Write the Vision
Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time. –Habakkuk 2:2-3
As you may have heard by now, two weeks ago at our scheduled meeting I invited the Church Council to lead the church through a formal visioning process over the remainder of this year. I extended the same invitation to the Deacons this past Tuesday, to the church in conference on Wednesday, and now I extend it to you.
Will you join our leadership in discerning God’s vision for our church?
I feel strongly that organized and intentional planning is vital for churches to stay focused in their ministry and mission. I also feel strongly that the timing must be right for these conversations to be effective.
Over the last two years of my being here we have grown together as a church. We have grieved losses together. We have celebrated births together. You have welcomed my family and many other families into your family. We have initiated important symbolic renovation projects to our building, including a new sign and plans to renovate the grounds. We have embarked on new missions opportunities and partnerships around our community, especially with First Baptist Church on New Street. The energy and enthusiasm around the church is palpable.
It is because of my great conviction that we are at such a “good place” as a church that I feel now is the time to talk seriously about who God is calling us to be for each other and our community.
The Church Council has appointed an ad hoc committee to interview outside consultants to help steer this process. I feel strongly that to make this process as substantive as possible, we will need outside help. We have also had a very generous offer from within the congregation to pay for these services. Let me make it clear that this consultant will not tell us where to go or what to do, but will help us craft a process and guide the conversation.
This committee of seven will begin interviewing candidates and will bring a recommendation to the Church Council for approval. With their approval, the proposal will then be brought to the church in conference. It is my great hope that all of this will happen within the next 2-3 months so we can begin the actual process early this fall.
Once the consultant is hired and the process approved, then the real work (and fun!) will begin. Everyone will have a seat at the table as we have holy conversations about who we are, what God is calling us to be and where God is calling us to go. Be on the lookout for more information about all of this, and know that the committee will keep the church up to date as the process unfolds.
Also be in prayer for our church and its leadership. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work through this process and guide us in the direction we are called to go together.
I want you to know how excited I am to enter into this time of planning and dreaming with you. I’m excited because I know God has a vision for our church. The Spirit is at work in our fellowship even now, and there are opportunities for growth and innovation on the horizon. I invite you to join us as we write this vision together.