Mancini, Church Unique 3: Articulating Vision

In the third section of Church Unique, Mancini helps the reader to effectively communicate the mission/vision.  He takes a missional approach to the mandate, values and strategy of the church.  This leads to strong and effective metrics and a visionary life in the church.  The end game of this part of the process is that the ‘vision proper’ is well communicated and effective as a rally point for the church.

  • p.122, “In discussing barriers to growth, most churches lose sight of the taproot issue: the redemptive passion of their people’s hearts.  Someone once said that a thousand people hack at the branches of evil for every one that hacks at the root.  Turning the statement around for church growth, I would say there are a thousand who fertilize the branches for every one who fertilizes the root.  When it comes to growth challenges, leaders jump too quickly to the branches: parking lots, seating capacity, finances, staff, and so on.  But when God’s people are deeply stirred with redemptive passion, the church becomes and unstoppable force, hurdling other barriers with ease.  The question then becomes, What is keeping your people from strengthening their redemptive heartbeat?”
  • p.149, “programs don’t attract people; people attract people.”
  • p 156, “A shared definition of a follower of Christ takes blood, sweat, and tears to develop.  It also takes a lot of egoless clarity.  One exhortation I often give leaders is that they don’t have the right to invent their own language with every initiative or every ministry department.  There is too much at stake.  Even a small church has so much communication complexity that people won’t catch the measures if the language is not clear and aligned.  In fact, it takes consistent use of the same language over three years for the culture to be affected.  If various team members change the language, they are always resetting the three-year counter back to zero.”
  • p.175, “As soon as we define [the vision] as living language, we can rearrange the expectations of what vision is about.  As soon as vision is unshackled from the vision statement, we put it back into the people’s hands and it becomes a part of daily life.  Missional leaders crystallize their reality to see life as a sequence of vision-casting opportunities.  Pushing the future forward is the natural inclination of the apostolic bent.”
  • p.176, “Missional leaders must excel beyond their mentors at developing teams that cast and carry vision daily.”
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