Creating a Personal Vision Statement

Use your journal to complete this exercise.

1. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Without a vision, the people perish.” How does vision affect our world?

2. Now, let’s look at Jesus and His vision for leadership. After reading this summary, describe how you believe our world would look if every leader embraced Jesus’ vision.

Jesus’ vision for leadership was and still is radical. He lays it out in Matthew 20:25-28:

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

He knows we’re wired for greatness, and He even affirms it. However, He does have a radical definition of it.

The world defines a great leader as having power over others by being the smartest, the richest, the sexiest, and the most powerful.

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you.

Jesus on the other hand defines a great leader as someone who strives to serve others.

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . .

Notice that Jesus doesn’t tell us to be “greater than”—that would be comparison. Rather, Jesus just tells us to become great. Because He knows that when we’re great, we’ll bring out greatness in others.

To be great, we need to serve. Being a great leader means using our influence to serve others not exploit them.

And a key way we can serve others and bring out their greatness is by:

Understanding God’s vision for us personally and how it fits into His overall plan.

Inviting others to join in.

Describe how you believe our world would look if every leader embraced Jesus’ vision: ____

3. Now we’ll begin to work on your personal vision statement. First, think about what you’re good at and about what you love to do. Jot down 2-3 things that you feel the strongest about. For example: Sports, reading, writing, helping others, etc.

4. Look at what you wrote down that you’re good at and what you absolutely love doing. Think about how you can use what you’re good at to serve others. Write a few statements down. For example: I love to read so I’m going to start a book club and invite/ include those students who are on the fringe. To get some feedback from others share your initial vision statement with someone you trust and ask him/her for comments and suggestions.

5. Think about other skills, talents or abilities you have and how you could use them to serve others.

6. What’s one thing you can do to bring out the “greatness” in others (your work group or your family) – what’s one way you can serve them? By now you should have a pretty good draft of your personal vision statement. Over the next few days or weeks, keep refining it as needed.

7. Write down one key take away from Session 4 and why you believe it’s the most important takeaway of the session.

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