Mark O’Brien is a fellow doctoral student at Dallas Seminary. I don’t remember where I got the below thoughts, but his name was attached to them. Maybe it was a conversation we had, but it is worth keeping.
Look beyond your own tenure in the church to the organizations future…
We are stewards for a time. Perspective is for the long haul.
So we guard the core ideology (Values and Purpose) and not aiming at the vision as an “ends.” Vision is a means.
Things we need to exercise great discipline along the way in these areas:
- Clarity–keeping people focused on values and purpose
- Alignment–make sure things are in alignment when stuff competes
Innovation–we may need to do something different–foster innovation–failure is ok
Barna, George. Turning Vision into Action. Ventura Calif.: Regal Books, 1996.
Collins, James C., and Jerry I. Porras. Built to Last : Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. 1st paperback ed. New York: HarperBusiness, 1997.
Nanus, Burt. Visionary Leadership : Creating a Compelling Sense of Direction for Your Organization. 1st ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1992.
Stanley, Andy. Visioneering. Sisters, Or.: Multnomah Publishers, 1999.