Vision Pathway

What is the Vision Pathway?

The Vision Pathway is a one-of-a-kind process that provides a framework to deliver unique and comprehensive Vision Clarity for your organization.

We believe God is doing something cosmically significant and locally specific in your church. By engaging in a challenging process of praying, listening, and interacting with your team around certain key questions, it is possible to articulate the unique vision God has for your church and take practical steps to align your church to move toward that vision.

The Vision Pathway walks through 5 key steps.

 

Rethinking Vision

The first step on the Vision Pathway is to rethink your entire approach to vision. True vision isn’t something that can be copied from another ministry. Do you believe that there is a truly unique God-inspired vision for your church? What barriers or models need to be broken in order to find the unique calling God has for you?

 

 

Uncovering Uniqueness with the Kingdom Concept

Every church has a unique style and approach to fulfilling the Great Commission to make disciples. The Kingdom Concept should articulate that uniqueness by finding the overlap of three key elements—place, people, and passion. By understanding the overlap of these three unique pieces of your church, you can unlock your Kingdom Concept that articulates the essence of who you are.

 

 

Talking Up Vision with the Vision Frame

Missional vision will answer five fundamental questions in a clear, concise, and compelling way. Your unique vision is then articulated in a tool called the Vision Frame, which is made up of 5 key elements: mission (what are we doing?), values (why are we doing it?), strategy (how are we doing it?), measures (when are we successful?), and vision proper (where is God
taking us?).

 

The fifth element of the Vision Frame is so important to your ministry’s future that it becomes a separate step on the Vision Pathway.

 

Looking Ahead with Vision Proper

Vision Proper is the living language that illustrates and anticipates God’s better future for your church. It’s the language he will use to talk about the next hill and he will take together, painting a picture of where you are going. Vision Proper must include both inspiring language and a single, specific goal. The combination of these will propel your church forward toward the unique mission God has given you.

 

 

Living it Out with the Integration Model

Vision is realized only to the extent that it is integrated into the life of the church, one conversation at a time. There are five important areas of integration that transcend the typical silos of ministry. These areas form the Integration Model: Developing Leadership, Intentional Communication, Duplicatable Process, Compelling Environments, and Conscious Culture. Each of these areas require intentional and focused efforts to be properly aligned with the vision frame. Together, they form an incredibly strong framework of alignment and movement toward your mission.

 

 

If you would like more information about the Vision Pathway, you can download the free Church Unique Visual Summary or purchase the Church Unique book from our store.

You’ll find all sorts of resources to help you walk the Vision Pathway right here in the Vision Room. Or, contact us to set up a consultation with a trained Auxano Navigator who can walk alongside your organization, guiding you through the Vision Pathway.

The important thing is to begin to walk the Vision Pathway so that you articulate your unique Vision Frame. The resulting clarity in all facets of your organization will allow you to live out your vision in powerful ways, moving your church forward.

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— Emalyn
 
A year ago in December we moved from Texas to Montana. At a Christmas Eve service we were told we were in the way and had to move to a back wall and stand the entire service. As we have met new people I always ask what church they go to. This would be a great opportunity for someone to invite us to their church, but no one ever has. We were very active in our church for over 30 years. It is hard being an outsider and being the new person. But I will get there.
 
— Beth
 
I have a lot to say but I will try to condense it because when its long nobody reads it all. I have traveled around the world with my Air Force husband and have attended many churches. The main reason I selected a church to attend was because I felt God had led me there and I heard the Word preached by a man of God. Some people are not looking for the right thing so they are not going to stay at any church. I go to a wonderful church where all people are treated equally and guest are our first priority. LOVE is what people are looking for whether they know it or not and when a church is built on the love of God LOVE will surround them and draw them in its circle. The best way to find the church you are looking for you need to pray about it and go to more than one or two churches to find where God wants you to serve. God love you and wants you to be a happy Christian. .
 
— Barbara Johnson
 

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