I’ve been part of the ministry team of The Leadership Institute for twelve years this Fall. What an amazing ride it’s been! We recently did some work again on our statements of vision, mission, strategy and legacy. You’ll learn a lot about who we are and why we do what we do.
The Leadership Institute Statements
Our vision is to see churches, seminaries, mission agencies, and marketplace organizations transformed so that…
- deep unhurried intimacy with Christ,
- vulnerable communities of compassion, and
- Spirit-empowered mission in the world
…become central to leaders and followers in these organizational settings. We believe this will require a reversal of the collapse of space and time embedded in significant portions of these structures, which can only be accomplished by the in-breaking of God’s reign.
Our mission is to help raise up a generation of Christian leaders who listen to God, embody His character and extend His kingdom in their spheres of influence. Our mission’s goal is the imitation of Jesus’ patterns, not the hurried leadership patterns that dominate culture and church in which the collapse of space and time has suffocated communion with God and community with one another.
Our strategy, therefore, creates unprecedented time and space for God in the leadership settings of seminaries, churches, mission agencies, and marketplace organizations so that deep spiritual formation is integrated with leadership development. The courses we teach and the leadership training we provide devote at least one-third of its time devoted to practices of intimacy with God and burden-bearing community. Only if such patterns are deeply rooted and integrated throughout a church or organization will empowered mission emanate. For twenty years, The Leadership Institute has pioneered this radically different kind of leadership development.
Our desired legacy over the next twenty-five years is to see a number of churches, academic institutions, mission organizations, and market place organizations in North America transformed into models in which these patterns are embedded throughout their structures and to see Leadership Institute teams emerge in various parts of the world that could leave similar legacies on their continents.
By the way, one of our training presentations points out that writing a statement of vision or mission can never produce transformation in an organization. Saying we want something to be true doesn’t make it true. A statement of mission or vision can only support the kind of transformation that is fruit of the actual way of life of those who lead. Are they living the vision and mission?
For example, if a church says that they envision themselves as a church who prays, but there is no time actually built into the fabric of services, gatherings, leadership meetings to actually pray, then the statement is an empty one.)