Over the last month I have been studying several new books on leadership and several new articles. I am once again persuaded that the most important quality for a leader is vision. The second most important quality is the ability to communicate the vision. The third is to choose a leadership team that can embrace the vision and put the details of execution on the vision.

Leaders fail most often because of the third quality. Leaders pick team members who agree with everything they say rather than challenge and work together for consensus. Leaders choose team members who have hidden agendas and do not embrace the mission vision and values of the leader. Many leaders choose a team to small for the task.

Based on my research I believe leaders have a responsibility to the organization to carefully choose their lead team members to balance their own strengths and weaknesses. They must pick team members who are loyal to the mission, vision and values by action not lip service. Leaders must pick team members who will speak the truth in love.

Proverbs 29:18 says
Where there is no vision, the people perish.

The organization can not live without vision. No church can live, be healthy and thrive without a vision that comes from God. If the pastor does not receive the vision from God the vision will not manifest. When the vision is from God and the people reject it then we are faced with rebellion against God. Many churches are faced with the challenge of accepting the person called to lead and the vision that comes from God without having much input. This leadership principle is challenged from the beginning since most people can not distinguish the difference of hearing from God and hearing from the preacher since the vessel is the same.

Godly vision eliminates self promotion, self centeredness and selfish pride. Sure signs that the vision is off track if when there is more preacher promotion rather than ministry promotion, even when the church members refuse to do the ministry themselves. The pastor can not be the one doing all of the evangelism, all of the outreach, all of the preaching, all of the singing, all of the planning, all of the care for the building etc……

Challenge your pastor to write out the vision so that the discussion of the vision and the communication of the vision is clear.
Hab 2:2 – Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.

Leading by Example

Rev. William T Chaney Jr
Senior Servant Leader
West Baltimore UMC
5130 Greenwich
Baltimore, MD 21229
(410) 945-8397
West Baltimore UMC: Transforming the 40 West Corridor by Being and Making Disciples for Christ