A number of months ago I wrote a post talking about the new direction we were taking as a church and specifically as a campus. As we prepare to relaunch as a new, separate church, one of the major things we are spending time with as a Transition Team is developing a vision for this new church. I thought I would share some of our progress and process along the way, if you’re interested.
As we have just started to have conversations around what the vision of this new church might look like, I wanted to share some of my process in putting together some things to present to my Transition Team.
Time & Prayer
A handful of us as church staff attended a multi-site workshop at the end of July 2013. It was through conversations at this 3-day workshop that we came to the realization it was time to relaunch our 2nd campus as a new church. Immediately following that decision, I began spending time praying & daydreaming what this new church would look like and might become. I prayed daily for guidance, direction, ideas, & vision. I have spent the majority of my free time since then thinking about the exciting things God might do with us and through us. Prayer and time. Making time to pray and having time to simply think, dream, & plan.
In an attempt to keep the creative juices flowing, learn from those who have been there, and think outside of my little world, I’ve been reading a number of books that talk about vision, leadership, or anything else I thought might be useful. Here is a list:
“Church Unique” by Will Mancini
“Visioneering” by Andy Stanley
“Relaunch” by Mark Rutland
“Ultimately Responsible” by Sue Nilson Kibbey
“Simple Church” by Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger
“Communicating for a Change” by Andy Stanley & Lane Jones
A big part of my own brainstorming process involves a dry erase board and Google docs. About once a week I clear off the white board hanging in my office and start writing things down. Throughout the week as I’m sitting at my desk looking at the words on the board, other ideas or thoughts come along and I wrote those down. Once the board gets full or starts to move in a different direction or take on a different focus, I transfer the content into a Google document. It is during the “transfer” where I do my editing, giving more context or perhaps a tweak here or there. It’s from here that conversation with the Transition Team begins and we have something to shoot at.
Have you gone through a visioning process or find yourself in one now? Share your experience with us.