The Eldership   The Need for   Vision   Session 1      Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 1998
20 Questions to determine your      church’s health:#1 Question: “Do you have a clear vision? Onethat is biblical, widely ...
Need for VisionaryLeadership in the Church Proverbs 29:18 Matthew 25:14 Changes in Society     Women in the workplace     ...
What Exactly isVision?A reality that has yet to come intoexistence.A view of the future that grows out of andimproves upon...
Properties of Powerful,Transforming Visions They are appropriate for the organization and for the times.     • history, cu...
7 Habits of HighlyEffective People - Stephen CoveyHabit #2“begin with the end in mind ““Although Habit 2 applies to many d...
Examples of VisionaryLeadership David: 1 Chronicles 28:2 Nehemiah 2:4-5; 17-18 Jesus: Matt 4:17-19 President John Kennedy ...
DavidKing David rose to his feet and said: "Listen to me, mybrothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a housea...
Nehemiah 2: 4-5 “I answered the king. If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor ……………… so I can rebuild i...
Jesus Matt 4: 17-18 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near…………….”Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  ...
John F. Kennedy        Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
Southwest AirlinesNo carrier knows its niche as well as Southwest."Most companies fail in their growth because they dont h...
Shula“Someone has said that a river without banks is a puddle. When I applythat saying to human interactions, it reminds m...
Walt Disneys Vision for a New              Kind of Amusement Park“The idea of Disneyland is a simple one. It will be a pla...
Disneyland will be something of a fair, an exhibition, aplayground, a community center, a museum of living factsand a show...
Our specific mission at the Memorial Road Church of Christis to equip and empower men, women, boys and girls forChristian ...
Properties of Powerful,Transforming Visions They are appropriate for the organization and for the times.     • history, cu...
The Eldership  The Need for  Vision  Session 2      Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 1998
Developing VisionStatements       Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 1998
REMEMBERA Vision is:A view of the future that grows out of andimproves upon the present.A mental model of a desirable or i...
REMEMBERA Vision is:     appropriate for the organization     and for the times, for the     history, culture, values, and...
Properties of Powerful,Transforming Visions They are appropriate for the organization and for the times.     • history, cu...
Developing a clear vision of perfection is almost like producing a moviein your mind. I recently had a chance to work with...
The other dealership was called Daley Freightliner and was a customer-driven operation with twenty-four-hour service--seve...
SWOT ANALYSIS Strengths   What are your congregations particular   strengths? Do you do something that is   unique to your...
SWOT ANALYSIS Opportunities   What is happening in the external   environment that could provide opportunities   for your ...
Possibilities Spiritual Growth Evangelism Helping Others Missions The results of your SWOT analysis!!!!             Oklaho...
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  • Welcome to campus Hope you have had an enriching week. As the airlines say, you had so many choices and we’re glad you chose us. When Lynn asked me to speak, I immediately thought of this topic. Later I started thinking about how it fit in with the book of James. I thought of 4:13, “Now listen, you who say,………….” James talks a great deal about action as the result of faith. That action is what I would prefer to think we are talking about.
  • The need for vision: Leadership Journal #1 Question.
  • In Proverbs, Solomon tells us that “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained….” In Matt 25:14, Jesus tells of three men who received a sum of money. Two had vision and one did not. Beyond the experience we all have that tells us that we must have vision, be visionary leaders, we have the world around us that demands that we respond or fall behind. Generational differences: Baby boomers (1946-64): Tend to value and trust authority, see work as a duty and as a vehicle to financial wealth, expect performance to be rewarded more than experience. Traditionalists(1925-1945)Value security, less mobile. Baby Busters (1965-85) value recognition and praise, opportunity to learn new things, fun at work, unstructured, flexible time. Desire for “Ownership “ is common.
  • Most seem to agree that we are not talking about “pie in the sky”
  • Thought of where the organization is. Likely these things would have to be changes before a vision could come to fulfillment that violated culture, values, etc. They are articulated in a way that inspires and in a way that is understood. Ken Blanchard asked about how to communicate vision and was told you needed to be like a third grade teacher and tell them over and over. They are challenging but doable.
  • Covey merely says that we “begin with the end in mind”. He talks about writing your own obituary. What would you like for it to say about your life? Speaks of a vision as providing standards as life unfolds.
  • I had in my heart……and I made plans to build it.
  • His vision? Rebuild the wall. Great job of articulating the vision.
  • Called people to a better life. Sermon on the mount provides a vision of a Christ-like life even today.
  • Inspired a nation and thrilled a world. Many old enough to remember the thrill of the challenge. When Neil Armstrong stepped from that moon lander in July 1969, we felt that anything was possible.
  • Search for the purposes of a vision statement in this quote from a new book about Southwest Airline, Nuts! Standard Bigger picture encouraged people to join the dream. Can see their spot and their contribution to the vision.
  • Don Shula - Vision provides the banks of the river. We’ve all seen rivers which have flooded beyond their banks. Vision of perfection.
