How Vision Casting Begins
Casting vision begins with having an all-consuming passion for some form of ministry. It can be any aspect of ministry. It really doesn’t matter what the vision is; what matters is whether or not it consumes you to the point that it is your basic focus and mantra. If you aren’t consumed by the vision, and you aren’t casting it daily, you wont be able to communicate it in a way that people are captivated by it and remember it to the point they share
What You Preach Flows From This Vision
My first Sunday in the church I re-started and grew to one of the largest in South Texas I shared my vision with the congregation. The vision was to build a church of thousands that would change the face of the city. I used Acts as my point of departure and walked them through what grew the early church from a handful of misfits to one of the most powerful faiths on earth. For the next twelve months I walked them through every aspect of Acts as seen through the lens of the vision.
Because what you bring to a text often determines the truths that your bring out of it, it is imperative you have your vision in place. For instance; if I focus on Acts 2:42 I am primarily concerned with how the congregation cares for one another but if I focus on what happen in Antioch I focus on the growth of the church. So when attempting to cast a vision, it helps to choose texts that clearly give credence to your vision because any vision should flow from Scripture. Vision should determine what you preach not a lectionary
Whatever your vision it must be cast in a way that it captivates the imagination of the crowd. To do that you must be able to paint a picture of the vision. I remember working with a rather large church several years ago that was moving from a ten-acre site to a 200 acre site. The pastor took me to newly acquired parcel of land and walked me through it telling me about every building and ministry that would take place on the land once the project was completed. He painted such a grand picture I felt as if I could actually feel and touch the buildings and the ministries housed in them. But what really got me was the way he described the lives that would be changed in those buildings. It was like being there and experiencing the life changing events that would occur. I left there that day feeling as if I was part of something awesome.
Series Preaching Supports Vision Casting
It helps in casting a vision to use series preaching and to stay with the same theme for a period of time. Get clear on what the vision is and then work on driving it home. It’s good to remember that most folks forget what you preached in 48 hours!
Nehemiah taught us that people lose vision faster than they get it. He had to constantly remind the people why they were building the wall even though they could see the enemy peeping over the hills. Psychology teaches us that people can break a habit in twenty-one days. The same applies to losing vision. People easily become distracted and lose sight of the vision.
Make the Vision Part of Every Conversation
Cast the vision in daily conversation or when you’re at a meeting. Cast it in every setting. You will think you are overdoing it, but you won’t be. Vision can’t be over stressed There are two huge barriers to developing a culture of equipping: You and the congregation. Pastors have to be willing to give up doing ministry and laity needs to take responsibility for the ministry. Both of these changes go against the grain. Many pastors like to be needed and many laity thinks of their pastors as spiritual “hit men.” Neither of these attitudes is healthy.
The Four C’s of Effective Vision Casting
Ronnie Floyd describes the essentials of vision casting in what he calls the Four C’s of Effective Vision Casting – Clear, Concrete, Concise, Compelling. That just about sums it all up. If your vision contains the four C’s it will preach.