Monday, October 4, 2010

Book Excerpt #13 (Vision)

It's been WAY to long since I've posted a book excerpt from Outsourcing God. This one takes us into the 3rd part of the book. Part 3 focuses on Vision (possibly the most important thing discussed). So here ya go...excerpt #13 from my upcoming book, Outsourcing God.

© 2010 Ross Christopher Donaldson. Outsourcing God.

In the book of Proverbs it warns, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18). There’s no beating around that bush. It’s about as clearly stated as anything I’ve read in the bible; and that’s because it’s absolutely true.

It’s funny (or sad) to me how many churches, organizations, and businesses have these huge, well-written, almost poetic, vision statements. These statements should be leading the charge and directing the strategies and motion of the masses, but from my observations, typically the vision is only understood by a very select few at the top. And the effect is dissatisfied and frustrated leaders and confused members, employees, and patrons.

You see, without a clear vision, everyone is left up to their own interpretations, gimmicks, causes, and eventually you’ll find yourself spread so thin you’re accomplishing nothing. In saying that, I fully understand that the causes can be really great causes; that the gimmicks may really work; and that the interpretations may be pure. But in the end, lack of clear vision will disrupt true progression, unity, and you’ll be left sorting out a mess.

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