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I took the following from the blog post excerpted from a book by Sally Morgenthaler…The question I want to focus on is third on the list. This is moving from community to communitas and I understand the concept, but have no idea how to actually mobilize a congregation to begin. I dare say it’s not happening from the pulpit, I’ve had a great preacher saying all the right things for two years. I think it needs to be cultivated via one-to-one relationships that are not afraid to ask the hard questions of people. By having those close relationships maybe I can ask, “Joe, you’re great at mobilizing people in your business to produce great products, how can I convince you we need your skills, your time, your effort to help us do kingdom work?” 

 Leadership in this century will be more about convening conversation:

  • What do the people see that needs to happen in their neighborhoods?
  • What gifts do they have for meeting the needs around them?
  • How can we gather people around a common vision and then release them to do what they’re really good at doing?




  1. How can we gather people around a common vision and then release them to do what they’re really good at doing?

    Step 1: Define the common vision. As the Book says “without vision, the people perish.” Before you begin to gather people around a vision, the vision has to be clear.

    Step 2: The people doing the gathering have to be living the vision. If the vision is “being in relationship with God and with humanity”, then those who are beging gathered (potentially) need to see the gatherers living out this vision. They need to be hearing stories of the vision playing out in the lives of leaders and they need to be invited along to experience the vision.

    Step 3: Those who get sold on the vision need to be shown how their specific gifts apply to the vision. The need to be given some definitives for how the vision plays out and how their specific gifts help make that happen.

    So, if the vision is “build houses”, the leaders need to be about house building. They need to share stories of houses they have built and the lives changed as a result. They need to invite others to help on the next house and they need to help establish whether the person helping is more of a hammer, saw, roofing, or painting expert.

    What they canNOT do is just talk a lot about building houses. They can’t say to people “I’ve heard that building houses is exciting stuff, you should really go build one.”

  2. for more on this, see my last post on your previous blog

  3. How do we extract the vision from the people? I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of a leader or leaders vision that does not match the vision God has for that particular people. I am afraid we tend to stop listening to the narratives of the people and how they perceive their stories unfolding within the larger story of God. However, for a church plant I would say it must be the vision of the leader who has hopefully consulted with God to see what He would have that leader do. Make any sense?

  4. Absolutely makes sense. I don’t mean to say that people should be left out of this process. I just mean that to draw people to a vision, there must be a clear vision laid out from the start. Whether it is a group of people or one leader, the vision must be clear.

    Then, of course, people gather around common vision to get into the nitty gritty of what it means and how it plays out. Rachel and I came to Austin with a vision. It was our own vision, but also born out of our own history and heritage going back 2000 years and more. A specific Austin vision developed out of that comission vision. Then we brought it to Austin and tried (are trying) to gather people around it. We gather them in by modeling our vision and inviting them into it. As they gather in, the contribute to and help shape that vision.

    The key here is modeling. Instead of our modern church model of “first belief, then belonging” we have to invite people to belong in order that they might believe.

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