On February 21, 2013

Inspi(re)ality: Josh Ross on a Restoration Vision (Video Interview)

All this month on Inspi(re)ality we’ve been talking about the importance of churches having vision, and practical ways to help get there. Last week, I sat down with Josh Ross, the preaching minister at the Sycamore View Church of Christ. They’ve just rolled out a new vision for their church,  and so I was asking him about what this process had looked like for them.

In the Interview I asked Josh 6 questions:

1. What led you and your church leadership to casting a vision at your church?

2. How did you and the church leadership go about forming and casting the vision?

3. How did you communicate to the church at large about the vision?

4. Your vision is called “Restore” Why that language?

5. Have you seen any differences in your church since launching a new vision?

6. What about the preacher of 100 member church? What suggestions do you have for them to help cast a vision in their context?

What I love about Josh and Sycamore View is the way that they love their city, and have communicated an externally focused vision. For examples on the testimonies Josh was talking about in the video, here are some links to the videos they’ve used to communicate their vision repeatedly. 

You can follow Josh on Twitter, and look for his upcoming book (that I highly recommend) called Scarred Faith.

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  • mattdabbs

    I would love to hear a discussion on how you see the Stages of Change at work within trying to move a congregation in a particular direction – http://www.uri.edu/research/cprc/TTM/StagesOfChange.htm

    In the things we have tried it has played a big role in knowing our people and knowing how fast to move and how to help them navigate the change based on where they are within those 5 stages. Thoughts? I give full credit to our youth/family minister Joel Singleton for pointing this out and helping implement and work through this in the congregation.

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  • http://stormented.com Jonathan Storment

    Joel is a great guy! I’m glad you two work together, I haven’t heard/seen this particular model of it before, but Ben Siburt (our Executive minister) talk a lot about Kotter’s work about “selling the problem” and I see that in this. I think that’s one of the most important, and most forgotten steps when it comes to implementing movement. Thanks for pointing this resource out Matt!