Friday, May 07, 2010

Without a Vision Statement, the People Flourish

I'm enjoying reading Church Planting is for Wimps. Having been exposed to all the latest and greatest church planting ideas, this book is refreshing.

After explaining how they got rid of both the mission statement and the vision statement at the church they were revitalizing, Mike McKinley says,

"Look, if you don't know what you're supposed to be doing as a church planter, if you need to write out a statement in order to remember that your church is supposed to evangelize the lost and help Christians grow in Christ, friend, you shouldn't be a church planter. How about casting vision the way Protestants have cast vision for the past five hundred years! Teach God's Word! Explain it to God's people, and tell them God's mission and vision and values and purpose and strategy for their life. Don't refer them back to some mantra that you make sure everyone in the congregation has memorized. Teach them what the Bible says about what it means to be a faithful Christian and a faithful church" (p. 62).