Posted: 7/16/19 at 10:45am. Post by Tony Brooks.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
We cannot get around it. Vision is important!
Pastors, staff members, and Sunday School directors, this article is for you!
Proverbs 29:18 reminds us, “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”
We need vision to move us forward. God always wants to move us forward. Why vision? Will Mancini and Warren Bird in their book, God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future, explains six reasons for vision. They are:
- Vision serves people. This is the key to servant leadership! How are you involving people to dream dreams and see the future? You need a leadership group to look at where you are and where God is leading! Do you have a group? Are they meeting quarterly to see where you are, determine where you need to go, and communicate the vision?
- Vision is for everyone! “Having vision is natural for everybody.” Every person needs a purpose and something to look forward to. They need hope and a vision! How are you sharing it?
- Vision is for every day! Vision is for now and for the future. We need vision as much as we need to breathe, eat, or sleep. (I am paraphrasing from the book.)
- Vision is fun. We all have goals towards the future. Help them understand your goals! Help them to buy in. Vision is simply an idea unless people buy in.
- Vision makes us better. When we imagine things better, we are better people. (Again, this is straight from their book.) When people understand the vision of our church, Sunday School class, and small group, they are excited about the possibilities.
- Vision is ongoing. Because of our ever-changing culture, we need to revisit our vision every three to five years. We cannot stay in the past. God’s word does not change, but how we share it does. Some people need to hear the vision every time you meet. (Share with me your vision for your Sunday School, small group, discipleship and church. I would love to hear about it! Others need to hear about it. (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Vision leads to revitalization! Our churches need new hope and a new purpose in this post-modern culture.