As leaders, we often think in terms of vision casting. It’s our responsibility to discern where God wants us to go and then to paint the picture for those we lead. In many respects, this is a top-down process. We hear from God, our churches/members/employees hear from us.
I also believe part of our mandate as leaders is to help bubble up vision from within the hearts of those we lead. God doesn’t speak only to me; he is constantly at work in our world to establish his kingdom. As a leader, I need to be sensitive to what God is saying to those around me.
What are their dreams? What inspires them? What is gaining momentum in their lives?
Casting vision isn’t always about shouting from the rooftops; it’s just as often about keeping an ear to the ground.