Signs You are Coasting

Will Mancini writes:

I was recently dialoguing with a very successful pastor about the ten-year vision horizon of the large church he pastors.

He made a striking comment.

“I don’t want to coast on original vision.”

It made me wonder, how do you know if you might be coasting on a vision that “used to be?”

  1. You use adjectives that position the vision as historical: original, founding, previous, last season, former chapter, etc.
  2. You have increasing realization of how far you God has taken your ministry in the last five or ten years.
  3. You actually feel less excited about a the ideals, aspirations, or pictures of the future you used to have.
  4. People around you express ask more questions about the future and show increasing curiosity for things like clarity.

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One Comments

  • steve miller August 4, 2011 Reply

    God never stops providing the vision.

    Some churches get into a rut where they hear once from God and then run with that plan for as long as they can.

    Because leaders must walk continuously by faith just as lay people do, God is not going to give leaders the whole big picture at once. I find God leads me as both a Christian and a leader in the same way, one step at a time. He has cultivated a relationship which requires constant dialogue.

    Current vision is provided when we learn and exercise dependance on God rather than trusting our own ingenuity.

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