Thanks to all the friends in ministry sending me thoughts as Patrick Lencioni speaks to church leaders at the Global Leadership Summit. I lead a clarity focused consulting group called Auxano that creates tools and guides process work for church leaders. Because so many are using the Vision Frame tool (over 30,000 church leaders have engaged the tool) I wanted to quickly relate the clarity questions that Lencioni uses in the Advantage, which, by the way, is one of the best clarity resources out there.

QUESTION #1: Mission or Missional Mandate or Purpose

  • Lencioni: Why do we exist?
  • Vision Frame: What do we do?
  • Mission is a clear, concise expression of what our church is ultimately supposed to be doing.

QUESTION #2: Values

  • Lencioni: How do we behave?
  • Vision Frame: Why do we do what we do?
  • Values are the shared convictions that guide the actions and reveal the strengths of our church.

QUESTION #3: Strategy

  • Lencioni: How will we succeed?
  • Vision Frame: How do we do what we do?
  • Strategy is the picture of process that shows how we accomplish our church's mission on the broadest level.

QUESTION #4: Mission Measures or Life Marks

  • Lencioni: What do we do?
  • Vision Frame: When are we successful?
  • Measures are the attributes or characteristics in the life of the individual that reflect the accomplishment of our church's mission.

QUESTION #5: Vision or Goals

  • What is most important right now?
  • Where are we going?
  • Vision is the living language that illustrates and anticipates God's better future for our church (one  year from now).
QUESTION #6: Responsibility
  • Who is responsible for what?
  • The Vision Frame does not go into this level of detail

The Vision Frame focuses on the five irreducible questions of clarity. Most clarity frameworks have four or five questions, including Peter Drucker who had five. The beauty of the Vision Frame is that all definitions, process tools and resources are theologically connected and focused for practical local church leadership. No other resource out there has as much time and proven church leadership behind the creation of our tools.