Clearly Communicate The Vision
First of all, leaders are the ones responsible for casting the vision. Normally, vision comes from the top and is communicated downward. This is not always the case, however. Sometimes it is another person that is shown something new, something that may or may not add to the present vision. At this point, then, it is the senior leadership that must be responsible for what to do with what has been “received.” In other words, although it might not be the leader that initially receives more of the vision or a new direction in the vision, it is always the leader that is responsible for the vision. It will always be the leadership that is obligated to assess the vision received and to judge whether to reject it or to put it into practice.
It is also the leader that is first joined to the vision and then communicates it to those with whom he is working. In a local church it is the pastor that must be the caretaker of the vision, and his goal is to clearly communicate it to the congregation. On a national level, senior leaders must feel responsible for the vision being cast to regional and local leaders. These leaders need to ask themselves some pertinent questions concerning the vision: How often is it cast? To whom is it being cast? Are they holding themselves accountable to the vision? Let us look at these three:
How often is it being cast? This vision is more than just someone’s idea. It is not a simple mission statement. It is the direction in which the Lord wants to take us. It is about who we are, what we are going to do and how we are going to see it done. It is a clear delineation of how we are going to arrive at the destination. It is also a constant reminder to us that despite all of the difficulties and seemingly impossible impediments, we are indeed going to arrive by the will of God. It is a statement of why we are doing what we do and the scriptural reasons behind it. It is a source of identity for the body, whether a local church or a national organization. Therefore, it can hardly be cast too often. It helps to hear it and share it regularly so that we can better judge where we stand in relation to it. It must be by all means cast constantly.
To whom is it cast? This is important in the sense of realizing that not everyone will receive the vision that we are attempting to communicate. Therefore, we should not grow discouraged when certain church members do not become part of it. Others, however, are the key players in and around the vision. To these people who will be the nucleus upon which we build, it is extremely important that we properly cast the vision. Again, being joined to the vision will eventually be for more than just the senior leaders. It will become the local church’s identity, and the national organization’s common bond. Revival can certainly become a strong unifying factor in today’s church.
Are the leaders holding themselves accountable to the vision? They should feel tightly held by the vision and answer to it. They are responsible to make regular assessments as to whether or not they are leading the work according to the vision. This is yet another reason for “constant casting” of the vision. This point is very similar to what the Church was told in James 1:23-25, “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” Let us continue to look at the vision that the Lord has given us for today’s revival Church!
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