From Where Does Vision Emerge

kinnon —  October 22, 2007 — 3 Comments

If the Spirit of God is amongst the people of God, then why is it so many senior church leaders believe that they alone are the casters and controllers of the vision for a particular gathering of believers. Does God only speak to and through them?One leader of my acquaintance used to insist that any other vision than his was di-vision. (His poor pun, not mine.) My Kiwi friend, Paul Fromont quotes one of his friends in this post, John Hebenton,

“…I see that on a smaller scale in churches, where ordained leaders have believed the line that they are the ones to come up with the vision, and then that becomes about them, and not the vision. This creates such unnecessary conflict and disillusionment. It is tragic. How can I be a leader that allows the vision to emerge from the people I am among, and to not make it about me, so that I am free to allow that vision to change and adapt over time?

As some of us wonder about new ways of being church, this will be a crucial thing to keep in mind.”



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

3 responses to From Where Does Vision Emerge

  1. I concur. I think this ‘caster of vision’ thing is a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of spiritual fathering, or leadership. I believe that true spiritual fathers seek to draw out the vision that lies buried (or yet undiscovered) within those he’s leading. Not just to draw it out and help them to discover it (both shared and individual), but also to get behind and facilitate it as much as possible. The goal needs to be reproduction. Spiritual fathers reproducing themselves by raising others to maturity. That’s my 2 cents. Not new ideas, by any means.

  2. This post and Brother Maynard’s “Un-Conference” has me thinking about my past. You and I have talked a lot about this. . I talked to a leader the other week that took full responsibility for, in the past, making leadership all about himself. It was very refreshing to hear a leader so honest and straight forward about that.

  3. Well said, Sarah.

    Very cool, Rickard – and very refreshing, if a little too uncommon.


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