I am so sick of the word 'vision' I could scream. When I left the corporate training field, I thought I could catch a break from hearing it every 5 minutes. But that was not to be because the corporate training world has been brought into the church. Now we hear it from church growth movement leaders every 5 minutes.
From the PastorPreneur website are some vision quotes by 'pastorpreneurs' that are quite revealing. We don't even think about these 'quotes' anymore because we are so desensitized to them. But we need to think about them in light of what scripture says.
You know, if all this vision casting was not so silly, it would be amusing. But it isn't because it is leading so many people astray. (I can remember when Peter Drucker invented the concept of the 'intrapreneur' so I was not that surprised to find a PastorPreneur. Saddened but not surprised.)
The art of leadership begins in the heart: Call, Character, Conviction, and Competence (Jackson)
Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in you (Hybels)
You have to be willing to lose some people... But make sure you lose the right ones. Don't lose somebody because you are poor in relationships, but lose them because you've got a big vision. A big vision fires up the committed, and fries the convicted. (Maxwell) Is John Maxwell starting to sound like Rick Warren here? Is this like saying, we hope those 'poor in spirit' leave...they cannot see our big vision. You know, I have to wonder about the vision of those who were burned at the stake for the name of our Savior...was it a vision of their Savior with arms opened wide?
Every time a church doubles in size, half of the leadership becomes obsolete (Anderson)Why? Because they are not on their knees enough? In scripture constantly? Praying for guidance and wisdom? Is that the real reason?
"Vision and values are important because they focus the energy of people on what they are really in business for... there are two parts to leadership... one is the vision casting and the other is implementation" (Ken Blanchard) Where are these 'values'? In scripture? Are they the Beatitudes? And doesn't Christ do the implementing? We are just mere vessels...right?
Personal Mastery (know gifts, calling, growing relationship with Christ) We don't master anything do we? I am too weak and ignorant, I must have Christ in me to do anything. I cannot even breathe without God!
Developing Vision (seeing what God sees) Isn't everything we need in scripture?
Communicating Vision (life and vision alignment) Wouldn't this really mean teaching the truths of scripture?
Shepherding Pursuit of Vision (alignment of programs and vision) This one is too scary to even comment on.