Previously, we posted about Ten Commandments for Ministry Failure.
Today, we want to talk about ways to guarantee you never see God’s vision for the Church.
First, let’s unpack the term vision this way:
Vision is an image of the future you believe God sees for you. At it’s core, vision is getting in harmony with God’s imagination and seeing what he sees.
With that being said, here are ways to make sure you never see God’s vision.
- Don’t waste your time talking to God. Invest your time in everything but praying and listening to what God has to say.
- Become obsessed with maintaining the status quo. Make it your goal in ministry to just keep what is going.
- Get buried in the details. Spend 90% of your time doing the day to day so you never have any time to dream God’s dreams.
- Become passionate about anything but God’s glory. It does not matter whether it is good, bad or indifferent, if your focus in ministry is anything but the glory of God, it is in the wrong place.
- Use my, I, me and mine when referring to your church or ministry. If you own it, then the only vision that will be expressed is yours.
I’m far from the perfect pastor; but I do know that a few minutes in God’s presence brings all of my vain imaginations, and my empty imaginations are not good things. And the same is true for all of us, in all ministries.
As we approach the daunting task of merging Heritage Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church, let’s be reminded that we are pursuing God’s vision and not our own.
So far, the vision that I am getting is not a grandiose one; and it does not make for a snappy vision statement. We need to be focused on uniting Christ’s church right now. His vision for us is one of unity and healing right now. And as that vision becomes a reality among us, I believe he will put another, grander vision before us.