Cast A Vision That Radically Energises Your Team: Part One

By Simon Mason

It's a rock solid truth that the person with the most vision sooner or later will become the person with the greatest influence.

Yet vision is a fickle thing. Anyone who's tried to lead a team of people (which is probably everyone) will figure out that as quickly as a person can get vision, they can also lose it.

But vision is critically important, without a vision it's unlikely anyone will persist for very long. Especially if the going gets costly. Without vision, people might not perish overnight but they'll certainly eventually drift away and pursue other ventures. Particularly with employees and volunteers, they might see a short term benefit in investing into your leadership but unless they 'buy-in' to the vision, you'll only hold their attention for so long. Vision energises us with purpose. Without vision we lose sight of the reason we're laboring.

So if you're going to lead teams through transformation it's critically important to generate a vision that:

  • Grabs people's attention
  • Energises them with a purpose
  • Persists even when its hard going, and
  • Empowers them to explain to others the vision.

So in this post I want to explode open the vision code and talk about how you can generate and cast a vision that radically energises your team, your church or your family...

....and it's all based on this short verse:

Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald who reads it may run with it. – Hab 2:2

1. Get a Revelation – “Write down the Revelation…”

Under Christ, every sphere of influence (that is to say, every business, every organisation, every church and every family) has a destiny to experience radical transformation.

One of the central purposes of Christ's ministry was to teach us how to build systems, families and relationships like Heaven builds. That is, to co-labor with Christ to see the reality that is in heaven become the reality that is on earth. As He taught us to pray: "On earth as it is in Heaven..."

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For Heaven to invade earth, there's a lot of earth that will have to change (a lot). When we cast our eyes over the communities and organisations that the Father has entrusted us with, we can be certain that the Father's plan is to bring fundamental change to them all.

Which is to say, Heaven has a vision for transformation that's greater than yours.

If you have a vision for positive transformation in the sphere of influence that you've been placed in, you can be assured that it's probably come from the Father.

When Moses first got the vision to build the Tabernacle, her didn't have to wait long to figure out what God's vision was for this new micro-temple. The level of detail is extraordinary. It even included direction for the curtain rings.

Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain. – Exodus 25:40

That word 'pattern' also shows up as 'blueprint'.

In fact, God has a pattern and a template for every sphere of influence. Heaven is not short on redemptive vision for creation. The writer of Hebrews has Jesus saying to the Father: "In your scroll it is written of me: I delight to do your will O Lord." The inference is that the Father held a scroll that detailed his plans for Christ's life. A scroll of destiny.

Sounds pretty epic.

One of the key components of a vision is that it gives a purpose. It gives the system of church a fresh reason for existing.

So this is step number one, as you consider the sphere of influence that you've found yourself in, the first question you can ask is "What is heaven's plan for transforming this organisation?"

If you want to generate vision for your sphere of influence, then you need to choose see it as Heaven does.

Before you can write done the vision for your Kingdom sphere, you need to get REVELATION for you Kingdom sphere.

KEY NUMBER ONE: Get a Revelation of how Heaven sees your Sphere of Influence

  • What is the redemptive purpose of your sphere of influence?
  • How does the Father want to demonstrate His nature through this sphere of influence?

2. Craft a Mission Statement - "Make the Vision Plain..."

Unless your vision can be distilled into a mission statement then its unlikely anyone else will invest into it.

But here's the thing, the vision can't be too complex. If you're vision is less than perfectly clear to you, it's going to be completely confusing to whoever reads it.

The best way to make the vision clear is to make it crystal clear what the problem is that is being solved.

We are hardwired to delight in solving problems. Personally, I love solving problems

But more than just solving the problem, we need to make the vision stick so people realise what’s at stake if we don't pursue the vision.

When Nehemiah had to cast the vision of the restoration of the temple, he had to pitch it to the Israelites in a way that compelled them to buy-in to his vision. The passage is really a great piece of persuasion:

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work. – Nehemiah 2:17-18

Quite simply, Nehemiah pitched the vision on the basis of solving the problem the Israelites were facing.

  1. The PROBLEM - Jerusalem lies in ruins
  2. The SOLUTION - Let us rebuild the wall
  3. The BENEFIT - We will no longer be in disgrace

The vision needs to reveal what is distinctive about what you are building. Vision statements never give the nitty gritty details, they are meant to capture not inform.

To make it plain, your vision needs to:

  1. Be distilled into as few words as possible.
  2. Solve a Problem but letting people know what's at stake.
  3. Distinctively Describe what you're building

A single, plain vision statement can resonate in people’s minds long after they forget the system.

Next up in Part 2.... How to craft your vision into a Mission ​Statement (and how David crafted a multigenerational vision).

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