Communicating Vision: Part One
by Jerry Harris, Reach Missouri Network President
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18)
For the last several months, I have been privileged to be in churches of all sizes, being able to work with pastors and church planters from all across the Southern Missouri District. During my travels, the following questions consistently arose: What is the difference between vision and mission? How do I communicate vision? And, how often should I talk about vision? (Do you see a trend?) All in all, people kept asking about this reoccurring theme—VISION. Vision is critical for a leader because, without vision, leadership fails, and “everything rises and falls on leadership,” according to Dr. John Maxwell. This principle is true in every aspect of leadership, and it’s even truer in ministry.
Jerry & Lisa Harris
PresidentJerry Harris is passionate about people and building churches to reach their communities. Before joining the Southern Missouri District as Church Planting Director, Jerry and his wife, Lisa, served as lead pastors at St. Charles First Assembly of God, guiding the church to grow and expand to reach St. Charles and Warren County, Saint Louis City and St. Louis County. They have been married since 1970 and have three married children with nine grandchildren. Jerry left a professional career with the railroad industry in 1982 to become a full time pastor. His formal education is in Business Management and he also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education from Global University. In addition to pastoring, the Harris’s have served as nationally-appointed U.S. Missionaries for the Assemblies of God to the inner city of St. Louis. Jerry is the president and founder of Inner City Ministries of St. Louis that planted and developed churches in St. Louis City and County and also in Washington Park, Illinois, and of Reach Missouri Network, a newly formed 501(c)(3) corporation that has enlarged and broadened the vision of ICM.