I’m a big fan of getting things done. Not everything, mind you — but important, life-changing things. I have a friend in ministry who knows how to get things done. We grew up in the same church, and even when we were kids he had a tendency to dream big. Sometimes they weren’t very good ideas (Dude! Let’s hook this sled up to the back of your car and pull it around the church parking lot during a board meeting! What could possibly go wrong?) but other thoughts he had were downright genius. I’m not sure if he was getting these ideas directly from on High or if it was just a result of growing up a little bored by church but he got things done. To this day, I know him to be the guy who comes up with an idea, runs with it and gets it done.
Everyone comes up with ideas. That’s fairly easy. It’s implementing these ideas and seeing them through to completion where we fall short. We see this not only in ministry but across the board in corporations, non-profits and even our own homes. I still haven’t finished filling in that sink hole that formed in by back yard. Last year.
Intentions are always good but sadly make very little difference in the Kingdom. We don’t read the book of Acts and see a bunch of dreamers saying “wouldn’t it be nice if we did this?” We read the book of Acts and see, well… acts.
This is the dark side of visionary leadership. We put a cubic ton of stock into visionary leadership and figure that someone else will make it happen. We’ve all read this stuff and I think it’s true — we need visionary leadership. But we actually need (bad word) management. Visionary management. Leaders in the church who have a dream given to them from the Chief Visionary and can see how we get from here to there. I used to aim to be a visionary leader. Now I want to be a visionary manager.