When Your Vision is Unclear
What do you do when you’re not clear on your vision?
What usually precedes vision is noticing something that bothers you. Start by noticing the things around you that are different from what you desire for your situation – things that are different from what we pray for when we say to God, “Your Kingdom come…”. In other words, take a look around you and ask yourself what makes you mad! What is it that frustrates you by what you see? Examples:
- Does it bother you that no-one has been saved or baptised in your church in the last 6 years?
- Does it bother you that your youth group is totally dysfunctional?
- Does it bother you that there have been more divorces than marriage reconciliations over the last few years in your church?
Probe until you find something that does bother you a lot. It’s when you reach a point that you cannot tolerate it any longer – holy frustration – that God births a vision in you. It happens at the point when you just know you need to change, move, build or organise something.
Perform an inventory of all your church’s ministries. Ask questions, like:
- Do I feel that our small group ministry is thriving?
- Do I feel that people are getting connected to our church?
- Do I feel that there is compassion in our church for the poor?
Whilst you’re answering these questions, ask yourself how much it bothers you and ask God to do his work in you.
Notes by Will Salmon
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