“Without vision, the people perish”
Transformation involves a leader who is engaged in personal, inner (heart and emotions) and outside (behaviors) spiritual change. It has been said over and over again, “you cannot lead a person farther than you have gone yourself”. And, it doesn’t end there!
Transformational change is multi-dimensional! It occurs on different levels! It involves the spiritual – with the leadership of the church or team! And, then it flows to vision! Transformation is not linear yet it always involves the spiritual. The spiritual connects one with Jesus and results in divine energy.
A second level of transformation, once connected and energy is flowing, is vision and ministry focus! What is God calling us and our church to do? What is it that breaks our heart in our community?
For years the church has operated out of a ministry focus built on the understanding of “build it and they will come”. This attractional approach of providing religious products – quality worship, education, mission and fellowship is intended to build the church.
In our culture today, this approach largely is not working. People in our western, libertarian culture are increasingly leaving the church and are not seeking to join a church. Our culture is now a mission field. The ministry focus has shifted to equipping and empowering Christ-followers to go into their communities.
Richard Rohr says, “Transformation more often happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart... Spiritual transformation is an active process of letting go, living in the confusing dark space for a while, and allowing yourself to be spit out upon a new and unexpected shore.”
How have we shifted our vision from people coming to us, to us going into our communities and building relationships with people and seeking the welfare of the community?
Gordon D’Angelo says, “Everything starts with vision. Vision is the process that brings imagination to creation. Every function. Everything that is was created from something that wasn’t.”
- Vision energizes us!
- Vision helps us focus on the important things!
- Vision makes uncertainty approachable
- Vision is a picture that leads us to reach out into the future!!
What is the picture that God wants us to reach out into the future and bring about?
Vision is a leverage point that brings about transformational change!
Cultivating Transformation Leaders,