Friday, April 18, 2008

A Question of Vision...

Auto graveyards have always intrigued me. Row after row of what were once shiny, state-of-the-art vehicles that are now slowly rusting in a field.

Old church buildings also intrigue me.... especially when they've been converted into a restaurant, or some fancy boutique. What happened in the life of the people that were that church? Did they get old, or tired... or old and tired? Or did they lose their sense of God possibilities, their vision for what God was calling them to do and be?

What does vision look like for a church, and how do you know your church's vision came from God? The following responses to the vision question come from Perry Noble:

  • If you feel confident that you can accomplish what is in front of you with no problem at all…then you didn't hear from God.
  • If no one is angry at you…then you didn't hear from God.
  • If you don't have to ask anyone to sacrifice to make the vision come true…then you didn't hear from God.
  • If religious people are not steaming at you, blogging about you and/or leaving your church…then you didn't hear from God.
  • If you have enough money in the bank to do what God has asked you church to do…then you didn't hear from God.
  • If every step is perfectly designed and nothing happens to totally throw you off along the way…then you didn't hear from God.
  • If someone doesn't try to talk you out of what you are about to attempt…then you didn't hear from God.
  • If you don't stay up at night thinking about the vision…then you didn't hear from God.
  • If you know all of the answers…then you didn't hear from God.
The more I think about it, it makes me sad to see old church buildings that became studio apartments. And that's not that because I don't like studio apartments. I'm saddened at the possibility that the folks who made up that church lost their vision of what God could do through a people that trust him.