OK – I promised that I would give some how-to on leadership activities.
1) Cast Vision or Mission (at some level) for the future activities
Vision or mission can start with one person, but often things seem so obvious to that person (who had or received the vision) that it takes other leaders questioning how things work or how things happen to really flesh it out. When you share your vision, you want it to be a relatively complete and comprehensible story. Collaborating with other leaders is a great way to get feedback.
Not suggesting that the vision itself should change, but we need to become better at communication. The communicator is responsible for the content. If you send but nobody receives – that is not communication – that is broadcasting. If you are speaking English but your audience is Spanish speakers – is that going to work? How about if you are speaking martian? Or theological jargon?
Preachers can spend years in seminary developing their ability to communicate biblical truth. Yet when communicating about other things, they don’t practice with the same level or they delegate to other leaders. Leaders should collaborate around the content and communication of vision so that
a) all (leaders) are invested in the vision (there is unity).
b) the communication to the larger community is well thought out and aimed at the target audience.
c) all are able to answer questions and explain the meaning of the vision from the perspective of their role. Continue reading “Leadership Activities – Part II”
Which Customer Is Your Ministry Designed to Connect? | MarkHowellLive.com
Recognizing that ministry is not a one-size-fits-all enterprise is a very important thing. I think this post shares a really good example of this. While calling those we are called to minster to “customers” feels very “marketing-ish” the message rings true. You won’t attract People if you won’t meet them where they are. Jesus was all over that message. We should be too.
Neil Cole: Can Groups Be Missional & Make Disciples? | Verge Network
This is a very provocative article that I don’t truly agree with, but I am positing it here because juxtaposed against Mark Howell’s article above – it makes Mark’s point stand out even more. Discipleship is a smaller box inside the innermost box. Look for a post on the FPM blog about this very topic in the next few weeks.
The Danger of Vision Casting | Ron Edmondson
Ron’s post on casting vision without completing vision is dead on. I have lived through this, and his warning is appropriate. It is not only dangerous for the organization as a whole (it can lead to dissapointment) it is dangerous for leadership for the very reasons that Ron lists. Great post!!! The cost of completing the vision must be contemplated before you cast it.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,
Vision, Strategy, Policy – In Search Of
When casting vision, you need strategy to complete it. This post from my other blog is complementary to Ron’s post above, providing a simple framework for contemplating organizational change using vision, strategy and policy. Organizational change is hard – don’t kid yourself into thinking that if I can envision it, someone else will make it happen.
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