Shouldn’t all of our leaders attend? God’s Way is to give His vision to His leader. Think of Abram leaving his home or Moses on Mt. Sinai. Other leaders are deeply involved after the vision is given. When Moses received God’s vision for the Tent of Meeting, the specifics — crafting the implements of worship — were completed by other leaders – Bezalel and his skilled artists. But the vision was given to Moses.
Simply, God is faithful. If you are confident that you have the right leader, God will impart the vision. In addition, your consultant will guide the process and help your leader articulate the message.
There are many reasons why a leader cannot accomplish this on his own. Sometimes, leaders hear and see the vision, but have a hard time translating it into words. This is not the leader’s fault, it just may not be in his skill set. Sometimes leaders cannot, by themselves, get away from the clutter of everyday life and into God’s meeting place without an agenda to do so. Even if they are able to get away, some have difficulty separating God’s vision from man’s vision.
A Christian school is a spiritual undertaking and must be approached God’s way. The Biblical model for vision setting is clear: God gives vision to the leader and the vision resonates in the heart of the praying believers who fast and pray for that leader.
Given the realities of 21st Century life, only an objective, spirit-filled, pastor — leader can enter into the holy place where God gives His vision to your leader. Everyone else in your community has a history with your leader that can result in “man’s vision” getting in the way of God’s vision. Your consultant will assure that the articulated vision is truly God’s.
Quite the opposite! You are, like Aaron and Hur, holding up Moses’ arms. What would have happened if Aaron and Hur did not uphold Moses’ arms? We can speculate on the outcome, but two things are certain — Aaron and Hur fulfilled their responsibilities and they were vital in the process.
As co-laborers with your school leader, you are vital in the process. In the Prioritization Seminar you will help implement the vision. You will count the cost, measure the impact, develop an implementation plan, choose a project manager and set accountability standards.
Brain-storming sessions and strategic plans have their place, but only when they are guided by God’s vision, clearly articulated by your leader.
There are many times in a school – ministry’s life when visioneering is crucial.
- Before a school is announced to the public
- When major changes — like capital campaigns, church/school liaisons or separations – are needed or contemplated
- When a major crisis presents itself
- When the school seems “stuck in mediocrity”
- When a new leader takes over