To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Tunnel Vision Leaders.

Is it good or bad to be a tunnel vision church leader.


One of the roles of a church leader is to be an overseer. An overseer by definition has to see over things. This requires them to be aware of what is going on in the church. It requires a degree of picking up signals and making investigations in order to ascertain the relevant details of what is going on. To have tunnel vision then is to fail in this area. To not be aware of what is going on around you is a problem for a church leader.

The church leader, moreover, has a responsibility to lead the church forward. This requires the ability to properly assess, under God, all the options that are presented for the future direction of the church. Tunnel vision mitigates against this because it does not allow the leader to see the full picture.


The church leader needs to be determined. Their call is to be those, among the flock, who set the pace for the flock. One key criteria is that they stick to the truth of God. Someone who is vacillating or evasive regarding the truth of God is not fit to shepherd God’s flock. There needs to be this conviction that God’s Truth determines all that the church will set itself to do. Perhaps it is inaccurate to call this “tunnel vision”; more accurately it is single-mindedness. However, the tunnel vision concept does have some helpfulness in indicating that the leader will not be distracted.

Sometimes as well, this tunnel vision is useful and appropriate, so as to enable the seeing through a course of action to the end. Through prayer, consideration of God’s Word and the observing of the LORD’s providence, a way ahead has been plotted. In the normal course of living for God and serving him difficulties arise. What will the leader do in such an instance? He will seek to be strong, in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and keep the course through the difficulties. Again this has an inkling of “tunnel vision”, but is more a dogged determination which is committed to honouring God in His ways in the church.


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