Lately I was getting frustrated by my lack of time for training students in ministry/leadership skills. As I was praying, Brian (my semester missionary) came into my office asking if I wanted to do a LifeGroup. God told me to start a ministry training group. So far we have only met twice but both times went amazing. The students really desire to be trained and seeing how my BCM class back at FSU has about 90% of us in ministry, I figured it would be good to do. So I’ll be posting the resources I use each time and the handouts we create. I say we because it is more discussion based than me teaching because I hate to always do the talking.
The first official week we met we talked about how to cast vision and make it stick. Much of these notes are based on Andy Stanley‘s book: Making Vision Stick. I highly recommend this book because it is short but so powerful. The book defines vision as:
Vision: A mental picture of what could be, fueled by a passion that it should be.
To me, that is a great description because a vision should be solving a problem that you can’t shake from the pits of your stomach. Kind of like what happened in the book of Nehemiah. He was so upset about the wall being broken that the city was in disgrace and danger that he couldn’t sleep. This caused a passion to well up inside Nehemiah and created followers to help him with the vision from God. What a great picture of leadership and a great way for us to learn how to cast vision and make it stick.
The five steps mentioned in the book to make vision stick are:
- State it simply
- Cast it convincingly
- Repeat it regularly
- Celebrate it systematically
- Embrace it personally (and publicly)
Let me know what you think!