“Sustaining Leadership Practices for Church Growth in Cambodia” / Part 17 /



2.1              3.1.  Effective Leaders forged vision


No vision, no mission! The church can't grow except vision and mission. But what does it suggest with the aid of vision? In response, this group of theologians, Elmer Towns, John Borek, and Danny Lovett has described that, “vision is a clear mental portrait of a preferable future, communicated via God to His chosen servant-leaders, based totally upon an accurate grasp of God, self and circumstance.”[1] Somehow, congregations would love to see their leaders have a clear vision and dream, but some leaders no coronary heart to forged their vision. That’s why some leaders are regularly stuffed with much frustration, disappointment, and dissatisfaction from their church. Therefore, leaders are wished to be regulated to the environment of the church and solid imaginative and prescient as a similarly channel for the church and its growing. The advantageous leaders see how things could be and see how things might be, for they are based on an correct perception and training from God. On the other term, some may define “vision” like intuition, presentiment, awareness, instinct or sense. Then in every step of life of wonderful church leaders have to be in a position to dream, conceive, elaborate, makeup, clarify, cultivate, develop, foster and forged vision. One of the influential in leadership and management philosophers Peter Ducker presented, it is the superlative, probably even the only, way to foretell and count on the future is to create it.[2]


On the one view, the dialogue on the topic of vision and dream is meant to alarm and browbeat many nearby church pastors and leaders, due to the fact there are many of them simply experience unhappily inadequate in this field. In the other way round, it looks that this is a topic that full of or loaded with misunderstanding, fabrication, misconstruction and on occasion even completely cheating or trickery. Unfortunately, some leaders even get fail in their ministry due to the fact of the cast the incorrect vision. A query needs to be requested here: how frequently have pastors and church leaders received a “vision” from God for their ministry, mission, congregation, and church? How pastors or church leaders recognize that this “vision” is from God? Not the fraud one. From the biblical study in the Old Testament time, some false prophets declared to see a imaginative and prescient from God however as the result, they had been failing in their declaration. On pinnacle of that, the false prophets may also declare to have a imaginative and prescient from God and declare that this is the phrase of the Lord got here to me, however they expectantly painted placid images portraying a pseudo-peace with their self-inspired words[3]. Their persuasive ministry appealed to determined people searching for best options to challenging issues and birthed a transient revival of false hope[4]. Ezekiel the prophet of God wrote that “And the world of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, prophesy in opposition to the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to these who prophesy out of their very own heart, ‘Hear the phrase of the Lord!’ Thus says the Lord God: ‘Woe to the foolish prophets, who comply with their personal spirit and have considered nothing! O my Israel people, your prophets are as like as foxes in the deserts. You have no longer long gone up into the gaps to construct a wall for the residence of Israel to stand in conflict on the day of the Lord. They have anticipated futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has no longer dispatcher them, but they hope that the word might also be confirmed. Have you no longer seen a futile vision, and have you no longer spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says,’ however I have not spoken’”[5].


On the other view, if we refer this to the church leaders; it skill that whilst the nearby church leaders are embracing the false visions; then at the same time it additionally makes many of the godly church leaders to apprehend higher what is the imaginative and prescient from God and how to are trying to find this variety of vision. Normally, the godly leaders forged imaginative and prescient as they comply with God’s coaching and are searching for His assist by using prayer, not by means of their own spirit. The church certainly needs fantastic leaders and those leaders need to be leaders with clear vision from God. In the bible, there had been many excellent examples to show about the “vision” which was once without delay communicated to them through God; however, there were many others models the place leaders become aware of and experience a vision, or they are even trying out a possible direction. For instance, the vision of Nehemiah, that I have mentioned a lot in chapter 2, about the partitions of Jerusalem’s re-building. Truly, the imaginative and prescient did not come with any direct word from God, but it is born out of Nehemiah’s heart in tune with the Lord. One greater example, the Apostle Paul wrote that he had been so much hindered from coming to the church in Rome.[6] Sometimes, leaders cast imaginative and prescient but their visions can be hindered from many one-of-a-kind things, that’s why leaders need to make it exactly about the idea of vision whether or not they are going to be in a position to create a desired future. At remaining however now not least, in order to demystify about Moses’ mission, God allowed him to see a burning bush, grew to become the stuff into a snake and turned the snake returned to the stuff. Those who were the things which Moses got a godly vision for his ministry as being a leader. Respond to our time, church leaders and pastors no want to see the burning bush, what they need is solely to sense a burning bush in order to have this godly vision. Effective leaders want to sense an internal vision towards the agenda of God and from the agenda of God toward God’s glory.


