I confess. I like to be around visionaries. Not the wide-eyed nuts who say they talked to God last week and have a revelation about the apocalypse. But leaders who inject hope about the future, particularly about the future of the church.
Seth Godin writes, “Leadership comes when your hope and your optimism are matched with a concrete vision of the future and a way to get there. People won’t follow you if they don’t believe you can get to where you say you are going.”
Enter Will Mancini. In his book, Church Unique, he explores a new model for vision casting and church growth that has been tested with leaders in all kinds of congregations. His book is a practical guide for leading a church into the future. As a consultant, Will helps churches create movement to accomplish a vision. Anyone can have a big idea, but leaders have a way to get there.
In his book, Mancini has an excellent discussion of defining what success looks like in the disciple. He calls these “marks.” He defines “marks as a set of attributes in an individual’s life that define or reflect the accomplishment of the church’s mission.” Here is why he says the church is unsuccessful in making fully devoted followers of Jesus:
- Few churches or Christians have a clear and measurable definition of spiritual success.
- We have defined discipleship as “head knowledge” rather than complete transformation.
- We have chosen to reach people in random, rather than in systematic ways.
If your church or mission organization needs help in casting a vision and creating movement, you need to read his book or better yet, contact him for a consult. Here is a clip of Will at the Innovation3 conference: