What is the difference between being a good leader and a visionary leader, and why does it matter?
A good leader can effectively carry out a plan. A good leader can assess a situation and strategically lead. But a visionary leader can better see where God is leading, and is able to inspire others to join Him in His endeavor. See the difference?
You may be thinking that you are not a natural visionary leader, but be reminded that you have been born again, and it came with the anointed creativity of our Father God and Chief Visionnaire.
Allow me to share three activities you can use to unleash your inner visionary:
1. Identify and appreciate the value of other visionary leaders.
Early on in my ministry, I recognized that one of my mentors could clearly sense what God would have her do. As such, she was always able to accomplish it, no matter how daunting the task seemed. Because she felt led by God, she could easily compel other believers to rally toward this God-ordained cause. I watched her closely until I was able to recognize and cultivate the same ability in my own ministry life.
2. Think big picture and become process-driven.
God is both “big picture” and process-driven. Everything He developed is inter-related in some way to accomplish a goal. Everything is purposefully set in motion-just look at the seasons and how our bodies function. A visionary leader can see a God-inspired “big picture” and weave it throughout the ministry of the body of Christ that it compliments. A visionary women’s ministry leader does not burden the body with another program or flavor of the month initiative, but can pull together people and resources to enhance their church’s mission and vision through the women’s ministry function.
3. Imagine and collect great ideas.
This is the fun part! Keep track of great ideas and imagine some more! Discern and capture every little inkling from God. Take note of what other churches do, along with other social events and work-driven processes that catch your attention.
After all of this, watch and pray. Don’t be surprised when God takes bits and pieces from things He has put on your ministry radar and forms them into a thoroughly well-put together exploit for your women’s ministry!
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
Leave a Comment: Share some of the visionary ideas God has placed within you! Have you seen them come to fruition, or are you in the very beginning stages?