Is Your Vision BIG Enough to Scare Great Leaders?

[fa icon="calendar"] October 21, 2015 / by Ray Van Gilst

road_leading_to_horizonA.W. Tozer said, "We have been born of God and our Christian hope is a valid hope! No emptiness, no vanity. No dreams that cannot come true. Your expectation should rise and you should challenge God and begin to dream high dreams of faith and spiritual attainment and expect God to meet them. You cannot out-hope God and you cannot out-expect God. Remember that all your hopes are finite, but all of God’s ability is infinite!"

Think about it. Is there a higher or more urgent calling than accomplishing the mission of the church? And yet, so many churches limp along satisfied with incremental progress and minimal commitment. Starbucks sometimes seems to have a more urgent mission than many churches do. That just shouldn’t be true

Here are the facts:

  • High capacity visions attract high capacity people.
  • High commitment environments attract highly committed people.
  • The lower your bar is, the lower your chance is to accomplish anything significant. Big leaders are not stirred by small dreams.

What can you do that can help engage high capacity leaders?

Become passionate about an inexhaustible vision.

One of the things I love about leading a ministry is that the mission is never done. High capacity leaders love visions that are much bigger than themselves.

Ask big.

Asking someone to join an inner circle and engage intellectually, spiritually and even financially calls out a different kind of leader than the call to simply hand out programs and smile on a Sunday. High capacity people are drawn to high levels of challenge.

Be innovative.

As the church moves into the future, I think experimentation and innovation are going to be hallmarks for churches that are effective in reaching the next generation. Being willing to do things in different ways will attract the best minds, hearts and intellects to the mission.

Continually point toward why you’re doing what you’re doing.

High capacity leaders want to accomplish something bigger than themselves. There is no mission bigger than the mission of the church. Remind them regularly of giving their lives to a higher cause.

Value input.

Leaders love to be heard. You do. I do. High capacity leaders don’t always need to be right, and they don’t even need to always get their way. But knowing that their input is valued is huge. Listen as you lead.

If you’re having trouble engaging high capacity leaders, your problem might not be that you’re asking too much – it might be that you’re asking too little.

Leaders lead so that those they lead can succeed, stepping into God’s promise for them.