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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Great article as usual from Ed.
 
— Jim Bradshaw
 
I recently left the church where I had attended for 10 years & have been looking for another church home. I visited several in cities that were a distance away- 35 minutes, 1 hr & 1.5 hrs. I could see myself serving in any of those churches, but would like some place closer. I tried several in the town where I live, but no luck so far. One service was supposed to start at 10, but didn't start til 10:20 & the "announcements" took up- no exaggeration- 30+ minutes! THEN they called a guy up to "pray over the offering" He proceeded to whip the congregation into being cheerful givers: "What time is it saints?" [mumble, mumble] "I said, what time is it?" "HAPPY TIME!"- this went on for 15 minutes. ONE hour after their supposed start time, they actually began praise & worship! Another church I went to locally was ok, but the morning I visited there, near the end of the sermon, the pastor announced in his sermon, "I'm not one of those educated preachers! I'm just a simple man with a simple message; I don't get into the Old Testament & all the feast days & all that....I like to stick with the gospels." Nothing wrong with the Gospels, but it's like going to Golden Corral & only eating at the taco bar...good stuff but you're missing out on so much! Needless to say, that was my confirmation to move on... I'm currently driving 1.5 hrs on Sunday nights to attend an excellent church in Charlotte.
 
— Cathy
 
I have an autoimmune disorder. It would be nice if the 'meet & greet' didn't include "Shake the hand of 10 people" Basically it all seems so artificial anyway. Once you sit down can you remember that person's name, color of their eyes, anything they said? My church has an information area with a live person behind the counter. However, the person behind the counter is clueless as to what is happening at the church, which groups they have or where they meet. Basically that person can't answer any questions. The church also has a website. It informs you when the services are, a few of the groups that are available but very little information about what the groups entail or who to contact for each group. There isn't a calendar of events. They are very impressed with themselves since they have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on. Defeats the purpose if it's all about past events. The rest of the top 10 - luckily don't fit the church I attend.
 
— Jean
 

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