At our Annual Membership Meeting last month, I announced to the church that we were “shifting into idle” for a few months in order to rethink our ministry vision – a glimpse of the future that God wills and only God can provide. I also affirmed the existence of a vision team to help with this project, but admittedly gave very few details. In case you had more questions (including why I gave such few details)
Who is on the team?
The team consists of the paid staff, a few Church Council members, and a few ministry leaders. The team is fewer than twelve people and a mix of gender, age, length of time at WBC, and background. Of course, each has shown a high degree of commitment to this church’s ministry.
Why aren’t team members publicly identified?
I don’t want to provide a temptation to approve or disapprove of who is on the team. The decision of who should be on the team was appropriate for the Church Council to make, and not the entire membership. Your church leadership is worthy of your trust.
What do they do?
We are working through a process called “Church Unique,” which is the best resource available to help churches discover their unique identities in God’s Kingdom. We meet every few weeks to share and synthesize work we’ve completed individually, specifically sharing answers to some very important questions.
When will the team’s work be made public?
I anticipate being able to share the exciting results in early 2012. This process takes a minimum of six months to complete, enabling the work to be shaped by the rhythm of church life and undergirded by prayer. Patiently waiting on the Lord is critical for listening to His direction. We won’t be giving public updates during the process as this would likely create confusion.
What if I don’t like the result?
I wholeheartedly believe that if you join us in praying for God to reveal His will, you’ll like the result! We aren’t seeking to manufacture anything, but rather to better understand what God has been actively doing and what He is calling us to do. If we all seek the mind of Christ together, we’ll find tremendous unity to carry out the ministry He gives us.
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