Monday, March 3, 2008

What? Vision-Casting, Part 1

What? A vision begins with asking the question what? You need to know:
  1. What is my purpose?
  2. What is the church's (and/or ministry's) purpose?
You will not know what to do until you know what your purpose is!

Rick Warren, in his book The Purpose Driven Church, said "We believe a great commitment to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment will build and grow a great church" (I'm quoting that from memory so hopefully I quoted him accurately or close enough) and when I look over scripture I can not disagree.

Great Commandment
"Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

Great Commission
(Jesus said) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

From these two we can gather that the answers to "what is my purpose?" and "what is the purpose of the church/ministry?":
  1. "Go and make disciples”
  2. “Baptize them”
  3. “Teach them to obey”
  4. “Love your neighbor as yourself”
  5. “Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind"
Also see:
Youth Ministry Vision-Casting, Part 1
Youth Ministry Vision-Casting, Part 2
Youth Ministry Vision-Casting, Part 3

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