“If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed.”
Proverbs 29:18 (MSG)
Vision is seeing what God wants to do in your midst. It is a mental picture of the future. For vision to matter, it must be communicated well and often.
So far we have dealt with three essentials for a core team’s work: prayer, strategy, and unity. Once there is unity in purpose and strategy, it’s time to begin sharing what is happening by communicating with the larger group by deliberate vision-casting.
Communicating vision encourages faith in others which will motivate them to join your cause knowing that it’s actually God’s kingdom work.
Doing that well requires summarizing the purpose in a way that can be transferred.
Keep in mind these requirements for vision-casting:
- SHORT & SIMPLE
Often our tendency is to try to say it all, but it gets so long and cumbersome that no one really gets the main purpose. Consider how to encapsulate the major idea of your purpose. Is there a word that can summarize what you see being accomplished by it? Our vision/purpose statement here at Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries is “Preparing Christian Women for Leadership.” The word preparing is broad and includes training via free videos, personal contact, mentoring, and coaching. Similarly, leadership not only involves specific responsible roles but also includes the ordinary every day places where we influence others. By using summary words we kept it short and simple.
Bill Hybels wisely says, “Vision leaks.” To keep your group on target with your purpose and excited about where you are going, they need to remember the vision. Keeping it short and simple helps, but repeating it often is necessary to keep motivation strong. The volunteers or key members of the ministry need to be able to picture the future they work toward to keep their motivation strong.
Beyond simply remembering the vision is repeating it to others. If the women in your pews can repeat your vision, they will be able to accurately share your ministry with others. They join you as vision-casters.
Prayer, strategy, unity, and vision-casting. What’s next? Organized and trained volunteers.