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Scripture tells us, "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). This passage most likely refers to receiving a word from God rather than to imagination or modern "vision statements." This possibility is reflected by the fact that other translations use the word "revelation" (NIV) or "prophecy" (RSV) instead of vision. Regardless, the idea of seeking and seeing direction for the future remains. Vision starts with God. Vision is most often communicated through leaders.
On a human level, vision can be described by the relationship between the architect and the construction workers. Before the actual construction can begin, there must be a blueprint. Stephen Covey refers to having a vision as the first creation. Covey says that it is the leader's primary task to nurture the first creation-the vision. Others might put the vision into practice, but leaders give birth to the vision.
Vision does not come from the leader's own human abilities and wisdom, but from connection with God and his will. God communicates his vision for the world in his Word. God's vision is consistent with his purpose and eternal plan. Bill Beckham writes: "Vision is not something I catch but something that catches me. I do not act upon this vision, it acts upon me.... A vision is something working in our lives, not something we are working on." (Second Reformation, p. 223) Visionary leadership is essential for moving the church forward and for preventing discouragement in the face of obstacles.
Think about your experience. Have you ever known a visionary leader? What characteristics or qualities cause you to identify a certain person as a visionary leader? Consider the following possibilities.
May God develop among us visionary leaders who will help the church move forward aggressively in response to God's will.
*adapted from Joel Comiskey