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January 2012 Newsletter

JCG NEWS

 New Book Available

Joel Comiskey's new book,  

Schedule for 2012

JCG event 2012

Day with Joel Comiskey, Mario Vega and JCG Team on February 25, 2012. The 

event will be held in both Spanish and English in Richardson, TX (12 miles outside Dallas).
 for a limited time 
  
Sale on Comiskey books
(prices that are far better than amazon.com by $4.00 to $10.00)

----most books now available as PDF downloads

--How to be a Great Cell Group Coach (8.95, down from 18.95 on amazon) 

---Appointment with the King (8.95)

 --Relational Disciple(10.95) 

--Church that Multiplies(9.95)

--Planting Churches that Reproduce  (8.95)

--You Can Coach (9.95)

--All training track material: 7.45 each or 32.95 for entire set

--All Touch Publicationbooks for 12.95 ($5.00 under amazon.com pricing)    

January Ministry

 

January 5-8, 2012: Charlotte, North Carolina. Both English and Spanish ministry in Matthew UMC. Contact person: Diana Wingeier- Rayo

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Visionary Leadership

Scripture tells us, "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). Some translations use the word "revelation" (NIV) or "prophesy" (RSV) instead of vision but the idea of "future direction" remains the same. Vision starts with God and is communicated through leaders.

Vision doesn't spring from the leader's own human whims and emotions; rather, God communicates His vision to us and even gives us the grace to respond. Bill Beckham writes: "Vision is not something I catch but something that catches me. I do not act upon this vision, it acts upon me....A vision is something working in our lives, not something we are working on" (Second Reformation, p. 223). 

On a human level, perhaps vision can be best described by the relationship between the architect and the construction workers. Before the actual construction can begin, there must be a blueprint. This is the lesson that Stephen Covey would have us capture. He refers to vision as the first creation. Covey believes that it is the leader's primary task to nurture the first creation. Others might put the vision into practice, but leaders birth the vision. 

I've worked with a lot of pastors and leaders down through the years, and I've noticed that visionary leadership plays an essential role to move the church forward and to preventdiscouragement in the face of obstacles.  

I just returned from Brazil where I taught a conference at an amazing cell church of 3000 cells and 25,000 people. When I first heard the senior pastor speak, I thought to myself, "This guy is a visionary leader." He clearly communicated with the new church plant the reason why they were gathered, and the exciting future they should pray and work for. Everything he said was soundly based on Scripture. He wasn't simply pumping up positive thoughts and personal dreams. Rather,he preached biblical reasons for multiplying cell groups that reach lost people for Jesus. 

Most churches are smaller and in countries not experiencing the same revival as Brazil. In a smaller church setting with harder soil, the lead pastor must encourage members and cell leaders to press on and believe God for miracles. The tendency in such difficult situations is to express doubt and frustration. Visionary leaders, on the other hand, cling to God's promises and declare them to the people. 

We are now in 2012, a year pregnant with both exciting possibilities and difficult challenges. This month, on the JCGblog we will be exploring different aspects of visionary leadership. Experienced cell church pastors will write 20 blogs on the topic of visionary leadership throughout the month of January. If you'd like to receive these blogs daily via email, please sign up HERE. We'll cover:  

  • Week 1 (January 8-14): Why vision matters. Without a clear vision, the congregation can become discouraged. Visionary pastors guide members and cell leaders to keep pressing on in spite of difficulties.  
  • Week 2 (January 15-21): God's Word fuels the cell vision, and, in fact, is the only basis for long-term, fruitful ministry. A pastor needs to constantly go back to the biblical foundation for cell ministry. 
  • Week 3 (January 22-28): The balance between transparency and vision. Pastors need to be real and share their hurts and struggles as well. Having said this, it's important for a pastor not to share doubts about the vision / direction of the church. We will explore this more. 
  • Week  4 (January 29-February 04): Refueling the vision. Pastors and leaders do become discouraged. How can a pastor be picked up in the cell church vision? Some key ways are: God's Word, JCG blog, reading books, cell conferences, personal coaching in cell ministry.

What do you personally believe about visionary cell leadership? Are you practicing it?  Please comment on this topic, click HERE.   

 Joel Comiskey