  • Look at characteristics of Walt Disney’s vision. A place for everyone. Ideals which provide a source of courage and inspiration.
  • It is perhaps bad taste for me to show you what “we” are doing but as read the vision of Walt Disney, I thought of the vision statement we have developed at Memorial Road.
  • One last time, powerful, transforming visions have fairly well agreed upon criteria.
  • Vision

    1. 1. The Eldership The Need for Vision Session 1 Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 1998
    2. 2. 20 Questions to determine your church’s health:#1 Question: “Do you have a clear vision? Onethat is biblical, widely known, and owned byyour people, articulated with clarity andredundancy by the leadership?Leadership: A Practical Journal for Church Leaders, Summer 1997 Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    3. 3. Need for VisionaryLeadership in the Church Proverbs 29:18 Matthew 25:14 Changes in Society Women in the workplace Busy - Busy - Busy Increasing number of singles and singles again Technology Neighborhood to Globalization Changing values Challenges Generational Differences Compromise of the “Points of Uniqueness” Challenges to be contemporary Role of women Availability of volunteers Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    4. 4. What Exactly isVision?A reality that has yet to come intoexistence.A view of the future that grows out of andimproves upon the present.A mental model of a desirable or idealisticfuture for the organization.The essence of leadership. Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    5. 5. Properties of Powerful,Transforming Visions They are appropriate for the organization and for the times. • history, culture, values, consistent with present situations. They set standards of excellence and reflect high ideals. They clarify purpose and direction. They inspire enthusiasm and encourage commitment. They are well articulated and easily understood. They reflect the uniqueness of the organization. They are ambitious Visionary Leadership, 1992, Burt Nanus Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    6. 6. 7 Habits of HighlyEffective People - Stephen CoveyHabit #2“begin with the end in mind ““Although Habit 2 applies to many different circumstances and levels of life,the most fundamental application of "begin with the end in mind" is to begintoday with the image, picture, or paradigm of the end of your life as your frameof references of the life--todays behavior, tomorrows behavior, next weeksbehavior, next months behavior--can be examined in the context of the whole,of what really matters most to you. By keeping that end clearly in mind, youcan make certain that whatever you do on any particular day does not violatethe criteria you have defined as supremely important, and that each day of yourlife contributes in a meaningful way to the vision you have of your life as awhole.” Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    7. 7. Examples of VisionaryLeadership David: 1 Chronicles 28:2 Nehemiah 2:4-5; 17-18 Jesus: Matt 4:17-19 President John Kennedy Southwest Airlines Don Shula Walt Disney Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    8. 8. DavidKing David rose to his feet and said: "Listen to me, mybrothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a houseas a place of rest for the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD,for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it.” (1Chronicles 28:2). Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    9. 9. Nehemiah 2: 4-5 “I answered the king. If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor ……………… so I can rebuild it.” 2: 17-18 “Then I said to them, You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and we will no longer be in disgrace.” Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    10. 10. Jesus Matt 4: 17-18 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near…………….”Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    11. 11. John F. Kennedy Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    12. 12. Southwest AirlinesNo carrier knows its niche as well as Southwest."Most companies fail in their growth because they dont have a vision," Putnambelieves. "They dont know where to go. When you have a vision and someone comesto you with some convoluted idea, you can hold it up to the vision and ask, Does it fit? Does it fly? If not, dont bother me. A vision must be so strong that it can outweighthe egos of managers that might want to take off in a different direction. Vision is thebigger picture that motivates employees because they understand how their individualefforts contribute to the overall dream. Southwest Airlines was founded by visionarythinkers. Rollin King’s crazy, forward-thinking idea gave the company its start. Overthe years visionary thinking and big dreams have encouraged people to enlist in thecrusade to provide legendary service and give ordinary people extraordinaryopportunities. At Southwest the vision lives, and visionary thinkers continue toprovide the inspiration for its future.” Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    13. 13. Shula“Someone has said that a river without banks is a puddle. When I applythat saying to human interactions, it reminds me of the job of a coach.Like those riverbanks, a good coach provides the direction andconcentration for performers energies, helping channel all their effortstoward a single desired outcome. Without that critical influence, the bestachievements of the most talented performers can lack the momentum anddrive that make a group of individuals into champions. In my work withthe Miami Dolphins over the years, one single vision of perfection hasmotivated all of my coaching--thats winning every football game.Without exception, every coaching strategy Ive adopted has been aimedat that one target. A broad target thats easy to achieve leads to the"puddle" of mediocrity. Keeping that specific focus before the team andconcentrating the efforts within narrowly defined limits are my tasks asthe coach of this football team. I believe that if you dont seek perfection,you can never reach excellence.” Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    14. 14. Walt Disneys Vision for a New Kind of Amusement Park“The idea of Disneyland is a simple one. It will be a place forpeople to find happiness and knowledge. It will be a place forparents and children to spend pleasant times in one anotherscompany: a place for teachers and pupils to discover greater waysof understanding and education. Here the older generation canrecapture the nostalgia of days gone by, and the younger generationcan savor the challenge of the future. Here will be the wonders ofnature and man for all to see and understand. Disneyland will bebased upon and dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and hard factsthat have created America. And it will be uniquely equipped todramatize these dreams and facts and send them forth as a source ofcourage and inspiration to all the world. Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    15. 15. Disneyland will be something of a fair, an exhibition, aplayground, a community center, a museum of living factsand a showplace of beauty and magic. It will be filled withthe accomplishments, the joys and hopes of the world welive in. And it will remind us and show us how to makethose wonders part of own lives.” Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    16. 16. Our specific mission at the Memorial Road Church of Christis to equip and empower men, women, boys and girls forChristian leadership, evangelism, worship and service infamilies, in the church, in the community and around theworld. Through equipping and empowering our people from thecradle to the grave for leadership, evangelism, worshipand service, we will develop members who seek to proclaimGods standards to the world rather than defend themselvesagainst the world. Our primary methodology will be, first of all, tomold our members into people who know God and his word,love people, and practice the teachings of Jesus Christ.Second, we will recruit, train, place, nurture and empowerour members locally to carry out the God-given mission forHis church universal. In summary, we will equip our members by teachingthem what the word of God says, by giving them theopportunity to observe people carrying out that teachingin life situations, and by placing them in positions toteach others what they have learned (Ezra 7:10). 21 January 19 Oklahoma Christian Lectureship -
    17. 17. Properties of Powerful,Transforming Visions They are appropriate for the organization and for the times. • history, culture, values, consistent with present situations. They set standards of excellence and reflect high ideals. They clarify purpose and direction. They inspire enthusiasm and encourage commitment. They are well articulated and easily understood. They reflect the uniqueness of the organization. They are ambitious Visionary Leadership, 1992, Burt Nanus Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    18. 18. The Eldership The Need for Vision Session 2 Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 1998
    19. 19. Developing VisionStatements Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 1998
    20. 20. REMEMBERA Vision is:A view of the future that grows out of andimproves upon the present.A mental model of a desirable or idealisticfuture for the organization. Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    21. 21. REMEMBERA Vision is: appropriate for the organization and for the times, for the history, culture, values, and is consistent with present situations. Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 1998
    22. 22. Properties of Powerful,Transforming Visions They are appropriate for the organization and for the times. • history, culture, values, consistent with present situations. They set standards of excellence and reflect high ideals. They clarify purpose and direction. They inspire enthusiasm and encourage commitment. They are well articulated and easily understood. They reflect the uniqueness of the organization. They are ambitious Visionary Leadership, 1992, Burt Nanus Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    23. 23. Developing a clear vision of perfection is almost like producing a moviein your mind. I recently had a chance to work with the top managementand the heads of dealerships for Freightline, a leading manufacturer oflarge trucks. Jim Hibe, a the president, spearheaded the development ofa new service vision for their dealerships--one that would permit them togo way beyond their competition. In preparation for their key annualconference, they produced a thirty-minute video that illustrated twohypothetical dealerships. The first, called Great Scott Trucking, typifiedthe present mode of operating for many of the dealerships: limited hours(eight-to-five on Monday to Friday and nine-to-twelve on Saturday);uncommitted employees; few, if any extras (like donuts and coffee fortruckers waiting for their vehicles); and so forth. When you entered thedealership, everything seemed to be organized for the convenience of theemployees, not the customers. For example, the manager comes in about11:45 on Saturday. Seeing a long line in the parts department, he says,"Make sure you shut her down at twelve. The line will make a goodMonday." Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    24. 24. The other dealership was called Daley Freightliner and was a customer-driven operation with twenty-four-hour service--seven days a week,committed and trained employees willing to go the extra mile, and allkinds of services for the truckers. They had a lounge with LA-Z-Boyrecliners and a huge TV showing first-run movies. There was a quiet,dark room with bunk beds in case the truckers wanted to sleep.Employees drove repaired trucks to the front rather than making thedrivers retrieve them from the back lot.Many of the dealerships were closer to Great Scott Trucking than theywere to Daley Freightliner, so when the conference opened with thevideo, it made some people squirm. But it beautifully pictured the newservice vision for all to see and experience. I followed the video with atalk entitled "Raving Fans," all about having customers who want to bragabout you. After that, dealers who were closest to the Daley Freightlinerimage shared their success stories. To me that program was an excellentway to communicate a new vision of perfection.(Ken Blanchard in Everyones a Coach, 1995) Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    25. 25. SWOT ANALYSIS Strengths What are your congregations particular strengths? Do you do something that is unique to your congregation? Weaknesses What are the areas where you are lacking? What do others seem to do that you can’t seem to carry out? Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    26. 26. SWOT ANALYSIS Opportunities What is happening in the external environment that could provide opportunities for your congregation? Threats What things in the external environment pose threats to your congregation? Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
    27. 27. Possibilities Spiritual Growth Evangelism Helping Others Missions The results of your SWOT analysis!!!! Oklahoma Christian Lectureship - 21 January 19
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