7 Ways to Help Others Understand the Vision


VisionA lot of people have great vision. But you’ll never see your vision become a reality unless you communicate it well to others. Many great God-given dreams die in the vision-casting stage. In fact, there are seven particular things you need to make sure your people understand in the process of sharing your vision with them.

1. Who you are. What’s your church about? Every church should fulfill the five biblical purposes of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. But how you fulfill the purposes depends upon the distinct nature of your church. What makes your church unique? People aren’t the only ones with a particular shape; whole churches have them as well. When you’re communicating vision to your church, you’ve got to help people see how your church is unique.

2. Where you are going. Besides communicating your identity, you need to communicate the church’s direction and goals. Leadership is influence, and the quickest way to tell if you’re a leader is to look over your shoulder. If somebody’s following you, you’re a leader. If nobody’s following you, you’re not the leader. It’s that simple. The moment you have to tell people, “I’m the leader!” you’re not. Leadership is knowing where you’re going and being able to persuade people to come along with you. That’s influence. If you don’t know where you’re going, nobody else will, and nobody’s going to follow you. To communicate vision, you’ve got to communicate where you’re going.

3. Why you are going there. Once we’ve communicated where we’re going, we’ve got to tell our congregations why we’re going there. At Saddleback we do this through Class 101. A membership class is a great place to communicate the why of what you’re doing. People will have a hard time following you to where God wants you to go if they don’t understand the motivation behind it.

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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

  • Taiwo O

    Thanks Pastor Rick. I am always blessed whenever I read of you. I pray for more grace to you.

    Pls, is there any way to allow us read your sermons online freely?

  • http://humanwebsite.com.my/ Kent

    Basically, we need to let people know – Who, When, Where, What, Why and How.

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  • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

    Great stuff; this and Wil Mancini’s article on “uncaging the vision.”

    One trick I’ve learned about vision casting: teach the church leadership team and each ministry leader how to cast the vision within their circle of influence. And then the pastor has to communicate the vision in as many different ways as possible – be creative. Help them to see, feel, taste, hear what the fulfilled vision will be like!

    And when you’re sick of communicating the vision because you fear you’ve become repetitive, and that they’re tuning you out – that’s when they’re only just beginning to “get it.”

    Then, once they start to get it, it’s time to do a complete ministry audit of everything the church does to make sure they all fit with the vision. Revamp as needed.

    Next year, rinse and repeat.

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  • Anonymous

    It’s unsafe to share vision these days, even with Christian leaders. Just too many dogs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edzidzonou Elisée Dzidzonou

    l am so glad to have those blessing teachs

  • chester gladkowski

    Good stuff and very practical. May I add two more short and helpful suggestions;

    First – write this down, pray over it, revise and continue to percolate over it till it settles. During the percolating stage share it only with a few close friends. Once it settles, then you can cast a wider vision.

    Second – be able to share God’s call and vision for you within 3 minutes verbally. I met a very committed and energized person the other day and it took her almost 15 minutes to explain her ministry. While all the information, stories and passion were exciting almost no one would stick around to listen. They may sit through it but they changed channels long before she got to the good part.

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