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God Dreams: A New Tool for Visionary Planning

By January 4, 2016 No Comments

By Warren Bird

Screen-Shot-2015-12-20-at-10.26.29-AMJanuary 11 marks the official release of God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future, by Will Mancini and Warren Bird. This practical, step-by-step guide for articulating a “distant horizon” vision for your church fills a vacuum for churches caught, often unwittingly, in a generic vision that has failed to adequately mobilize their congregations. The book’s process includes many hands-on tools for tailoring workable strategies, both short-term and long term, to articulate and achieve your church’s vision. Will Mancini, known for his celebrated book Church Unique, pulls the best ideas from his many years of church team facilitation at Auxano, a nonprofit vision consulting ministry he founded just for the local church.


Just like a visionary restaurant needs a more specific focus than “serving food,” a visionary church needs something more than biblical generalizations like “loving God, loving people” or “making disciples and serving the world.” I believe you’ll find this book to be a groundbreaking work, with a simple and powerful planning method that will bring energy and focus to your church like never before.

To learn more, take a look at the book’s website, www.GodDrea.ms, and especially see Will’s video overview below.

God Dreams Promo from Auxano on Vimeo.

See also the insightful reviews on Amazon, such as this one by Paul Pettefer, a pastor and missional entrepreneur

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Warren Bird

Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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