Vision, Balance & Movement
How you navigate the changes and transitions in your ministry? In every organization there are times of transition and seasons of change. Organizations are dynamic rather than static—especially the local church. In the local church, managing change and moving through transition often provides church leadership with new opportunities to accelerate or decelerate in the undertaking of their vision. Knowing when to speed up or slow down in the pursuit to fulfill mission and vision statements can bring to local church leadership a feeling of fulfillment and success, prevent vision frustration, and produce a sense of balance and movement.
Vision can be defined as a revelatory ability to see the desired end before the beginning. To move from beginning desire to end fulfillment necessitates strategic implementation. Any strategy or programmatic attempt to implement a vision for a local church must be balanced with the right movements. The wise Preacher said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). This truth impacts individuals as well as every organization and its leadership.
Everything has its time, especially to accomplish plans, purposes, goals and objectives. Church leaders need a real sense of timing to effect solid decision-making as well as manage the corporate vision. It makes for discouragement and frustration to speed up plans when changing conditions, circumstances, events and situations dictate the need to slow down, and vice-versa. Traveling down the “vision-pursuit” road at the wrong speed, whether it’s to slow or too fast without regard to road conditions, can cause vision-stall and failure.