Creating a Sticky Vision for Your Church
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.
• 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,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY,
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
Posted on September 8, 2009, in church growth, Developing Healthy Churches, vision and tagged church attendence, church growth, Communication, shared vision, vision. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.