Captured By Vision Insight 025 By George Bullard
When congregations expect the pastor to provide vision, they often mean a vision with which they agree.
Even if a congregation is sold on or blind to anything except the pastor being the CVO (chief visionary officer), CCO (chief casting officer), and CIO (chief implementation officer), they often mean the content of the vision and the action to fulfill it must meet criteria that is typically unknown to the pastor. What laity mean is that vision must fit the unspoken culture of the congregation.
The congregation may have a set of hidden core values. They are well known to the long tenured members, only slightly known to the short tenured members, and possibly totally unknown to a new pastor who comes in excited to lead the vision he or she has for the congregation.
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