The right vision for a church is one that reflects not only the passions of leaders, but the abilities of the congregation and the needs of the community. If vision is only driven by pastoral passion and focus, the people may lack the needed capacity to function effectively in the path the pastor wishes to go. In such cases, the future will be filled with frustration for both the people and the pastor.
The right vision for a church is the nexus of three circles–the leader’s passion, the congregation’s abilities, and the community’s need.
Where these three intersect, the church will find
1) the vision that pastor can lead because it’s his or her passion,
2) the vision the people can embrace and fulfill because it matches their abilities, and
3) the vision the community will respond to because it connects with their need.
Find that merger point and you will find the engine to drive your church forward!
Use the downloadable document below to engage in a discussion with your team around these three areas.
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The Acts 2 Church Survey is a fully validated church health survey for Spirit-Empowered local churches. Focusing on twelve church health factors, the survey can help you to identify your church’s strengths and challenges in order to pursue the best paths to greater ministry effectiveness.