I’ve heard Andy Stanley say that vision “leaks.” Here’s what he means:
Vision doesn’t “stick,” so you need to continue to cast the vision of your organization. If you don’t continue to cast that vision, it disappears from the hearts and minds of those in your organization.
And I agree with that.
But let me put a twist on it.
Vision “leaks.” Here’s what I mean:
If you cast your vision well, then everybody in your organization will “leak” that vision on a consistent basis.
You’ll see the effects of clearly communicated mission and vision in all of the different areas of your organization. As people put on the lens of the worldview of your church, every idea that they have and every plan they make will fall in line with the vision you’ve cast. It will leak onto everything they touch.
The goal of casting a vision is that people would not just nod their heads in agreement. You want people who buy in so much that they become marketers and salesmen of the vision themselves, working to persuade others that their vision is too small, too weak, and too bland. In effect, they begin to do the same thing that you do: cast vision.
But the vision has to start “leaking” with you. If you’re not invested to the point that the vision “leaks” out of you in your conversations, ideas, current plans, future plans, and how your corner of the organization impacts the rest…then you need to ask God for a new vision. Because if it’s not leaking out of you, then I can guarantee it’s not leaking out of those you’re leading.
If your vision isn’t “leaking,” maybe you should recast it.
Or get a new vision.
Have you ever seen your vision “leak” in the way I’ve described it, leaking out to others inside and outside the organization?
Ever had to recast that vision because it quit “leaking”?