By Warren Bird
January 11 marks the official release of God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future, by Will Mancini and Warren Bird. This practical, step-by-step guide for articulating a “distant horizon” vision for your church fills a vacuum for churches caught, often unwittingly, in a generic vision that has failed to adequately mobilize their congregations. The book’s process includes many hands-on tools for tailoring workable strategies, both short-term and long term, to articulate and achieve your church’s vision. Will Mancini, known for his celebrated book Church Unique, pulls the best ideas from his many years of church team facilitation at Auxano, a nonprofit vision consulting ministry he founded just for the local church.
Just like a visionary restaurant needs a more specific focus than “serving food,” a visionary church needs something more than biblical generalizations like “loving God, loving people” or “making disciples and serving the world.” I believe you’ll find this book to be a groundbreaking work, with a simple and powerful planning method that will bring energy and focus to your church like never before.
To learn more, take a look at the book’s website, www.GodDrea.ms, and especially see Will’s video overview below.
See also the insightful reviews on Amazon, such as this one by Paul Pettefer, a pastor and missional entrepreneur