will examine why it is important to consistently cast and share vision within your ministry or organization. I will share some tips that have helped me in my personal ministry when it comes to casting and implementing vision.

Over the years of being in ministry I have learned that as a leader my job requires frequent casting vision and implementing vision. This can include several things. Some examples have been beginning a new ministry, starting a new teaching philosophy, presenting an outreach plan, etc. Over the years I have been successful and have failed when casting and implementing vision. So I often evaluate myself and also the programs I implement in the ministry I serve. One common factor I came to realize when it came to failing at getting individuals to catch vision have been lack of consistency. Success only came when vision was repeatedly and consistently shared to the people and key leaders of that particular ministry.

So let’s look at the word Consistency. Consistency – of a person, behavior, or process unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time. Wow, even the definition gives us a pointer. The definition states “Effect over a period of time” consistency only happens if the effect is over a period of time. When something is  only shared only once it really is only a thought that has been publicly shared. Consistency demands time and a plan but it also always individuals to see vision over and over until it sticks. In order for people to buy into vision they need to see consistency from the leader casting the vision.  So what does this look like ?

This past year I began a search for a different curriculum for our student ministry that took the small group approach. At the time we were using Student Life curriculum for Sunday morning small groups. Though we called that time small groups it functioned like a Sunday School format. On Wednesday’s I prepared each week and shared during our big group time. The dilemma I faced  was our students were receiving three different messages on three topics. When I asked students ” Tell me what God is teaching you” They looked at me with a confused stare. I picked up a book called Creating A Lead Small Culture. After reading it I caught a vision of the importance of the small group culture. The book also challenged my philosophy of ministry within in our student ministry.

After I caught a vision to create a small group culture within our ministry. So my next step was to make a plan and to share consistently and to  implement this new vision within our ministry. I began with ordering a copy of Creating A Small Group Culture for all of my small group leaders. We then read the book and discussed the sections over 8 weeks. It was awesome our small group leaders started seeing the truths and they eyes were opened. We also began with the orange curriculum which is designed for the small group in mind. We changed our format on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s to one message on Wednesday’s taught in big group and used Sunday’s small group time to discuss and go deeper. I have seen the lessons and truths we are teaching are sticking with our students.

I have also created opportunities to create consistent training and vision casting each week.

  1. Created a weekly small group leader meeting 45 mins before small group hour
  2. Created a weekly small group leader email that includes;small group material, inspiration, our vision and info

 

Vision Takes Consistency

So create opportunities that are consistent to help you share and keep vision if front of the people your leading. Consistency shows people you believe in the vision. If you’re not consistent in sharing vision don’t expect the people your leading to consistently implement the vision you shared. Believe me I have learned that. Like I said before I have had my share of failures when it comes to vision. Don’t fall to the victim of doing programs that you’re not sold on because if you’re not sold on them how can others stay invested in them.

 

Some Key Questions To Consider When Casting Vision 

  1. Have you caught the vision yourself ?
  2. Have you made out a plan to cast vision consistently ?
  3. Have you created consistent scheduled opportunities to train, equip and cast the vision ?

 

 

Originally posted 2015-09-02 10:00:30.