How To Make Your Vision For 2011 A Reality – 34 Leadership Lessons From Buckhead Church’s Jeff Henderson

Do you have a BIG vision for 2011? If you’re reading this site the chances are that you do. At the very least, you want to see something happen great in your life. The question then becomes how do we make that happen?

Are there success links that if applied will position our vision to be fulfilled? Are there mile-markers along the vision path that tell us we’re making progress? Is there a way to know we are doing the right things as we steward our vision? The answer to all of these questions is “YES”!

On November 9th, 2010 I was involved in the creation and putting on a conference to help leaders impact their communities more effectively. The keynote speaker of the day was Jeff Henderson, former Vice President of Chic-Fil-A and current campus pastor at Buckhead Church in Atlanta. Jeff gave an incredible message on the subject of vision. I am honored to pass his insights along to you.

Introductory Statements

  1. One of the greatest gifts to the church is Twitter.
  2. “We’re not here to build a program. Programs start big and die quickly. We’re here to build a movement. It starts slow and overtime builds.”
  3. “I want to help a school that needs the most help and has the best potential.”
  4. I want your cash…all of it. And every bit will go to buy shoes for kids at Woodson Elementary (Atl).” – Henderson told his church on Father’s Day 2007.

Vision Is A Team Sport

  1. We think of vision as solely for the communicators or point leaders. Vision is team sport. It’s football. Vision is for all. It’s not golf.
  2. Vision-casters are vision-carriers. Vision-carriers are vision-casters.
  3. “What we need is not new insights. What we need is what we already know.” – Mark Twain
  4. The long-range impact of vision casting depends on the number of vision-carriers moving and carrying the vision forward.
  5. The four words that limit the vision of any organization: “It’s not my job.”

3 Things All Leaders Must Do To Make Vision A Reality’

  1. Cast It
  2. Live It
  3. Celebrate It

I don’t want to be the Good Samaritan.  I want to put street lights on the Jericho Road.  I want to clean the road up.  I want to create a city of peace, goodwill, and love.” – Martin Luther King Jr. as told to Ambassador Andrew Young

3 Levels Of Vision Buy-In At Your Church or Organization

  1. Level 1 – People buy-in to the vision in order to benefit from it.
  2. Level 2 – People buy-in to the vision in order to contribute comfortably to it.
  3. Level 3 – People buy-in to the vision enough to give their lives to it.
  • If you’re in the church (or an organization), you’re a vision caster.
  • Your role as a leader is to convince people if they don’t join your movement they will miss out.
  • Your role as a leader is to also move people from Level 1 and 2 to Level 3.
  • Most people in Level 1 are complainers.

What Vision Is NOT

  1. Vision is not limited to a one-time event.
  2. Vision is not information.  Your people are saying “Don’t inform me. I am already bombarded with information. Inspire me.”
  3. Vision is never urgent until it’s too late.

Prioritizing Vision

  1. Vision must be put on your calendar.
  2. Each day ask “What did I do today to build the business?”
  3. Make people feel uncomfortable with the statement “I did nothing today to build my business.”
  4. What did I do today to cast vision for my church?”
  5. Vision is daily.
  6. Vision is consistent.
  7. Vision not repeated is just a one-time dream.

How To Start A Movement

  1. Start where you are.
  2. Use what you have.
  3. Do what you can.
  4. Know that vision-casters and vision-carriers are great story-tellers.
  5. You have an incredible vision-casting tool called a Thank You card.  My goal is to send three handwritten cards daily…Here’s how you helped make the vision a reality.

I trust these insights will help make your vision a reality in 2011?  What have you done previously that has made vision stick and have traction?

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

14 Responses to “How To Make Your Vision For 2011 A Reality – 34 Leadership Lessons From Buckhead Church’s Jeff Henderson”

  1. I don’t normally comment on blogs.. But nice post! I just bookmarked your site

  2. This is an amazing post and timely for me! Thanks. Brian!!

  3. I´m reading this form Dominican Republic and just found out this site. Three words: Thank you, thank you and thank you.


  4. Brian, thanks for your excellent notes on an excellent talk. The point that resonates with me most is…

    >>Your role as a leader is to convince people if they don’t join your movement they will miss out.

    That really challenges me to dream big. If my vision is small, boring, and low impact, no amount of vision-casting is going cause people to feel like they’re missing out if they don’t join in.

  5. Brian,

    After further consideration, the Lord told me that the ‘world’ deals with Image and the Lord’s plan is defined by Vision.

    Image – Imagination of the natural mind, …….
    Vision – Divine inspiration from Father God,……..

    As you see the thought is not fully outlined, but you get the point.

    There may be many ministries initiated on man’s good intentions or imagination as opposed to the Lord’s vision?
    The NewAge theology is all based on imagery or illusion.

    – Image vs Vision
    – Mind’s Eye vs Faith
    – Charisma vs Anointing
    – Illusion vs Substance
    – Man’s Perception vs God’s Provision
    – Compartmentalization vs Openness
    – Diversity vs Integration

    If your concept to ‘Do Some Purpose’ make sure it is a Vision from God and not a vain imagination from your mind.

    If you can imagine or visualize your ministry, please, please, please stay home!

    • Dan,

      I agree. Anything done outside of God’s leading is hay, wood, and stubble and will simply have no eternal value. We all want to be leaders with a God-given vision. At that point, we do need practical insights on making that vision a reality.


  6. Thanks Brian, It is so easy to slip into the managing people trap when they really need inspiration. The results I’ve found are burn out, isolation, and frustration.

    I needed this wake up. Thanks!


  7. Thanks that really fired me up!

    • Jeff,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post!!! Hearing your comments fires me up! I’m praying your church changes your community and the world! Keep me updated on your ministry moving forward.



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