Pastors who have incorrect expectations of their churches based on fictional, idealized churches in their minds can undermine their ministry. A fictional church may will leave you unprepared for the real problems that you’ll face, unable to address real questions, and unable to respond with grace to the challenges that you’ll face.
Why this story matters to church leaders:
Vision is good, but fiction can become toxic for church leaders who fail to engage the realities around them.
- Crossing Over: When does vision cross over into fantasy for a church leader?
- Connected or Disconnected: Are you aware of the challenges and opinions of members at your church?
- Planning Ahead: What are the challenges coming up at your church? Are you prepared to take action and have you invested time in your congregation to the point that they’ll trust you to make good decisions?
Are you leaning toward too little vision or too much vision right now?
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