We all want direction in life.  When we are in an organisation whether a church or somewhere else we want our leaders to have a vision for us as individuals and for the group collectively. We want no need leaders to chart the course.

But what is charting the course? What is having a vision? Is it being able to predict what will happen in two weeks, two months or two years?

No, I don’t think so, for two reasons. Firstly I don’t know what is happening tomorrow so how can I predict what will happen down the road? Secondly, this practice is based on outdated 1980s style business management which the business world has done away with.

What I think we need to have a vision for is who we are as a community. So maybe we need to talk not about vision but identity. Leaders need to be able to define who we are as a community, who we want to be and how to get there.

This identity then permeates every aspect of the organisation so that everything is refreshed and pushed forward by this identity.

So as a leader do you have an idea of who the community that you lead is meant to be? Do you have an idea of how to get there? Does the identity of your community affect and shape everything you do?

 

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