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About Leadership Network xvii Foreword xix Introduction xxi PART ONE Recasting Vision 1. Unoriginal Sin: Neglecting Uniqueness 5 2. The Fall of Strategic Planning: Obscuring the Essence 17 3. The Iniquity of Church Growth: Caging the Kingdom 27 4. Lost Congregations: How Churches Adapt to the Vision Vacuum 40 PART TWO Clarifying Vision 5. The Good News of Clarity: Why Believe in Vision Today? 51 6. Clarity Pre-Evangelism: Softening Your Heart for Clarity 61 7. The Alpha and Omega of Clarity: The Ultimate Source of Vision 69 8. Hear the Cloud of Witnesses: Learning from Vision Legacies 75 9. Discover Your Kingdom Concept: How to Ascertain Vision 83 10. Take a Closer Look: Navigating Your Discovery Process 99 PART THREE Articulating Vision 11. See with New Eyes: Defining Your Vision Frame 111 12. Carry the Holy Orders: Mission as Missional Mandate 119 13. Feel the Common Heartbeat: Values as Missional Motives 128 14. Show Me the Way: Strategy as Missional Map 136 15. Talk the Walk: Measures as Missional Life Marks 151 16. Frame the Future: Preparing for a Vision Lifestyle 164 17. Speak with New Tongues: Articulating Vision Proper 178 PART FOUR Advancing Vision 18. Wage War Against the Status Quo: From Articulation to Traction 197 19. Meet Long in the Upper Room: The Secret of Attunement 207 20. Transform the Future: Delivering Vision Daily Parting Thoughts 215 21. Resurrect Your Uniqueness: If You Copy Someone Else's Vision, Who Will Accomplish Yours? 234 Appendix A Logos and Strategy Icon Examples 237 Appendix B Vision Path Examples 243 Notes 247 Bibliography 255 Acknowledgments 259 About the Author 261 Index 263

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THE AUTHOR WILL MANCINI, a former pastor, is the founder of Auxano, a national consulting group that works with traditional and emerging churches and ministries of all types around the country. Their mission is to navigate leaders through growth challenges with vision clarity ( ABOUT LEADERSHIP NETWORK The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network at


"[Mancini] gives a compelling rationale for the church to move on and accompanies this rationale with instructive support and church-wide challenge. All mission boards and vestries would benefit from the materials contained therein." ?The Rev. Jeffrey A. Mackey, The Living Church magazine (Sept. 2008) Mancini (founder, Auxano consulting group) believes that all churches need not be megachurches like Willowcreek (IL) or Saddleback (CA). Here, he avoids a mere discussion of churches worthy of emulation and further crosses denominational lines, having himself worked alongside Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, and others. Mancini eschews the title consultant , preferring instead vision navigator . In short, he helps leaders focus on their own unique cultures and congregational fingerprints. Once churches grasp that they are one of a kind-much like galaxies, fossils, DNA, and sandbanks-they can then, Mancini writes, unleash their full potential. The book, complete with an appendix as well as logos and icons illustrating various churches' visionary thinking, is strengthened by numerous flow charts, diagrams, graphics, and pithy quotes. It has the potential to unseat Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Church in popularity. Yet academic libraries may want to pass on this title for its admitted lack of supporting empirical evidence. Public libraries, on the other hand, would be wise to purchase a copy. With a foreword by inspirational giant Max Lucado. ?C. Brian Smith, Arlington Heights Memorial Lib., IL (Library Journal, May 1, 2008)

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