Digging Deeper Into Our Future Plans
This past Sunday we had our Voters’ Meeting where we adopted the recommendations of the Ministry Audit unanimously. According to many, it seemed that it was the largest voters’ assembly we’ve had in a while. I want to thank everyone who showed up and participated!
Over the next couple of weeks, I want to use my “blog” to unpack what was decided and how it will affect Resurrection.
RECOMMENDATION 1: Develop a “kingdom-minded” Mission-Vision-Values (Spiritual DNA) as the foundation for all mission and ministry at Resurrection by 2020.
This first recommendation, while seeming broad and somewhat ambiguous to some, is actually the foundational recommendation for Resurrection’s future. By determining our “Spiritual DNA,” we define and enumerate both “who we are” and “what we do” as a congregation. By determining one’s “Spiritual DNA,” you begin to set your goals and boundaries – your “To-Do” and “To-Don’t” lists as a congregation. Every church needs a framework around which it can organize and prioritize and provide a context in which to find a freedom to live out their spiritual gifts.
The Mission of every church is the same for every church: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ.” It’s time we all agreed on this. In Luke 4:18, Jesus declared his mission. “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” While the Mission of a church is based upon the Great Commission(s) of the New Testament (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20; Acts 1), it is stated as a “calling” and a “sending” with a purpose. An effective mission statement conveys what the church is up to and is memorable – short enough to fit on a bumper sticker (e.g., “making disciples who make a difference”).
The Vision of a church tells how a particular congregation will go about making disciples, and that means it will vary from church to church. An example of a vision statement might be… “we are committed to growing every person into an effective minister of Jesus Christ by getting them in touch with their gifted ness, providing them the training and mentoring needed to carry out their ministry, and giving them permission to make disciples according to the values of our church.” Resurrection has a vision statement: “Love and obey the Savior; Equip believers for ministry; Share the Good News of Jesus.”
The Values of a church set out the boundaries in which people are free to make decisions and live out their giftedness. If we understand the vision statement as a picture of a preferred congregation, then value statements simply answer the question, “How do we get there from here?” We have already noted that we can develop our values as a congregation by simply considering: “Love and obey the Savior as we; Equip believers for ministry as we; Share the Good News of Jesus as we…” Complete each thought, and we have determined how we will accomplish the preferred future we have identified for ourselves.
These statements – our “Spiritual DNA” – guide all decisions and ministries so that there is need a few, if any meetings to make decisions. When a meeting is required, discernment rather than voting is employed. It may come from extended prayer, a traumatic experience, something you have read, or even the coming together of several converging circumstances. The “key consideration” for our “Spiritual DNA” is to connect with God’s will as move along the path he lays out for us.
Circle this date on your calendar – Saturday, February 1, 2020. Rev. Travis Guse, the Central Region’s Mission Engagement Facilitator, will be at Resurrection to help us determine, develop, and delineate our “Spiritual DNA.”