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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I'm lost, to say the least! As a new pastor, taking over a newly started church I have read just about everything there is to learn what I can do to grow the church. I truly beleive that those attending our church are friendly and sincere. So that can't be the issue. I have read all the comments to this article and I feel that most churches will never have a fair chance! We are a VERY small church, so we don't have a children's church (yet). So if a family comes and gets upset that we don't have a children's church for them to put their children into, we lose! We do provide things for their kids to do during the service and even have an option for their kids to be in a different room, if they don't want their kids to sit with them. We are also such a small church that we don't have a worship team/band/etc. Our worship music comes from music videos. The congregation we do have likes it this way, but of course we would love to have a worhsip team. So, if someone comes to our church and is upset that we don't have live music, we lose! The point I am trying to make is that when people come in with preconceived ideas of what a church should be like, they will never find a church home, unless they find a church who's goal is to entertain! Every Sunday our message comes from the Bible, so that can't be a complaint for someone, so instead, people leave the church and never come back because they want more from a church: they don't want friendly people who are following the Word of God; they want a church that give them something (a babysitter for their kid, entertainment, free gifts, etc.) I'm sorry if sound cynical, I truly want everyone to hear the Good News and learn about Christ's love, but if they come in looking for something else, then the church will always lose!
 
— JAG
 
Reminds me Tony Morgan's classic post entitle “What If Target Operated Like A Church?” I wrote about this in a blog post "Is Your Church Like Target…or More Like A Mall?" https://goo.gl/2qQIy3
 
— bruceherwig
 
Challenging and very good
 
— John Gilbank
 

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