On “Vision Casting”

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pvawter's picture

When you define it that way, then it sounds horrid. On the other hand, if a pastor preaches the church's mission from a passage like 1 Peter 2, maybe the people will catch a vision of NT Christianity. You could call that leadership, I guess, but vision casting seems to fit, too.

TylerR's picture

Editor

This isn't a stand-alone article. I was simply posting the audio from Sunday School for my church. The "vision casting" dig was a humorous aside about (1) the stupidity of re-naming common sense leadership functions things to sound cool, and (2) how we don't need to spend time pondering what our mission is - Peter told us what our individual and collective purpose is - to be holy priests for God.

This isn't an article about "vision casting." It's a silly, deliberate sarcastic take on a contemporary trend that I personally find especially stupid. The real point is the audio. Jim posted this; not me! Smile

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Bert Perry's picture

My take on why it's obnoxious is that if we call it "vision casting", that implies the pastor has had a vision (kinda like in this song by Arlo Guthrie), and that in turn implies some kind of prophetic mantle on the part of the pastor, and that the congregation really has no choice, if they're spiritually minded, to swallow that pickle subscribe to the pastor's vision and plan. 

Unless indeed we cessationists are wrong, and the pastor does indeed have this prophetic gift, it's an intrinsically manipulative, abusive tactic.  Pastors who try this need to humble themselves and go back to the Word of God. 

And I don't want a pickle.  I just wanna ride on my motor bicycle.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Philip Golden Jr.'s picture

I'd just like to say that article was.... da bomb!

 

Phil Golden

TylerR's picture

Editor

Word, Bro. Golden.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?