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Contents Introduction: What Happens When the World Changes? l. First Create Trust Trust Is the Foundational Competency for Effective Change. Trust Required for Leadership Components of Trust Trust Becomes Leadership Through an Inspiring Vision 2. Define Your Congregation's Reality Oblivious to Reality Prophetic Description Before Description Differing Views of Reality Seeing the Whole Picture Using Questions for Insight, Not Blame Reframing Intervention Options for Leaders 3. Discern a Vision What Is Culture? The Power of Organizational Culture Your Congregation's Story What about the Bad Things in a Congregation? Finding a Bridge to Your Congregation's Next Chapter Your Congregation's Next Generation Becoming More of What You Have Always Been 4. Identify Key Phases of the Visioning Process Phases of Thriving and Declining Organizations Renewal Through Revisioning Is Possible Searching for God's Vision Listening with a Spiritual Ear Vision Is Not Created But Discovered Looking for Clues Negative Clues and Positive Clues Chaos and Visioning 5. A Model for Visioning Difference Between Mission and Vision Mission - What a Church Exists to Do Congregational Identity (Who We Are) Internal Congregational Context (What's Going On Within the Church?) External Congregational Context (What's Going On Around Us?) Gathering Input for the Visioning Process Interlocking Circles Strength in Recurring Themes Vision Who Names the Vision? Who Does the Visioning? 6. Take the Next Step View Change from the Perspective of Others Pacing Change and Regulating Pain Need for Planning The Leader as Storyteller Stay on Message Live Your Way into a New Way of Thinking Support the Vision and Align All Systems "Wear" the Vision Recognize the Vision Attend Carefully to Relationships 7. The Power of Vision Vision Permeates Everything Vision Is a Field of Energy Vision Produces Leaders Vision Produces Miracles 8. Persevere Perseverance is the indispensable competency for lasting change. Cathedral Builders Everything Looks Like Failure in the Middle Obedience and Patience No Guarantees Stay Alive, Keep Praying, and Keep Working Appendix: Other Visioning Models Notes
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Christian leadership