WE NEED VISION IN THE CHURCH

Vision is believing it CAN be done! And, we must have vision to see the great things God can do through us.

In Numbers 13 we’re told of twelve spies who went into the promised land of Israel to see how to conquer the land for Israel. Ten spies didn’t have any vision but two of the spies did. The ten visionless spies said, “We can’t take the land, because the people who live there are like giants. We are like grasshoppers compared to them.” God called their opinion an evil report. The two spies with vision, Joshua and Caleb, said, “Let us go up at once and possess it. The Lord will give us the land; the Lord is with us; don’t be afraid.” I find it interesting that we remember the names of the two spies with vision, Joshua and Caleb, but we don’t remember the names of the ten that were visionless.

Walt Disney’s brother used to say to him, “Walt, you will never amount to anything; everything you dream of is too big and costs millions of dollars.” Old Walt didn’t do so badly did he? Funny thing is that no one remembers the name of Walt’s brother, but what we do know is that he went to work for Walt. Disney’s most daring vision adventure came when he was an old man and he suggested the building of Disneyland. He proposed this to his board and every single person was against it. Not one of the men in leadership thought Disneyland would be a financial success because of it’s tremendous cost. But it was! Walt said before he died, “As long as man has vision, Disneyland will continue to grow.” That’s not a bad motto for the church.

I want to shout the same message that Joshua and Caleb gave, “Let us go up at once and possess it. The Lord will give us the land; the Lord is with us; don’t be afraid.”

Our churches despretly needs vision. And my vision for the church in Childress is that we take the entire unchurched Childress community for Christ. It is possible. And then after taking the Childress community for Christ we’re coming for the rest of the world (smile). That’s my goal and my vision. As long as we believe it’s possible with God … it’s possible. When it comes to reaching my community with the message of Christ, I want to shout the same message that Joshua and Caleb gave, “Let us go up at once and possess it. The Lord will give us the land; the Lord is with us; don’t be afraid.”

We need vision to see that God can do great things through us. The secret to building a great church has nothing to do with the education level of the people, the amount of money available in the budget, the location of the building, BUT the secret to reaching the community for Christ and building a great church is VISION. We must have vision to see and believe that God CAN do great things through us and then be willing to let God use us!

  • So, what’s your vision for how you would like God to use you today?
  • What’s your vision for the church? What would you like to see the church do or become?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Anonymous says:

    AMEN!!!!
    It sure take a giant of a man to say what you said, All I can say is to preach on brother, preach on brother (TA)

  2. Haley says:

    Great post, it’s very interesting because the topic of state side church planting and talking about growing the church had been coming up a lot in different areas of my life over the past several weeks. I think God is at work in all of this 😉

  3. Tim Archer says:

    Trey,

    I dream of a church where men are free to search the Scriptures for themselves without fear of attacks from their brothers for doing so.

    “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  4. blogprophet says:

    i am going to be ornery and play devil’s advocate. but I am still thinking and chewing.
    just a warning..
    :)

  5. One Observationist says:

    Good thoughts Trey.

    My vision of what I would like God to use me for would be to help fight for Him. Whether it is helping someone out or talking to someone about my faith or whatever. I’m open to anything. Today I am at work so I would hope that He could somehow use my work ethic in a way that promotes His goals. But I also pray that he gives me the wisdom to know what he would like me to do. I’m kind of dense sometimes.

    As far as a vision for the church I’m sort of up in the air on that one. I think the church is obviously important. The N.T. is clear that relationships with other Christians is extremely necessary to our spiritual development. I worship with a local church, but the Lord has not led me to become active in church programs. So, I’ll leave the vision of the church to those who have a calling to use the church as the vehicle they use in life to reach out to the lost.

    Jeremy Divis

  6. Wade says:

    I agree – great post!

    I get frustrated with churches who sit and wait to be spoon-fed a vision. I was once told by someone in a leadership position that our church congregation waiting to see which direction God wanted us to go. I wanted I scream,”God doesn’t care which direction we go so long as we go!”

