Creating a Sticky Vision for Your Church

Make Your Vision Sticky

Make Your Vision Sticky

Every church is unique. It has its own distinct features and focus. If you want to change the vision of your church to create growth you must change the very nature of your church. When changing the vision of your church you must first get “buy in.” Getting “buy in” for the vision starts at the top…

Let your vision cascade down:

  • It is important to remember that each level needs to have “buy in” before you move to the next one.

Here are some practical steps to create a sticky vision…

1) Make it part of your leadership culture.

• Learn a new vocabulary
• If it’s blurry to your leaders, it won’t be clear to anyone else

2) View things from the perspective of your vision.

• Starting of new programs
• Ending of current programs
• Asking questions like:
o “Does it fit?
o “Does it hinder or help?”
o “Is it good or is it best?”
• Vision compared to demographic

3) Weave the vision into your meetings (leadership, volunteers, staff, board).

• Talk about how it is being lived out
• Celebrate progress
• Evaluate often

4) Strategically place the vision into your weekend services.

• At least twice a month, make mention of it
• Stronger emphasis once every 6 weeks
• Showing videos, bulletin updates, life change stories, emails…anything that points to your vision working.
• Allow a variety of voices/people

5) Identify how each person fits into the vision.

• Financial support
• Serving roles
• Outreach minded

6) Use various means to constantly communicate the vision.

• Twitter
• Facebook
• Emails
• Web
• Podcasting
• Blogs
• Text
• Small Groups
• Membership Classes

A key to remember is…

When you are just getting tired of it…they are just getting it

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

Albert Einstein


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on September 8, 2009, in church growth, Developing Healthy Churches, vision and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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