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Will Mancini is the founder of Auxano, a growing, nationwide nonprofit church consulting group. As a recognized thought leader and church vision consultant, he leads a team of “navigators” who help hundreds of churches each year to better realize their vision. He is also the creator of visionroom.com and the author of several titles including Church Unique and Innovating Discipleship. A seminary graduate, he has served on pastoral staff of the church where he is still an active member. Learn more at willmancini.com and follow him on Twitter at @willmancini.

Warren Bird, Ph.D., is an award winning author (ECPA Gold Medallion and other awards) who has written or collaboratively authored 27 books for Christian leaders. With background as a pastor and seminary professor, he currently is director of research and intellectual capital development for Leadership Network, a nonprofit that helps leading churches move from ideas to implementation to impact. He is one of the world’s leading researchers of megachurches and multisite churches. Follow him on Twitter at @warrenbird.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (January 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143368845X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433688454
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has been said that a person becomes an expert after doing something for ten thousand hours. "God Dreams" is the fruit of Will Mancini's ten thousand hours of consulting among a diverse array of evangelical churches in North America.

"God Dreams" forms a counterpoint to Mancini's earlier work, "Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement" (www.churchunique.com). "Church Unique" (whose content is summarized in an appendix of "God Dreams") introduced Mancini's process for discerning the answers to the "five irreducible questions" of an organization—its "Vision Frame"—which describe what makes one's church different from ten thousand others. A church's answers to the first four questions—its mission, values, strategy, and measures—are permanent or nearly so. But the fifth question—"Where are we going?", answered with "Vision Proper"—changes with time. "God Dreams" is a vast expansion on how to discern Vision Proper and how to lead according to it.

Part One of "God Dreams" ("Restart the Conversation") outlines why visions and dreams—including in an organizational sense—are essential for the church, for the kingdom of God, and even simply for being human. Chapter 3, "Obsessing with Now," contains an astoundingly provocative and inspiring list of "twelve compelling reasons to think long."

In Part Two ("Discover Visionary Planning"), Mancini introduces the tool that is the core of the book, the "Horizon Storyline." The Horizon Storyline is the picture in the middle of the Vision Frame.
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Most churches have a generic sense of their vision rather than a clearly defined and contextually crafted vision, according to Will Mancini and Warren Bird in this book. In the world of vision, generic is an enemy; specific is your friend. Settling for generic will suck the life out of a church, and the people won’t even know it.

But how exactly do you go about finding God’s specific vision for your church? There are limitless directions in which a church could go, and it seems impossible to know where to start and who should be involved in the process. This book answers these problems by providing clear directions about using your leadership team in the discernment process and how you can use templates to get you started.

Starting with the templates, the discernment team seeks to discover which templates represent both their deepest longing as leaders and the future toward which their people will respond most heroically. The top templates are fused to create a single idea for a long-term vision, which is then focused and sharpened. The most important building blocks for the next 3 years are then identified, followed by the single most important focus for the coming year and the key immediate initiatives required over the next 90 days. What you end up with is a compelling long-term vision and a basic outline of strategies to get there.

In my opinion this is an outstanding book, the most helpful book on church vision that I have read. Most church leaders believe in the importance of painting an attractive vision of the future which motivates people to high levels of generosity and kingdom service, but their efforts so far have not achieved the desired results. This book might provide the spark that sets the compelling vision on fire.
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While God Dreams is great for Every Influencer in the church, I'll tailor this encouragement for the Senior Pastor: Leading a church, being the guy at the tip of the spear, it's not for the faint of heart. I congratulate you on following Jesus thus far! Your job requires a lot from you. The urgent needs are pressing, relentless. I know you have established rhythms that bring you joy in ministry and others that foster productivity. I AM HERE TO URGE YOU TO MAKE A RHYTHM FOR VISIONARY PLANNING, and God Dreams is your best resource to go next on that journey. My friend Will Mancini is handing you the field-proven fruit of his well over 10,000 hours of leading church leaders to amplify their efforts toward this rewarding end. You will not find a more insightful guide to help you navigate from the meandering pools of the generic to the Flowing Spring of Visionary Clarity.

I've had your job, as a Church Planter, and I've worked for you, as a college pastor at a large church. I know the pressure you are under to have all the answers. Breathe in the provision that our Heavenly Father has for you in God Dreams. I am hearby giving you permission to release sole custody of preparing all the Vision stuff on your own! Maybe Vision is your best thing, and you coach others in your circles on vision. Sweet! Buy 5 copies, because God Dreams will soon be your go-to resource for helping your friends! If Leading or Serving or Teaching is your best strength, then God Dreams will help you and your team build on what you have to discover the narrative God is doing with your church and how to draw that out so your entire church catches on. What will they catch on to? The Bigger Narrative of God's Vision for your church, a compelling picture of your future.
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