Leadership & Authority for Coaches, Part 2


July 5, 2011

How many times have you heard this from a leader you're coaching:  "I don't want to tell people what the vision is, I want it to come from them."   As a coach, what do you do when this situation pops up?  (This is the second of two posts...read the first one here.)

The second insight that supports a conversation about effective strategy in this environment is that vision originally coming from the people is not a solid Biblical idea.  Don't get me wrong, there are a couple stories in the Scripture where something bubbles up from the people and it ends up happening, but that way is always painful and it usually ends badly.  (Think Golden Calf in Exodus 32 or when the Israelites demanded to have a king starting in 1 Samuel 8.)  At it's most simple, we get into trouble when our plans don't initiate with God!

Here's how it's supposed to go:  God speaks to the leader of the community that has spiritual authority (see the last post).  The leader tests what God is saying, and gets feedback from his inner circle (the elders and other experienced people).  THEN vision is cast to the people.  At this point the people speak into the vision and shape it to fit the situation.   Ownership is built.  The leader isn't telling anyone what to do, but rather developing vision from a point of spiritual clarity.  

Think about every healthy change/vision casting/congregational health initiative you've ever been a part of...which option above was it more like?


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