Is vision casting a team sport each day or a one man show on Sunday?
Part four of Church Unique transitions from articulation to traction. How does vision really nurture a redemptive movement? How do you wage war against the status quo after a clear vision is captured and communicated? Many leaders think Sunday morning is their biggest crowbar. But is it really? What about the other six days of the week?
This section of the book walks through the under-practiced concepts of alignment, attunement and integration. Alignment is the process of bringing all of the energy and resources and nuts and bolts of the organization into harness. The book shows how to create alignment through “persistent modification” that invents the future without compromising the past. Attunement, in contrast to alignment, is about the soft stuff of people’s minds and souls. How can the hearts of your people “sing in harmony” when the vision is cast? What do you do with those frustrating saints who never seem to get it? In treating alignment and attunement, guidelines are suggested for both entrepreneurial and established churches. Particular attention is given to focus- how to say “no” when evaluating new opportunities as well as outdated programs.
The final chapter of the book debuts Auxano’s Vision Integration Model. The model is a simple tool to equip your leadership for vision-centered dialogue and ego-free decision making. For many teams it’s way to difficult to talk through the barriers of ministry “silos,” fragmented initiatives, and over-programming. But there is a way through! The primary benefit of the Integration Model is that leaders can begin to think cross-functionally rather than departmentally. The model works equally well with traditional and emerging contexts, because it transcends the strategy and structure of different philosophies of ministry. The model has five components as illustrated below. For each component the book highlights three specific principles, providing fifteen principles of vision integration in total.
The Integration Model