Casting the Vision Daily To Keep Your Team Aligned – Breakout Notes


The following is my talk outline for my Casting the Vision Daily To Keep Your Team Aligned talk given at the 2013 Orange Conference.

If you have questions feel free to leave a comment. In the meantime, here’s my talk outline.

Alignment is such a key issue for leaders. More than almost anything else, misalignment can derail even the clearest and most compelling vision. We’ll look at how leaders get misaligned and what you can do to keep your team on the same page.

1. In a perfect world, alignment would be automatic.

2. A leader never has to work at getting a team unaligned – it happens all by itself.

3. Organizations naturally grow toward complexity, (inner) competition and confusion.

4. Over time, minor misalignments become major gaps and, as a result, the common mission is lost.

5.  Just because you start in the same place doesn’t mean you end up in the same place.

So how does misalignment happen?

1. Misalignment rarely happens in a church on the mission and vision level

2. Misalignment almost always happens on a strategy level.

3. In particular, strategically unaligned programs become divisive because what you’re involved in becomes the mission

4. Leaders forget to talk about why we do what we do.

Why unites

What and how divide

Five Ways to Build and Keep Alignment

1. Take personal ownership of the strategy as leaders by:

1. Creating clarity around strategy.

2. Eliminating all competing programming (less is more).

3. Creating a common language.

4. This greatly reduces personal agendas.

2. Empower people who are already onboard.

a. Some of them are on your team…some are not.

b. Look for like minded leaders…with a proven track record.

c. Focus on strategic alignment, not just missional alignment.

d. Use financial records if necessary…giving is evidence of where the heart truly is.

e. Prioritizing the “who” of team will reduce friction and speed alignment as you discuss the “what” of ministry.

3. Build trust.

a. Trust is easiest relationally when people are aligned missionally.

b. Trust impacts speed:

i. Where trust is low, speed goes down and costs go up.
ii. Where trust is high, speed goes up and costs go down. (see Stephen M.R. Covey…Speed of Trust)

4. Eliminate alignment killers:

a. Unclear wins.

b. Ministry clutter.

c. Infrequent communication (your mission vision and strategy should never be ‘old news’ to anyone)

d. Infrequent relational deposits.

e. Infrequent follow through.

5. Stick to your strategy long enough to see if it works.

a. People aren’t used to alignment.

b. People aren’t used to clarity.

c. People are used to getting ‘their own way’

Ultimately, people gravitate toward a clear and compelling mission, vision and strategy.

And eventually, they even align themselves around it.

Those are my breakout notes. For more information on aligning a team, you can read this post that outlines 5 things I learned from North Point about team alignment.

What questions do you have about keeping a team aligned?


  1. santé on May 18, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable people in this
    particular topic, however, you sound like you know what
    you’re talking about! Thanks

  2. samhamstra on April 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for this session at Orange! It was a blessing, and I had a ton of takeaways and implemented a few things already yesterday with our team!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on April 30, 2013 at 6:44 am

      You are welcome Sam. So glad to hear about the implementation already!

  3. Chuck on April 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Where do you draw the line between “celebrating” giving and boasting about it as an organization? Where does this cross the line and become Pharisaic? (cf. Matt 6). Jesus said to keep that a secret for very good reason.. How does this apply here (or does it)?

    • Carey Nieuwhof on April 30, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Great point Chuck. This isn’t something to be trumpeted for sure. But in the same way that I look for leaders willing to serve, commit to community and who invite friends, I also look for leaders who are financially invested (the size of the investment is far less important than the sacrifice it represents). Because as Jesus said, where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. I just think that’s true. It’s not the only factor, but it is a factor.

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