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:

  • Culture
  • Clarity–keeping people focused on values and purpose
  • Communication
  • 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.