Vision Correction

I wear contacts and glasses (not at the same time). Why? Because I cannot see well without corrective help. For years when I was growing up, I wore glasses. I have a sleepy eye and am cross-eyed. In the last few years though, my eyes have stabilized. My vision is not getting better, but it’s not getting worse. Every year I go and have my eyes checked. Why? So I can see right and get an updated prescription. I need vision correction. Without it, I can’t read. I can’t see. I see better with vision correction.

For the past 15 years I’ve been serving in Christian ministry. I have more education than most ever have in a lifetime. The one thing I never received training on is vision: a picture of God’s future for the church. Vision can look easy, but it’s not. Vision and strategy are harder than I ever thought. So I have read a lot on vision lately, especially as it’s related to my life, family, ministry, and church. Of all the books I’ve read on vision and strategy, I’ve found one that’s making it simple.

Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, and Lane Jones have written a grand slam of a book. I recommend every Christian leader get it and read it. Then re-read it with your leadership team. They have thought it through. For example, the first thing the book recommends is “Clarifying the Win.” What does successful discipleship look like in your church? I’m convinced we have hidden behind programs which never make us clarifyanything. If there are people coming, it must be a win. I’m reading this book and can’t put it down. Tomorrow, I will finish it on the plane. If you want to challenge yourself and help your church (whether your a pastor or volunteer leader), get this book. I promise you, it will help you see better. You will have a fresh understanding of how to set yourself up to win in ministry, and probably more importantly, you will have a clear picture of what it means for you to make a disciple. 

I’m no expert on vision. I’m just one who has grown a lot because I’m willing to admit I need to up my game. You don’t have to be an expert. You have to desire to make disciples in an authentic way.

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2 Comments on “Vision Correction”

  1. Patti McTee Says:

    Alan, check out this link. It’s a discussion between Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, and the management team of North Point Church on each chapter of this book that you can listen to in your media player.

    My favorite chapter is $3, Narrow the Focus. This one is especially helpful to me in both leading prayer ministry within a church and the city-wide prayer ministry. It’s funny, but it kind of felt like I was being given permission not to do so much.,,and in doing less things I can do them well.

  2. pastoralan Says:

    We just came back from California and I read this book while there. It just grabbed me on a couple of levels. One, I resonate with the simple approach. I also love North Point’s style. They have gotten it right.

    Thanks for the link. I downloaded the pod cast and will pass them on. Our staff begins working through this book next week.

    We need to do coffee soon.

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