I'm not sure how much applicability this thought has to the situation of the modern church, but I think it's pretty interesting that Moses' death did not bring a new direction for Israel's future. It wasn't the sort of situation where Joshua comes rises to power, and he somehow wants to lead the Israelites in a new way. In fact, it's quite the contrary: Joshua continues what Moses' started. The question is, did Moses start it, or did God? From what we know, it was God's doing that Moses was even involved in the first place.
It seems to me that a leader's responsibility in the contemporary church is not to cast some grandiose vision that he has developed from his creative ingenuity but to discern God's vision for His people at a given time. The focus of the vision, then, becomes God's desire for His people rather than the leader's desire for God's people. There's a big difference between those two.
Here's a question for regular readers and for those who want to comment: What do you believe God's vision for the contemporary church in America is? What do you believe God wants to see in and through the church this year, in five years, and in fifty years? I will try to repost on this later after I give it some more thought.