It is that time of year when you are finalizing everything, closing your budgets, checking in on the completion of all goals, having your volunteer appreciation parties and more.
There is one more thing that is also on the mind of many as well, casting vision for the coming year. As I am working with several children’s pastors helping them prepare for this extremely important responsibility I am seeing a few mistakes that are popping up.
Here they are:
Nothing worse than casting vision in a monotone voice. You may not have the most charismatic personality but must still find a way to enthusiastically express your vision through your personality. You have to cast vision with passion or others wont be convinced that you’re convinced.
Some brief ideas to help you to carry out this:
* Be confident in what you have resolved as your goals, mission, and vision.
* Don’t try to present it like someone else. Be yourself and use whatever God has given you.
* Do some pre-sharing. Let it leak out in small groups of people. Hearing yourself say it again and again will build that excitement inside of you. After these pre-sharing times then take it to the masses.
Too Much Information
While it’s important for you to know the details of the vision don’t feel like you have to share ALL the details with everyone, all the time. When you share too much information you can actually dampen enthusiasm rather than inspire.
Rule of thumb: The bigger the audience the fewer the details you need to share. You can let them know there is a strategic plan, just don’t feel like you have to share the step by step details with the large crowd. This is better done in the pre-sharing groups mentioned in my point above.
It can be tempting for a leader to take full credit for the vision. But when we shine the light on ourselves we take the light off of the vision.
Rule of Thumb: When casting vision use the word “we” more than “I”. Show the listener(s) how they fit into the vision. Actually the words “I” or “me” or “mine” should really be words stricken from leaders vocabulary for the most part unless it is time to take credit for a mistake.
You may have a great vision but if you cast it at the wrong time you may do more damage than good. For example if you’re new in the role remember this principle: People buy into the visionary before they buy into the vision. Take the time to do the relational groundwork, build your credibility, prove authenticity, give people time to know you as well as know your vision. Take time to get key influencers behind and bought into the vision before casting it from a big platform.