How to Protect a God-given Vision

By Shawn Lovejoy

VisionYesterday in our Pastor’s Virtual Coaching Network, we talked about the importance of protecting the vision in our churches.

Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.

In other words, where there is a lack of vision, there is less focus and more chaos. However, here’s the scariest thought: If the followers don’t get the vision, or aren’t living t out, it’s usually because the leader has not gotten it across!

So the question as leaders is:

How can we help people in our churches and ministry organizations understand, embrace, and live out the vision? 

* Make sure our vision is from God. Gods vision comes through God’s revelation.  We don’t invent the vision, We just discover it.

* Be willing to die for the vision. If we really believe the vision is from God, we must be willing to die for it. If not, we’ll relent or quit when fulfilling His vision gets difficult.

* Over-communicate the vision. An annual vision talk is not going to get this done. every day, ever week, and every month we must look for creative ways to talk about the vision. Celebrate the vision being accomplished often Tell stories. Keep the vision in front of people everywhere and every way possible.

* Keep the vision from being hijacked. We must daily protect the vision from vision hijackers. A vision hijacker can simply be a person that means well, but don’t understand what we’re trying to do; but can also be a person who has an agenda for our organization based on their preferences or past. We must stand courageously and defend and protect the vision from being hijacked by others.

* Live for an audience of One. At the end of the day, God has not called us to please people. He has called us to please our father. We MUST be faithful to His vision! We must make every decision we make in an effort to please Him first and foremost!

“Obviously, I’m not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Gal 1:10 (NLT)

Shawn Lovejoy

Shawn is the founding and Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church, Co-Founder of and author of In the last 10 years Shawn has led his church to go multi-site, plant churches, and into some of the most challenging places in the has become one of the most influential church planting ministries in the world, and he gives Jesus all the credit. Shawn loves his wife, his kids, the church, pastors, and Playstation. In that order.