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Category Archives: Vision

Passengers, Crew Members, Stowaways, & Pirates

One of the books I want to read next is Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement by Will Mancini. The book is intended to be “a field manual” based on Mancini’s “vision work and missional coaching with church leaders.”

Awhile back, I downloaded a free visual summary of the book (see churchunique.com). There’s a lot of good stuff there, but the part that’s stuck with me—the part I’ve quoted a few times here and there—is this …

There are four kinds of people in your church when it comes to vision.
Passengers to nurture and challenge
Crew members to equip and empower
Stowaways to find and convert
Pirates to confront and eliminate

It reminds me of Aubrey Malphurs’s early adopters, middle adopters, late adopters and never adopters. Mancini’s terms are more fun and descriptive, and certainly more provocative, especially “pirates.” Pirates are never adopters, but they’re more than that—they work against the vision!

Most churches (especially small churches, or larger churches with a small church mentality) never reach their potential because they are unwilling to confront the pirates. Until they confront the pirates they will always be held hostage by them and the vision will not be realized!

Good stuff. Help the Passengers, Crew Members, and Stowaways embrace the vision. Don’t let the Pirates keep you and your church from pursuing the vision God has given you!

The Price of Vision

In preparing for last week’s spiritual formation time at my monthly Matthew 28 pastors group meeting, which I wrote about recently, I came across (and used) a couple great quotes from Andy Stanley’s Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision. Stanley talks about what it takes to pursue a vision. Any vision worth pursuing…Continue →

Impatience vs. Urgency

Following up on my Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry post, I’ve been mulling over the difference between urgency and impatience for a while now. On the one hand, impatience is obviously a bad thing. But I believe that having a sense of urgency is a good thing. What’s the difference? Impatience is defined as … a dislike…Continue →

Tomorrow

Sometimes “tomorrow” is a bad word — “Instead of doing (fill-in-the-blank) today, I’ll do it tomorrow!” (i.e., procrastination). But, other times, tomorrow is an inspiring word. Tomorrow gives us the opportunity to dream, envision, and plan for the future. Tomorrow is an opportunity to take what we’ve learned yesterday and today and apply it on…Continue →

Why We Blog

During this transitional time in our lives, it might be a good time to recast the vision for this blog. This blog started out as a place for us to post summaries of our sermons (in late 2004) and it has broadened over the years. The current tagline of our blog is: Life. Leadership. God’s…Continue →

Back on Mission

It’s our first day back to work (after parental leave). As we get back to the cause of leading our churches in mission, I’m thinking about an image I saw while we were in Korea. During our tour of Kwanglim Methodist Church, I saw a large wall poster of John Wesley on horseback, which included…Continue →

Interconnectedness

I just wrote this for our charge’s (monthly) church newsletter (November 2007) … Currently our sermon series is based on Acts 2.42-47, which gives us a snapshot of what the first century church looked like. They were a faith community, living their lives together, giving away their lives to others. Being together lends itself to…Continue →