If you are a leader, you might wonder if your vision as a church is clear. How do you know if you are accomplishing it? Often, leaders can be so hard charging they never stop to ask the question of whether they are hitting their target. Or, they are so complacent that they don’t care.
Here’s a simple way to know if your vision is clear: Are people coming to your church and leaving your church because of it.
Is anyone attending your church because of your vision?
You will know this is true by talking to new people at your church. What drew them to your church? What excites them the most about your church? Why did they get plugged into a missional community, small group or serving team?
Listen to the stories people tell about your church, what they say when they baptized.
Are you seeing new people attend? New people stick?
If what people say is not part of your vision, you either have the wrong vision or it is not very clear.
Has anyone left your church because of your vision?
This will sound unloving and I understand.
As a pastor, you want as many people as possible to attend your church. I want everyone in Tucson to come to Revolution Church, love it and stay. I want them to be on board with our vision, our target and what we feel like God has called us to.
Everyone won’t though.
As much as that hurts, it is okay.
Every city needs lots of churches to reach all of the people in it.
Recently, I talked with two families that left our church and as I talked with them about the reasons why one of them articulated, “We just don’t agree with the vision.” When I asked him to clarify. He told me, “Revolution focuses too much on people who don’t know Jesus.”
He’s right. That is our vision.
If no one has left your church in the past year because they don’t agree with the vision of your church, it is either not clear, not bold enough or you aren’t actually doing your vision.
People don’t leave passive churches because of the vision.
People don’t leave visionless churches because of the vision.
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