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Visionary Leadership

Association Summit
Southwestern Seminary
Fort Worth, Texas

   
This Session on Vision
In this session you will:
Discovery four characteristics of a
visionary leader

   
Visionary
Leadership

#1. Visionary leaders are visionaries


#2. Visionary leaders have a personal
vision
#3. Visionary leaders lead visionary
organizations
#4. Visionary leaders understand thei
times and know what to do

   
Visionary
Leadership

#1. Visionary leaders are visionaries

   
Visionary
Leadership

#1. Visionary leaders are visionaries


•Visionaries have a clear,
challenging
picture of the organization’s future
as
they believe it can and must be.
•Take the Vision Style Audit.*
   
Development of
Vision
• An important factor in developing a
vision
is your vision-style.
•Your vision-style is how you catch a
vision.

   
Vision Style
Audit

Directions: Take out a


sheet of
paper and number from 1
to 11.

   
Vision Audit
Directions: Write down the letter (a
b)
that best describes your preference
1. I tend to
a) dislike new problems
b) like new problems

2. I work best with


a) facts
  b) ideas
 
Vision Audit
3. I like to think about
a) what is
b) what could be

4. I like
a) established ways to do thing
thin
b) new ways to do things

   
Vision Audit
5. I enjoy skills that
a) I have already learned and
used
b) are newly learned but unused

6. In my work I tend to
a) take time to be precise
b) dislike taking time to be
  precise  
Vision Audit
7. I would describe my work style
a) steady with realistic
expectations
b) periodic with bursts of
enthusiasm

8. I have found that I am


a) patient with routine details
  b) Impatient
  with routine detail
Vision Audit
9. I am more likely to trust my
a) Experience
b) Inspiration

10. I am convinced that


a) seeing is believing
b) believing is seeing

   
Vision Audit

11. I tend to be
a) a pessimist
b) an optimist

   
Interpretation
•Total the number of As you
circled.
•Total the number of Bs you
circled.
•Which is the greater number?

   
Interpretation
•If you circled more As than Bs, you’r
the
type of leader who catches a vision b
visit-
ing another ministry and seeing it for
your-
self. You focus more on the present
than
the future.
  Vision-style:
  Vision Catcher
Interpretation
•If you circled more Bs than As, you’r
the
type of leader who creates a vision i
your head. You focus primarily on th
future
and are a natural visionary.
Vision-style: Vision Creator

   
Visionary
Leadership

#1. Visionary leaders are visionaries


#2. Visionary leaders have a personal
vision

   
Visionary
Leadership
#2. Visionary leaders have a personal
vision
•They’re directional leaders- have a
clear life’s direction.
•One’s life-direction consists of two
core ingredients
-Personal mission*
-Personal vision*
   
Visionary
Leadership
Personal Mission
•Definition
•Importance
•Discovery
•Development
•Application

   
Visionary
Leadership
Definition of Mission
A statement of what God wants you t
do
with your life.

   
Visionary
Leadership
Importance of Mission
•Aids in discovering your ministry
niche
•Brings a sense of meaning and
significance
•Focuses your life and ministry
•Helps evaluate one’s life
•Key to developing a personal vision

   
Visionary
Leadership
Discovery of Mission
(Two Ds)
•Know your design
Gifts
Passion
Temperament*
•Know your direction

   
Visionary
Leadership
Temperament

•DiSC
D-eagle
I-peacock
S-dove
C-owl
•MBTI (KTS)

   
Visionary
Leadership
Temperament Question

What do people with my temperamen


do
in ministry?

   
Visionary
Leadership
Discovery of Mission
(Two Ds)
•Know your design
-Gifts
-Passion
-Temperament
•Know your direction

   
Visionary
Leadership
Development of Mission
(Examples)
My mission in life is to be used of Go
G
to
equip a new generation of leaders
nationally and internationally for
high-
impact ministryin the 21st. Centu
Slogan: Equipping tomorrow’s leade
  today.  
Visionary
Leadership
Development of Mission
(Examples)
My mission in life is to come alongsid
churches and help them to become
all
that Christ wants them to be.
Slogan: Envisioning tomorrow today.

   
Visionary
Leadership
Application of Mission
(Try it!)
•What are your gifts?
•What is/are your passion(s)? What do
you
feel strongly and care deeply about?
•What is your temperament (DiSC and
MBTI)?
What are people with your
  temperament
 
Visionary
Leadership
Application of Mission
(Try it!)
•What kind of divine design is best for
what
you do in the ministry organization?
•Who is doing this well, and what is
his/her
divine design?

   
Visionary
Leadership
Personal Vision
•Definition
•Importance
•Development
•Application

   
Visionary
Leadership
Definition of Vision
A clear, challenging picture of the
future
of your life and personal ministry as
you
believe it can and must be.

