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6 Signs You Are Coasting on Original Vision

I was recently dialoguing with a very successful pastor about the ten-year vision horizon of the large church he pastors.

He made a striking comment.

“I don’t want to coast on original vision.”

It made me wonder, how do you know if you might be coasting on a vision that “used to be?”

1. You use adjectives that position the vision as historical: original, founding, previous, last season, former chapter, etc.

2. You have increasing realization of how far God has taken your ministry in the last five or ten years.

3. You actually feel less excited about the ideals, aspirations, or pictures of the future you used to have.

4. People around you express more questions about the future and show increasing curiosity for things like clarity.

5. You don’t hear younger generations say anything that resembles the vision as it was previously expressed.

6. You have updated your campus or changed your key players once or twice without revisiting the vision.  

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Will Mancini emerged from the trenches of local church leadership to found Auxano, a first-of-kind consulting ministry that focuses on vision clarity. As a “clarity evangelist,” Will has served as vision architect for hundreds of churches across the country, including such notable pastors as Chuck Swindoll and Max Lucado. Will holds a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and has authored Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture and Create Movement; he also co-authored Building Leaders with Aubrey Malphurs.