- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: WestBowPress (January 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 151276986X
- ISBN-13: 978-1512769869
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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With those words, George Bullard states the first of 101 points in guiding churches to find “God’s empowering vision.” Each “insight” stands alone as a powerful idea. Together, they produce a clear process for churches wanting to discover (or rediscover) their vision.
Bullard demonstrates clearly why a single pastor cannot dictate a church’s unifying direction in following God’s call. Instead, visioning requires a movement in the church body. Bullard’s insights connect to the Bible, to sound leadership principles, to relational issues, and to practical matters. He lays out a clear strategy for how a church can walk together through the season of discernment, commitment to new direction, and launch a new future.
“Vision is not the pastor pushing the congregation forward. It is allowing the congregation to be pulled forward by God.” [pg. 3]
The challenges of pursuing God’s empowering vision are considered, too. A church can be too small, or too old (set in their ways), or unable to get 21% (Bullard’s minimum) of a core group on board with the process. Bullard continues by warning that visioning is not a one-time phenomenon. It takes considerable patience to walk through a thorough process. Sometimes, it must wait until other things are cared for. Sometimes, it must be broken up into pieces that are separated by time. In addition, progress must be celebrated constantly, and progress must be meaningful, or it will be lost. The biggest challenge, however, is growing a church into an envisioning culture by repeating this process every seven years.
Negative urgency is for the congregations who want to fix what is wrong with them. Positive urgency is for congregations who desire to soar with faith into a future toward which God is pulling them. [pg. 113]
Captured by Vision is a book to be read quickly, then reread slowly and deliberately, and then studied together by a whole church (at least that 21% of key members). It is the single best book I have read on helping churches discover their vision.
[My review from THE BAPTIST STANDARD's book reviews on March 15, 2017]
George's vast experience takes readers on a grand pilgrimage into how vision is found and followed. Some of George's insights are surprises, some are counter-intuitive, but all feed leaders' spirits. There are too many guidelines to master quickly, so let CAPTURED BY VISION soak in slowly and deeply. It will open your eyes and heart to God's future for your church.