Churches cannot grow, churches cannot go somewhere else, and churches can't amplify their ministry if they don’t have visionary pastors or leaders. A church leader is leading his or her church barring     vision; it capability that the church cannot make any movement. If the church can't make any movement, it capacity that the church cannot grow. If a church cannot grow, it skill that the church is going to die. Therefore, imaginative and prescient is so necessary for leaders and the church’s health. Why is imaginative and prescient so important for leaders and the church’s health? Leaders besides vision, the church can't clarify its destination. Leaders besides vision, the church can't encourage its congregation. Leaders besides vision, the church can't unify its participation. Leaders barring     vision, the church can't categorize its expectation. Hence, vision solidifies the church’s motivation and it additionally helps to measure the church’s development. In the book of Proverb says that the humans will perish if there is no vision[7]. While imaginative and prescient is totally important to church management and management, then how do churches leaders and pastors acquire visions for their ministry? John David said that, “Those whoever desire to get full of visions from God they need to earnestly pray to the Lord and then God will put visions in them. Visions are born when church leaders and pastors see a awesome opposite between how things are and how they have to be”[8]. Church leaders and pastors ought to see matters otherwise from us.


Three authors,  Lane Jones,
Reggie Joiner, and Andy Stanley, agreed that “The congregation have to be more determined than any different type of company to ‘clarify the win’ surely because the stakes are so a good deal higher; Eternity hangs in the balance.”[9] However, there are many church buildings in Cambodia are nonetheless unclear on the most essential issues of church leadership and management. Somehow, I totally agree that it is handy for churches to be uncertain or no longer notify on their fundamental ministry missions and visions. And I additionally understand that it is very challenging indeed to formulate a forcing imaginative and prescient when the leadership is doubtful as to what its priorities are.  Again, however, the most integral characteristic of church leadership and pastoral management now are to make it clear about what their churches are to do and about what their churches are to be. Among pastors, church leaders, and congregations as to what God expects of churches or any its ministries, there  be absolutely no misunderstanding, disagreement, controversy, and break up that let church buildings dying. Every pastor, leader, church worker, volunteer and the member has to observe each and every week whether their churches are increasing (growing, winning) or reducing (dying, losing). That’s why some church buildings constantly count their participants week by using week. Truly, they have to conscious the rating of their churches.


To make it quick at this part, I advocate that each and every church desires leaders that full of clear vision and dream. Leaders have to learn how to put their visions earlier than the congregations. But how do leaders observe and switch their visions? First of all, I assume that leaders need to see it themselves very precisely; in reality, they can't be aware or transfer something that they can't see. Next, they ought to be able to communicate it out accurately and creatively so that their congregations ought to apprehend and as properly as being capable to grab preserve of it. Intimately, they have to be able to illustrate it persistently. In other words, imaginative and prescient ought to be constantly or ceaselessly placed before the humans as a reminder of their goal.[10] “A chief is a provider in hope”[11], a famous quote from Napoleon Bonaparte. Church leaders are without a doubt special from any other variety of secular world leaders; the secular world leaders need to cast a imaginative and prescient that pushing humans to fulfill their requirement, however Christian leaders forged a imaginative and prescient that does carry hope to the church and its members.


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