“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” – Luke 4:18-19.
In August of 1964, under the backdrop of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his enormously powerful “I have a dream” speech. It focused people. It inspired people. It served as a seedbed of social change. His dream has fueled a thousand other dreams and many of those dreams have become a reality. This is the power of vision. Every movement begins with a dream. The dream or vision is the force that invents and helps create the future.
The church needs a vision as well. The goal of a vision is to get the church on God’s program and off their own. God already has a plan for every church. He is not confused about where your church should go in the next 5 or 10 years. The focus on vision disciplines us to think strategically. The vision is the framework for leading the journey. We want a vision for your church that brings meaning, momentum, fruit, and spiritual growth? It’s possible – and likely – for you to see those things when the church is united behind a compelling vision. It’s worth figuring out because God has great plans for you.
Our vision is to be real in our love for God and real in our love for others. A church that depends on the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit. A church that connects, inspires and motivates people to mature in God. A church that connects people in doing life together. We also want to be a church that welcomes, accepts, and loves all people knowing God has great plans for every person. A church that effectively communicates the life-changing message of Jesus. Our vision is to be a church committed to continually doing whatever it takes to impact the community and world. A church that never tires of seeking the lost and building disciples.
Catching the vision is ultimately more important than casting the vision. To catch the vision is to be aligned with the vision. To do that, we must take it from the hypothetical to the real. This can’t be accomplished by simply writing down the vision. It must be put into action. To do that we must all have a common purpose in capturing, defining, and implementing the vision. The crucial last step is to take action: “what does God want from us right now, right here? Or what must we do right now in order to best achieve and fulfill our God-given vision?”To bring about significant change requires each of us to own the vision.
Vision can be inspiring and be energizing but ultimately vision must filter down to what people do differently because of the vision.
- What goes into a successful vision in your mind?
- What gifts/skills do you have that will contribute to achieving our vision?
- How can we overcome our fears and reluctance in getting engaged?
- Pray and ask God to show you where you should be engaged in the vision.