Over the past six months our church has put a lot of energy into finding a vision from God for our ministry. I think we have found that vision. Of course, finding the vision is not the victory; achievingthe vision is the victory. That challenge is just beginning.
But before we surge ahead into that challenge, I want to honor a virtue that our church displayed in the visioning process. It's this: we faced our weakness. A year ago we were hurting; quite a few vibrant members had recently died or left our church. In almost all cases those that left did so not because they were unhappy with our church but because they were launching into ministry or another vocation. We took joy in that and a measure of credit for that; but their absence left us weaker. We could have stayed in denial about our weakness; many churches do, and as a result they die a slow death. We on the other hand had enough faith to face our weakness and seek new direction from the Lord.
Will our ministry be able to thrive? Again, that challenge is still before us. Achieving the vision will take a critical mass of members with rock-solid commitment to what we’re trying to do. One thing I do know: we do have faith and resilience enough to make a new start. And that is something. As Jesus said:
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Mt. 17:20).