Interpersonal Leadership: Trust-Building
“Vision: Inspiration for Trusting Relationships” (SL#81)
By Lloyd Elder, Th.D., adapted from SkillTrack® Vol. 7.2 - Trust-Building
(and from other SkillTrack® published resources)

1. Vision, Trust, and Your Role as Leader

Key text: 1 Cor. 4:1-2--“So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (NIV)

2. Biblical Teachings about Vision:

3. Creating Congregational Kingdom Mission and Vision

Kingdom mission and vision are tied together, sometimes treated as synonymous, in the life and work of a church. Just how does a congregation establish its mission and vision? Discerned only by pastor and the ministerial staff? No, but their roles are critically important. Discovered only by the individual members or as a church body? No, but members of the church should significantly participate in the process. Find your own place in this proposed mission and vision concept:

4. Ten Vision Leadership Practices that Build Trust

This concluding section provides for two of our hoped-for objectives for those who read this article, for those serving in the midst of congregations or ministry teams: 1) to suggest a summary checklist of vital trust-building practices, and 2) to facilitate an assessment of your best practices as a ministry leader. On the •___ of each of the following action descriptions, indicate with a number (from low 1,2,3,4, or 5 to high) the estimate of your performance as a vision trust-builder. The list is somewhat sequential but, in reality, is a connected cluster:

For Reflection and Assessment:

In conclusion, let me emphasis again that casting a “kingdom vision” enables a trusted leader to serve, not only the needs of the team or organization, but also to serve some of the deepest needs of the people involved. Ellen Castro in Spirited Leadership: 52 Ways to Build Trust on the Job, affirms that “spirited leadership that builds trust provides a vision:” (p. 70)

Three of the universal needs of people are fulfilled when a leader provides a vision. These three needs are: a sense of belonging, a sense of accomplishment, and a sense of recognition.
-- a sense of belonging to one another and a goal worthy of the efforts;
-- a sense of accomplishment and challenge on three levels: self, team, and vision;
-- a sense of recognition for the efforts of everyone on the team, with shared encouragement, victories, and disappointments.
The spirited leader takes every opportunity to communicate the vision, which is ethical, simple, and attainable. It is a vision that inspires the heart and provides clarity. With clarity and focus, the team experiences excitement, buy-in, and commitment.

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership