Over the past 3 days, I’ve had one-on-one meetings with 6 of the key leaders of our church. In addition to catching up relationally and checking in on them spiritually, I also found myself casting vision and inviting them into a deeper level of commitment to the ministries in which they lead.
Much has been written about how to cast vision publicly and in large group settings, but, in my experience, casting vision effectively one-on-one is equally (if not more) important.
Here are a few questions I keep in mind when going into meetings with key leaders. When I check my motives and approach by asking myself these questions, it sets me up to cast vision most effectively.
CHECK MOTIVATIONS & INTENTIONS FIRST.
What will I prioritize in this meeting—trying to serve them or trying to get them to serve me?
What is my greater concern—the condition of their soul or the quality of their service?
What am I more in tune with—the story God is writing through their lives or the story I want to be written that best serves the story God is writing through our church?
What will I convey most obviously—my love for them or my need for them?
After I’ve checked my motives with these questions and invested time in the meeting building relational equity, here are a few critical components in casting vision effectively:
STEP #1 - REMIND THEM OF THE PAST
Here is what God has done through this church.
Here is what God has done in you.
Here is what God has done through you and your leadership to this point.
STEP #2 - SHOW THEM THE PRESENT
Here is what God is currently doing in this church.
Here is what God is currently doing in you.
Here is what God is currently doing through you and your leadership.
STEP #3 - PAINT A PICTURE OF A POTENTIAL FUTURE
Here is what God could do in this church.
Here is what God could do in you.
Here is what God could do through you and your leadership.
Here is a pathway to get there.
Vision has been cast effectively when a person can see, for themselves, that in light of what God has been doing in their lives, what they are being invited into next…just makes sense.
Though it will be hard.
Though it will require sacrifice.
Though it will require growth.
Time and time again, I have seen people step up to do the difficult things God is requiring of them when they see how it “fits in” with his previous activity in their lives.
Remind them of what God has done. Show them what God can do. Invite them to step into opportunity. Wait on God to convict them to move forward. Definitely not the only way, probably not the best way, but it’s what’s worked for me!
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN.
How have you casted vision effectively (or ineffectively)? I’d love to learn from you in the comments below!