Captured By Vision Insight 040 By George Bullard

Since vision is not a statement, do not try borrowing a vision statement from your favorite congregation.

Sure, I have my favorites. But I try not to impose my language on a congregation that I’m helping. Besides, when a congregation pilfers the language of another congregation they’re often picking up the mission statement, motto or tagline and not actually their vision statement.

I like what Shawn Lovejoy says in his book on congregational vision entitled Be Mean About Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters (Thomas Nelson, 2016). On page 20 he says, “Don’t rip off someone else’s vision. God has something better—much more authentic—that’s meant just for you.”

That is so true for every congregation I encounter. The best visions are the ones that fit each congregation perfectly. Do not borrow. Be unique. Be who God is calling you to be.

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