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The senior pastor is a leader. As a leader he is responsible for catching and casting the vision. Dr. John Maxwell said, “everything rise and falls in leadership”. The future of the local church that God entrusted in to your hands depends on the fact whether or not you have a vision.
1. Maintains the order
Vision brings order in to ministry because each and every member contributes towards a common goal. When the pastor doesn’t have a clear vision others start doing what ever seems right in their own sight. It brings disorder and confusion in to the body of Christ.
2. Improves growth
One of the remarkable paradoxes of Christianity is that we nourish ourselves as we serve others. The serving Christian is a growing Christian (qualitative growth). Serving church is a growing church (quantitative growth). Vision calls people for service. Where there’s no vision people become idle consumers who selfishly seek to feed themselves. They become parasites in the body of Christ and hinders growth.
3. Protects the unity
Some one said “Team” means “Together everyone achieves more” – Wherever there’s vision people work with a team spirit towards the fulfillment of that vision. Where there’s no vision each individual believes what he or she is doing is more important than what the other person is doing. Unhealthy beliefs like this one brings competition into the local church, creates conflict and cause divisions.
4. Boosts productivity
Vision enables any pastor to focus the labour and resources on a goal. This makes keeping tabs on the progress so much easier. Some pastors are very busy in ministry but hardly accomplish anything at all. They don’t have a vision and just keeps shooting in the dark. It wastes their energy and resources and results in unnecessary burn out, frustration, disappointment and anger.
5. Creates momentum
Visionary pastors create momentum in the church because the vision itself motivates people to passionately move forward to fulfill the vision. When people move the entire church begins to move, picking up momentum. The church with momentum gradually spreads her influence over the community, city, country and even all over the world. The opposite becomes true when the senior pastor doesn’t have a vision. People slowly begins to settle down for less, growth comes to a halt and the church looses her momentum.
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