    As for me, God has been tinkering lately and I’m beginning to see myself place greater value on things that are eternal, sustaining and everlasting (ie: relationships, his word) and less values on things that are not (ie: me, my career and my “stuff”).

    Thank you Lord for your vision!

  7. preacherman says:

    Wonderful post Trey!
    Keep it up man.
    I love reading your blog brother.
    It gives me vision for my life.:-)
    In Him,
    Kinney Mabry

  8. john alan turner says:

    I dunno. Maybe we don’t need any more vision. Maybe what we really need is strategy.

  9. Nature Nut /JJ Loch says:

    What a beautiful post. I heard that 70% of my community doesn’t attend church. I was amazed at the high number.

    God Bless You!!!

    JJ

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Just stepped back to my computer for a moment and got to read some great comments. I appreciate you taking time to share.

    I can’t wait to share more thoughts on vision tomorrow. Some areas I’d like to see the church go!

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brian … I’ve heard you like playing the devil! :)

  12. blogprophet says:

    hehe, first of all, I am really grateful you didn’t quote Proverbs29:18 I(if you were planning to tomorrow, you have time to change it). That’s a pet peeve of mine. that verse isn’t talking about what you are talking about in this post. not talking about planning, faith, etc. but “revelation from God” visions, like ones that Paul and Peter had. notice the parallel with “law”

    btw, this is just my opinion and me being picky, I hate it when others do this…..but
    :)

    if you were to replace vision with faith each time, for some reason it wouldn’t bother me as much.

    I agree that God wants all of Childress to be saved, but God doesn’t always get what he wants. the path is narrow. the majority will reject Jesus. maybe i am pessisimistic or cynical (I not let it deter my efforts but) I think our goals should be preacher and sharing and loving, not converting. because God gives the increase.

    I would feel more comfortable saying that my vision is to evangelize everyone person, make sure every person has heard the Gospel in a loving way, etc.

    I am definitely not accusing you of this, but too often, when I hear vision, I hear bigger church, bigger budget, bigger building, more programs, etc.

    It is great to dream big for God, but unless you receive an actual vision, maybe just being faithful will bring about God’s will. maybe we are making a big noise about things that sound fancy and impressive (once again, I in no way am directing this to you personally).

    A church can fill up with slogans, activity, enthusiasm, but I don’t think we can say this is always God’s doing. sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.

    sorry, for detracting from a good point, and being picky about words, but just wanted to stir things up

  13. Danny says:

    Amen!

    That is all I can add.

  14. Anonymous says:

    My vision is that my church will reach the unchurched. My church will be able to pay its bills. My church will be a family to its members (which I think we already do pretty well). That the “culture of the North” will no longer be a mission field, but rival the bible belt.

  15. Mommysmart says:

    My vision is that church as we know it will look totally different in my lifetime. I don’t mean us (the church) becasue I think that the church is full of amazing soldiers for God’s purpose.

    I pray that we will re-invent what others see as church (our place) so much that they want to be there for all of their needs. I think that we should have our doors open 24/7 with Chrisitians meeting the needs of our communities. I think that we should be praying with the people of our communities, counseling the people of our communities, feeding the less fortunate of our communities, and offering bible studies/classes, and on and on and on!!!

    In the time of Jesus, when someone was sick, they went to Jesus. When people were hurting, they went to Jesus. When they wanted to hear God’s message, they went to Jesus. Why do people not turn to Jesus today? Maybe because we have done a poor job of showing them where to go so that God can work through us to show them Jesus.

    I’m sure that I probably just opened a “huge can of worms” and I feel really sure that someone will find a scripture to say that what I am invisioning is not scriptural. That may be true, but when analyzing the life of Jesus all I find is that he came to save the people.

    I just think that we should be continuing his work to save the people. Not change the people with our legalism, but meet them where they are and lead them home.

    I am sorry for the long comment. I am now stepping off of the vision box!

  16. Palafox's Panoply says:

    hey man, I love reading your blog. God is pleased with your work. We are praying for Texas, and please pray for Mexico.

