I’ve had this thought in my head for awhile…
Certainly we need to re-evaluate, re-phrase, and re-strategize as time passes and culture changes, but that’s different from abandoning a vision. I wonder if perhaps we’re not re-evaluating enough.
It seems like this is a pattern (of course, I’m only 31 [almost 32], and I’m not old enough to have seen one of these cycles in real life…take it with a grain of salt):
- Young, energized, entrepreneurial leader is unsatisfied with the status quo
- Therefore, he casts new vision for what church can be and plants a new kind of church
- Young leader is wildly successful in his 30’s through 40’s
- After 20 years, the benefits, faults, and consequences of this new model start to become obvious.
- A new young, energized, entrepreneurial leader is unsatisfied with the status quo…
What if, instead of starting a new mission, vision, strategy, etc. each generation, what if we fine reformed and tweaked the ideas of the past?
Here’s a gross generalization (I’m about to pretend I’m speaking about other people, but I’m really writing about myself and I give myself a nice title)
Young, visionary leaders tend to be…
3) Highly motivated
4) Frustrated with the status quo
5) Critical of the past
6) Of the opinion that they’ve got solutions to the previous generations problems
7) Looking to make their unique mark on the world