Saturday, July 05, 2008

Leadership and vision

I have a Masters of Divinity with a concentration on Transformational Leadership. What that means is that I spent extra time in Seminary studying great leaders, studying leadership theory, studying all thing leadership. Vision is something that regularly comes up when discussing leadership. Leaders must possess vision, and leaders must cast vision. Andy Stanley deserves a lot of credit for influencing my thinking on vision.

One thing that I am learning as a Senior Pastor is that I do a lot of vision casting. A LOT. I am learning that I really enjoy this, and that planting seeds, getting the buy-in from key people, and building a consensus is more enjoyable than I had anticipated. It has been one of those nice surprises of full time ministry. I have had opportunities to do this previously, but never to this degree, and never with this sort of influence and responsibility, which is at times a bit scary. Scary because you don't want to lead people down the wrong path, or waste time or resources that are precious in a small church. The margin of error is pretty slim, but thankfully I have a gracious group of people in my church for when I will undoubtedly screw up. And thankfully I have a God who can see His work completed in spite of me.


Marcus Goodyear said...

This reminds me of what Dwight Eisenhower said about leadership: "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done — because he wants to do it." Establishing a vision is as much about good strategy as the ability to inspire others. Sounds like you've got a good heart for it!

Chris Meirose said...

I'm learning a lot as I go. I don't claim to know it all, heck I don't even know the tip of the iceberg. But I am committed to growing and improving and learning from my mistakes.