Vision is something you hear a lot of nowdays in Pentecostal circles. Apparently you are supposed to have it, or at least follow someone else’s. Phil Pringle blogs about the importance of getting a vision. Someone mentioned “vision-casting” and I noticed that Rick Warren describes his own leadership in that way:
“I know my leadership style. I am a big-picture, vision-casting leader. Details don’t hold much appeal for me.
…. There is nothing inherently right or wrong about being a vision-casting leader. It is simply the way God wired me. He may have wired you differently.” Pastors who lead the way
In that article Warren quotes Management gurus as much as he quotes the Bible, and its clear that Warren’s methodologies owe a debt to Peter Drucker and other organisational theorists. He claims the vision-casting title for himself but then says that you may be wired differently.
The problem with the vision theory is that it relies on one person. You can’t have a hundred different visions in your church so you end up following the one vision of one leader. Is this what the five-fold leadership was supposed to be? Were there supposed to be five-different types of ministries distributed throughout the church or was there supposed to be one visionary operating in the five-fold ministry?