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              WHAT IS VISION?

• „The art or faculty of seeing.‟
• „Foresight, an appreciation of what the future may hold.‟
• „Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion.‟
  (Bill Hybels)




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          WHAT IS VISION? (2)

• „A clear mental picture of a better tomorrow given by
  God which moves a person to believe that it not only
  could be done but should be done.‟ John C Maxwell

• „Vision is what enables leaders to “see” the possible
  future further and more clearly than others, to be better
  than others at identifying opportunities and possibilities,
  and knowing how to respond to forthcoming events or
  likely situations. Vision is an essential hallmark of all the
  great leaders; it marks out a Moses or a Joshua, a
  Samuel or a David or a Nehemiah.‟ Tom Marshall (from
  Understanding Leadership)

                                                    MH p.5    4
      NEHEMIAH‟S VISION

Nehemiah‟s picture of how things should be



GRIEF… PRAYER… VISION… CALL… PLAN



    The news from the returned exiles

                                  MH p.4   5
MIND THE GAP

 What the world is
   called to be




 What the world is
     like now



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      WHERE THERE IS VISION

• Shared direction
• Faith and passion
• Energy towards the same goals
• The continuous involvement of new people
• Effective sharing of tasks and responsibilities
• Sacrificing short-term convenience for long term gains
• Common reference point for resolving conflict


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      WHERE THERE IS VISION

• Helps you say NO
• Helps change
• Determines focus of all activities
• Keeps the main thing, the main thing




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    WHERE THERE IS NO VISION
• Ministry is likely to be reactive and short-term
• There will be conflicts of expectation and direction
• Co-operative work is difficult
• Everyone does there own thing



           Where there is no vision the
                 people perish
                 Proverbs 29.18 (AV)

                     Plastic Logic
                                                     MH p.6   9
  How
 vision
develops




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GETTING & SHARING VISION


    From God       to the world

     Own                   Listen

                   GET
Confirm     SHARE VISION     Discern
            VISION

     Cast                  Define



                                       MH p.16   11
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?




      The workplace
      The family
      Wider society
      The church




                      MH p.8   12
      HOW DOES VISION GROW
           & DEVELOP?

1. Prayer… it’s the whole surrounding climate
2. Clarify what Christian vision is




                                        MH p.9   13
• The responsibility of the church is not simply
  to generate ideas (although there is a place
  for human creativity) nor to invent
  something, but discover the vision which
  God has for the church as a whole and for a
  particular local congregation. That vision will
  be a mixture of what we are called to be and
  what we are called to do.
• Steve Croft, Transforming Communities.

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                          Prayer



           Is the vision a Christian vision?

         Where is the horizon (church or kingdom)?

              Does the vision belong to God?
Prayer




                                                       Prayer
              Does it look below the surface?

               Is there a gospel perspective?

         Is there a rhythm of fruitfulness and rest?


                           Prayer


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      HOW DOES VISION GROW
           & DEVELOP?

1. Prayer… it’s the whole surrounding climate
2. Clarify what Christian vision is
3. Listen to the context and nurture the picture




                                           MH p.13   16
                        Prayer
         A Christian
           Vision?

                 Listen to the Context


                       VISION
Prayer




                                         Prayer
                  Nurture the Picture

                         Prayer


                                           MH p.13   17
VISION EMERGES FROM...




           VISION




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HOW DO WE CATCH THE VISION?

•   Reflection with others
•   Scripture
•   Dreams or specific visions from God
•   Rebellion
•   Facing the truth about what is not working
•   Difficulty
•   Words of wisdom, knowledge or prophecy
•   Through other Christian leaders, books etc
•   Through circumstances working together
•   Through requests for help

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      HOW DOES VISION GROW
           & DEVELOP?

1. Prayer… it’s the whole surrounding climate
2. Clarify what Christian vision is
3. Listen to the context and nurture the picture
4. Test, weigh & refine the vision




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        TEST, WEIGH & REFINE

•   With those you hope to serve
•   With those you hope will serve with you
•   With those in authority
•   “The vision may die and be reborn”
    (Sue Hope)




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      HOW DOES VISION GROW
           & DEVELOP?

1. Prayer… it’s the whole surrounding climate
2. Clarify what Christian vision is
3. Listen to the context and nurture the picture
4. Test, weigh & refine the vision
5. Communicate the vision clearly


                                           MH p.15   22
     By knowing and loving God
          and each other,
we seek to enable non church people
   to develop a real and relevant
      relationship with Jesus.




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1. It needs to be memorable and simple
2. It needs to make sense- realistic but faith stretching
3. Lived by the leader(s)
4. Cast it convincingly
Define the problem
Offer a solution
Present a reason. Why now and here

5. Sticky.




                                                  MH p.15   24
Danger of 3 primary obstacles for vision

               •success
                •failure
        •everything in between



        Andy Stanley; Making Vision Stick


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    You are responsible for this!!

•   Repeat it regularly- vision leaks
•   Celebrate it at every opportunity
•   Embrace it personally
•   Be careful of the new
•   Listen carefully to requests, stories &
    complaints


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      Tim Keel. Intuitive Leadership
• Not just search for answers & solutions
• Particulars of your context. Interpretation
  and experimentation
• The option to do nothing
• “Ministry is the by product of our pursuit of
  God (John 15)
• How are we to be the people of God-here
  & now

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Where to position ourselves to have a good
chance of catching God at work among us
  1.   Learning –from answers to questions
  2.   Vulnerability-from the head to the heart
  3.   Availability- from spoken words to living words
  4.   Stillness-from preparation to meditation
  5.   Surrender- from control to chaos
  6.   Cultivation- from programmes to environment
  7.   Trust- from defensiveness to creativity
  8.   Joy- from work to play
  9.   Dependence- Resolution to tension and back again



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              WHERE ARE YOU?

• Where is your vision on the following scale?
    GENERAL




                                                   SPECIFIC
• Where do you need to develop it further?
• What is the next practical step?


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