   
Visionary
Leadership
Importance of Vision
While a personal mission helps you t
know where you’re going, the vision
helps
you to see where your going.

   
Visionary
Leadership
Development of Vision
•Expand your personal mission
statement
•Build upon each of your personal
ministry
core values

   
Visionary
Leadership
Development of Vision
(An Example)
Cf. p. 167 of Being Leaders

   
Visionary
Leadership
Application of Vision
(Let’s Try It!)
Based on your personal mission and
values, what do you see yourself doi

5, 10, 15 years from now?

   
Visionary
Leadership

#1. Visionary leaders are visionaries


#2. Visionary leaders have a personal
vision
#3. Visionary leaders lead visionary
organizations

   
Visionary
Leadership
#3. Visionary leaders lead visionary
organizations.

   
Visionary
Leadership
#3. Visionary leaders lead visionary
organizations.
•They’re most effective in
visionary organizations.
•What is your ministry’s vision?
•How does your personal vision
align
with it?
•If it doesn’t-you need to find one
  that  
does!
Visionary
Leadership

#1. Visionary leaders are visionaries


#2. Visionary leaders have a personal
vision
#3. Visionary leaders lead visionary
organizations
#4. Visionary leaders understand thei
times and know what to do

   
Visionary
Leadership
#4. Visionary leaders understand
their times and know what to do.

“And the sons of Issachar, men who


understood the times, with know-
ledge of what Israel should
do, . . .”
1 Chron. 12:32
   
Visionary
Leadership
#4. Visionary leaders understand
their times and know what to do.
The Gretzky Factor
“It’s not as important to know
where the puck is now as to
know where it will be.”
Wayne Gretzky

   
Visionary
Leadership
#4. Visionary leaders understand
their times
and know what to do.
“. . .before anyone can learn to lead,
he must learn something about this
strange new world. Indeed, anyone
who does not master this mercurial
context will be mastered by it. . .
Leaders have the sense of where
the culture is going to be, where the
organization must be if it’s to grow.”
   
Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader, pp. 2,
199
Visionary
Leadership
#4. Visionary leaders understand
their times and know what to do.
•Vision is conceived in the
context of the times in which one
lives.
•Most often vision is a reaction to
one’s times
A deep dissatisfaction
We can do better
  Hybel’s
  holy discontent
Visionary
Leadership
#4. Visionary leaders understand
their times and know what to do.
•How does one understand the
times? The answer is to exegete
one’s culture.

And the sons of Issachar, men


who understood the times, with
  know- ledge
  of what Israel should
Visionary
Leadership

THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT


“Understanding the Times”

THE MINISTRY ENVIRONMENT


“Knowing What We to Do”

   
Visionary
Leadership
“UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES”
• Social Sector
• Technological Sector
• Economic Sector
• Political/Legal Sector
• Philosophical Sector*

   
Visionary
Leadership
“UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES”

Philosophical Sector

“Postmodern Pilgrims”

   
Visionary
Leadership
“KNOWING WHAT TO DO”
1. In spite of growing secularization,
God is
still working in the world-culture.
2. His primary vehicle is the church.
3. We need to discover and
understand what
God is doing in these churches.
4. The way to do this is to scan the
  church  environment.
Visionary
Leadership
“KNOWING WHAT TO DO”
What is God doing?
• International Churches
• National Churches
• State Churches
• Area Churches
• Local Churches

   
Visionary
Leadership
“KNOWING WHAT TO DO”
What is God doing?
• Seeker Churches
• Emergent Churches
• Postmodern Churches
• Purpose-driven churches
• House Churches
• Cell Churches
   
Visionary
Leadership
“KNOWING WHAT TO DO”
How do we know it’s of God?
• A hermeneutic for interpreting
the biblical passages for doing
church
• A theology of change
• A theology of culture
• A definition of the local church
   
Visionary
Leadership
“KNOWING WHAT TO DO”
• A hermeneutic for interpreting
the biblical passages for doing
church
-Negative vs. positive approach
-Descriptive vs. prescriptive
passages

   
Visionary
Leadership
“KNOWING WHAT TO DO”
• A theology of change
-Function
-Form
-Freedom

   
Visionary
Leadership
“KNOWING WHAT TO DO”
• A theology of culture
-Culture can be good or bad
-Three responses to culture
Isolation-withdraws
Accommodation-embraces
Contextualization-
communicates
   
Visionary
Leadership
“KNOWING WHAT TO DO”
• A definition of the local church
A necessary gathering of
professing believers in Christ
who, under leadership, are
organized to pursue its mission
through its functions to
accomplish its purpose.
   
Visionary
Leadership

Questions?