Proverbs says, “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” Successful companies regularly meet and establish where they want to see the company grow in one, five over ten years, However, churches don’t always follow that strategy. When churches live only for the present, they fail to see where God might be leading them, causing them to lose their way and get off track with their vision.
When an unhealthy church loses its vision, it doesn’t do the necessary pulse check to figure out if what they are doing is resulting in people coming to Christ and being baptized. If years have lapsed since a church has seen anyone give their lives to Christ, it will get off course quickly. All churches need to regularly review their vision. They must also have a mission statement outlining specific steps to ensure they are working towards that vision.
Churches are full of people who are doing what they can to spread the Gospel and do God’s work of the Kingdom here on earth. But when the focus shifts to keeping the status quo, visitors come in and out of the church like a revolving door. Churches can successfully invite new visitors but also meet the needs of its established members when they are healthy and balanced.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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