Leadership Vision

Dr. David Shibley

Leadership Vision

Embrace visionary leadership for the Great Commision.

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Watch, listen, and learn as David Shibley shows you how to unlock visionary leadership for the Great Commission.

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Leadership Vision

Brad Andrews sits down with Dr. Berin Gilfillan to discuss vision in the local church.

Course Overview

Leadership Vision is a comprehensive exploration of the biblical foundations and practical aspects of inspired headship. Participants will delve into key topics, including recognizing and embracing God’s inspiration, cultivating qualities essential for God-inspired direction, transforming Divine inspiration into reality, understanding the alignment of personal and Divine dreams, and implementing effective strategies for funding God’s plan.

Course Description:

This course provides a deep understanding of God-inspired direction through biblical narratives and contemporary applications. Participants will study the importance of aligning personal purpose with God’s inspiration, exploring qualities exemplified by biblical leaders like Joshua, and learning practical steps for translating Divine dreams into impactful ministries. The course also addresses the global perspective of God’s inspiration, emphasizing individual and collective roles in fulfilling the Great Commission. Additionally, participants will gain insights into strategic funding, recognizing God’s provision and implementing principles for financial stewardship in ministry.

What You’ll Learn

  • Recognizing and embracing God’s direction for impactful authority.
  • Cultivating essential qualities of a God-inspired leader through biblical examples.
  • Transforming Divine inspiriation into practical ministry through strategic steps.
  • Aligning personal hopes with God’s global plan for the Great Commission.
  • Understanding the responsibility and privilege of global evangelism.
  • Implementing effective strategies for funding God’s plan, including faith-filled giving and discerning the Spirit’s guidance.

Who Should Take This Course:

This course is designed for individuals aspiring to leadership roles in ministry, current leaders seeking to enhance their creative skills, and anyone passionate about aligning their life with God’s purpose. It is suitable for pastors, church leaders, missionaries, and believers committed to making a positive impact on the world through God-inspired direction.

Note: The course is open to participants from various denominations, backgrounds, and levels of experience in ministry.


1. Embracing the Vision
In the first session, “Embracing the Vision,” participants are urged to recognize the crucial role of visionary leadership in fulfilling the Great Commission. The session emphasizes the biblical concept of vision, distinguishing it from personal opinions or group consensus. The focus is on aligning one’s life with God’s purpose, drawing inspiration from the call of Jeremiah. The lesson outlines key principles, highlighting the importance of embracing God’s Divine plans, recognizing personal value to the Kingdom, speaking as an oracle of God, diligently engaging in God’s work, seeking revelation through prayer, and sowing in faith for a harvest. The overarching message is a call to live with purpose, aligning one’s life with God’s Divine plans to impact the world positively.
2. Qualities of a Visionary
In “Qualities of a Visionary,” participants explore the essential attributes exemplified by Joshua, a paradigmatic figure in effective leadership transitions. Emphasizing the precious nature of Divine plans, the session underscores that those entrusted with a vision must undergo private tutelage by the Holy Spirit. Drawing parallels between Joshua’s journey and the contemporary Church’s season of transition, the lesson outlines ten qualities of a strategic trailblazer. These include having a forward look, embracing one’s inheritance, demonstrating boldness in the face of opposition, acknowledging God’s constant presence, possessing the courage to lead, and prioritizing God’s Word. The session also introduces the concept of crossing one’s personal Jordan, inviting participants to experience a life marked by miracles and divine interventions.

3. Focusing the Vision
Building on the qualities of God-inspired authority explored in Joshua’s life, ‘Focusing the Vision’ navigates ten crucial steps for transforming Divine plan into reality. Participants are guided to know, trust, and develop their spiritual gifts, receiving a God-given plans for ministry. The session stresses attempting endeavors that magnify God’s glory and encourages unwavering faith in fulfilling one’s calling. Practical advice includes developing a devotional plan, aligning personal dreams with God’s plan for nations, and prioritizing goals with Dr. Ralph Mahoney’s guidance path. The vital role of the Holy Spirit in empowering and guiding the seer is underscored. David Shibley emphasizes aligning personal dreams with God’s Divine plan through faith, practical planning, and reliance on the Holy Spirit.

4. God’s Vision and Your Vision
In “God’s Vision and Your Vision,” the session explores God’s purpose for instilling faith, power, holiness, and prosperity in His people. Emphasizing personal plans development, it underscores aligning individual dreams with God’s global plan—to bring all nations under Jesus Christ’s Lordship. Grounded in the Great Commission, the lesson stresses international ownership of evangelism as believers globally share the privilege and responsibility. Encouraging participants to personalize their role in fulfilling the Great Commission individually, corporately within their church, and collaboratively with the entire body of Christ, the teaching highlights the call to bear abundant fruit, specifically the harvest of precious souls worldwide. 

5. Funding the Vision
In “Funding the Vision,” the session unveils the bottom-line of God’s blessing—being recipients to become blessings. Echoing the covenant with Abraham, David’s prayer in Psalm 67 emphasizes the responsibility of Abraham’s seed to extend blessings globally. Transitioning to funding God’s plans, the lesson asserts that God provides strategies and resources, contingent on sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. To secure God’s favor, aligning plans with God’s strategy and timing is crucial. The teaching outlines ten strategies, including forgiveness, faith-filled giving, tithing, gratitude, seizing opportunities, wise risk-taking, discerning the Spirit’s prompting, and transparently sharing the strategy. Lessons from a desperate widow in 2 Kings 4 illuminate principles for funding personal dreams. 

Trimester 3



No. of Sessions

5 Sessions

Running Time

2 hrs 27 min


August 2, 1996

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About the Instructor

Dr. David Shibley

David Shibley is a pastor, speaker, author, and the Founder of Global Advance, began his ministry in the 1980s with a vision to support pastors in developing nations. Since its establishment in 1990, Global Advance has impacted over 860,000 leaders in 110 nations, offering vision, training, and tools for the Great Commission. Today, his son Jonathan Shibley serves as President of Global Adance. 

With over 55 years in vocational ministry, David has authored 23 books and ministered in 70+ countries, continuing to inspire the next generation through the David Shibley Institute. As the international representative, he leads Global Advance in equipping church and business leaders worldwide.


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