Category: Vision Casting
If you’re defensive as a leader, it means you aren’t leading with confidence and the conviction you need. I’ve always said that if we’re defensive as leaders, it’s our vision and not God’s. Only the person that created the vision has to defend it. If God created it and gave it to us, we don’t have to defend it, only steward it.
If you find yourself wanting to throw down when someone doubts something or doesn’t like something you do, it may be that you are acting in your own way, not in God’s vision.
Stanford University did a study a while back to see how people communicate. They divided people into 2 sections… guessers and tappers. The tappers job was to tap out common songs and the guessers were to guess what song they were tapping. When asked before the study, the tappers said that they believed the guessers would get about 1/2 of the songs correct just by hearing the tap. At the end of the study, guessers got around 2 % of the songs right.
A bad system is better than no system at all.
I love what I heard Andy Stanley said once, “Your system is perfectly suited for the results you’re getting.” It’s quite easy to have no system and therefore have practically no results. So, a bad system that produces “bad” results is at least a place to start and measure it’s success.
I’ve helped train 100’s of pastors through The Sticks Network, and one thing that consistently sticks out in my mind is how few leaders and churches have systems in place for the most vital parts of their church.
Recently I made a statement in hearing shot of one of our staff pastors. I said, “I’m driving the staff crazy!” He said, at least you’re driving bro, we don’t like it when you’re not driving.
More encouraging words could not have been spoken to me. You see, last year was a healing year for me, after a tremendously difficult emotional battle, I’m fully engaged again after what seems like an eternity.
When I was down emotionally, I didn’t have the passion or vision to lead and certainly not lead well. “Driving” is not a negative word, in this context, driving is the crazy, electrified atmosphere when there’s controlled chaos for Kingdom growth.
I think when a leader is driving they are leading well, I think when you drive like that you produce three things…
I teach a leadership class at our church and the assignment for this past week was “Write your personal mission statement.”
As you can imagine, everyone wanted to love God, read their Bible more and win the world for Jesus.
All good, but not very personal.
Then we moved on to writing a vision statement for your church, ministry or organization. I found three helpful tools that really helped clarify a vision for an individual or organization.