We’ve begun working through a new vision process as a church. We’re working with Auxano through the Church Unique process. The two values that we resonate with, and that told me this is a great group to work with for our church, are (1) “clarity first”, and (2) every church is unique.
We started last week with our first coaching session with our “lead navigator” through the Church Unique process. I’m enthusiastic about what this will do for our church and for my effectiveness as pastoral leader.
One step in this process is “re-know” our community. What are the needs and opportunities where God has placed us? This really has to do seeing our community, our mission field, with fresh eyes.
Think about the picture you have of your community, of your family, of your neighbors, of your church, of your business. What determines what you see?
Here’s my take: The picture you see is determined by where you were looking, and where you weren’t looking, and by when you were looking there, and when you weren’t. Yep, pretty basic. But think about it.
How has the place you’ve been standing and the direction you’ve been looking shaped your vision, what you see? Do you see what’s in front of you? what’s in back? Do you see what’s sideways? what’s around the corner? what’s across town? what’s down the street?
How has the time you were looking shaped what you see? Which day of the week are you looking? What time of day are you looking? In which decade are you looking?
What do you see?