“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me, and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.'” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Beth Ann finished the vision narrative, in which she compiled all the thoughts and ideas that came to individuals on the team as we prayed and meditated on our future, shaping them into what our church might look like and be doing ten years from now. All I can say is, every time I read through it, tears come to my eyes. This is the church I want us to be! This is the church that we can be with God’s help.
The word picture Beth Ann has painted depicts a praying church; a church where virtually everyone is involved in the ministry of prayer. Members are growing spiritually, through small groups and individual mentoring, gospel preaching, and Bible Study. This church is active in many aspects of the community–welcoming in our neighborhood and assisting other community groups and churches in their ministries. They also encourage and sponsor foreign missions and missionaries.. Everyone is encouraged to serve as the hands and feet of Christ to others. It is a light in the dark world.
Yes, some of our dreams are “big” ones, ones that will really stretch us. Yes, some of these plans may change as we grow and develop according to God’s timing and will; but many are baby steps, things we can start doing and changing now. I’m humbled by the thought of what He might accomplish through one little congregation.
Great things happen when God mixes with us!
P.S. Beth Ann, I’m waiting for your post on what this process was like for you.