Some churches have exploded with growth because their vision and mission is built around the people they are trying to reach. That's isn't all bad as long as that vision is God given and ordained. Build a vision that simply makes the church the most attractive church in town only develops big, shallow churches. That isn't to say that ministry isn't going on or that some are being discipled well. Keep reading.
Big numbers, with big programs and big staff seems to be the desire of many people who are looking to buy in to a church. But are they looking for a church that is doing great things for the Kingdom of God? Or are they looking for a church where they get a lot without having to give much at all? The people who seek the former grow as Christians and go on to do great things themselves for Christ. The later just attend church.
Regardless of the size of the church, the vision and mission can be epic, huge and life changing. If the people buy into it. Many churches whose leadership have bought in and invested in the vision and mission struggle with those who think that the earmarks of a successful church are big numbers, with big programs and big staff.
This struggle creates internal problems for the church. The vision and mission of the church is passionately spoken but if its isn't bought into to becomes worthless. The leadership pursues the vision, but the church drags along slowing like it's wearing concrete overshoes.
If you buy in to the vision and mission of a church, you make it worth something. You increase the value of the church and help it move from concrete overshoes to wings. Now if you are currently searching for a church home, stop and ask yourself if you have honestly prayed about your search and if God has been a part of your equation in seeking a place to serve Him. We serve God, we have said that we will go where He wants us to go and do what He wants us to do. If you are currently attending a church, do you "buy in" to it? Is it's vision a part of your life? Is what God is doing through your church helping to shape you into God's will?
The one sentence I've heard for over and over again for years is, "Pastor, I'm not getting fed here - I'm leaving." With that I say God bless you and good bye. Here is the reality though - they never bought into the church, therefore, they couldn't receive what God had in store for them. Of those I have been able to track over the years, most are still looking for a church home or they are in a big church doing nothing. God help them is my prayer.
Comments and questions are welcomed. Email me if you like. Next week - FFWC's Vision and Mission. Who are we? Why do we exist? What is our Vision and Mission?