Having a vision? Finding a vision!

To be a boss, I don’t have to know where we’re going. I just have to be the person that leads the search.

Jad Abumrad – RadioLab founder

I find great comfort in this quote. As much as I dislike the word “boss” when it comes in reference to me, I am a leader who is often called upon to give a direction, make a decision, offer an opinion. I get it and am fine with it. But if I am quite honest, my strength isn’t necessarily knowing where we are going, but rather being okay with the messy middle between start and finish. Here is something I wrote about three years and continues to be my guiding light when it comes to visionary leadership:

Vision is a key for any group.  One of my primary roles is to communicate where we are going and why.  I believe that vision comes from God through the gifts and graces, the neighborhood and network, and the passions and desires of a local congregation.  My job is not to come up with the vision but to identify it within the people of First Church and then to communicate it. 

Therefore I see myself in the role of archaeologist and not visionary! I dig around in the stories of the congregation to find gifts and graces and identify where God is at work and then point in that direction.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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