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    Blog Prophet – I to understand how tiring words like vision, mission and strategy. Too often we have spend countless hours coming up with these nifty statements and ideas but never do anything once we have them.

    It’s time to stop talking about vision and start doing it. My vision is something I want the church to be and do, but just dreaming isn’t enough. Getting busy is. As Luther once said, “Put two lovers in a bedroom together… you won’t have to tell them what to do!” Honestly, we know what to do… we just have to do it!

    I wonder if all our strategies, mission statements, vision-casting, and goal-setting are ways for some people just to avoid getting busy and going to work.

  18. TREY MORGAN says:

    Preach on Mommysmart!

    Omar … blessings to my Mexico brothers. I love you guys!

  19. TREY MORGAN says:

    Wow … how in the world did I miss this from anonymous? “My vision is that my church will reach the unchurched. My church will be able to pay its bills. My church will be a family to its members (which I think we already do pretty well). That the “culture of the North” will no longer be a mission field, but rival the bible belt.”

    Awesome!

  20. Michael says:

    Trey,
    Great post brother. For a church’s vision I would like to see something that is biblically and theologically rich. I want to see a church that understands its identity from the incarnation, the sending of the church by the Father, Son, and Spirit, and those who are not only hearers of the word but doers also. Maybe we would spend less time (or maybe even no time) worrying about what others thought about us and more time worrying about how God will respond to us and our labors in his vineyard. Thanks for the post. I look forward to part 2!

    Michael
    http://www.flanneljesus.com

  21. Greg says:

    I’m really late in responding, but I agree with your post. That said, it has been my experience that (1) elderships tend to shy away from anyone with vision because it forces them out of their comfort zone so we talk a lot about vision but stay away from visionaries; and (2) many of our “visions” have far more to do with our system of religion than they do with God’s intent for the Kingdom of Christ.

    Just my offering for what it’s worth … probably very little. I just know that over a period of time I just gave up having any vision for my ministry and finally decided it was time to get out because I no longer could dream. We were just far too much into maintaining status quo and that kills everyone’s dream.

  22. Kim says:

    I pray God will use me as a voice of unity in His church so that I am the ambassador He has called me to be. I pray I am willing to accept that many times I will be in situations where I am in the minority when it comes to being a part of the church that moves beyond tradition and comfort zones. I pray in those times I will see how huge God is and that, just as in the case with Joshua and Caleb, the facts in front of me do not always reveal the truth of God’s word and that I will choose to just BELIEVE HIM and seek His vision for the church He died for.

    For the church my vision would be to realize that we are commanded to GO OUT, not to stay within the walls of our buildings. We are the church, as part of the church, we have been uniquely placed on this earth at this time to spread the truth of His word. I pray the church is willing to follow Zephaniah 3:9 “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” My vision is that as His church we would stop worrying so much about the name on the signs in front of our buildings and be a people that choose unity for His sake and His renown. Then I believe we will see the Truth of His word as we have never seen it.

  23. Matthew says:

    You are completely right, some congregations go through the motions of church, but really do not focus on the vision or goals for the church. When there is no direction, everyone is fighting about what not to do.

  24. nick gill says:

    My vision is that the church will simplify.

    Too many congregations try to offer everything, to be everything, to do every kind of program. That is attractional church, it exhausts too many people (on one side) and caters to too many (on the other side).

    Simplify. There’s a book out called Simple Church that, while I haven’t read it myself, sounds stellar from the review I read yesterday (I think the Blog King linked to it).

    We are not in our communities to address every need and provide fulfillment for every member and seeker’s felt needs. That’s God’s job, not ours.

  25. e3 says:

    Today? That I realize when he’s right in front of me, calling me to do somehting.

    Church? Our pastor went off to a quiet place and came back with a vision. It may be cliche, or simple, but our church (I) gets it.
    1. Attract outsiders in (Our church is located between poor and rich, black and white. A majority of them do not attend church.)
    2. Build insiders up (No sense in saving people if you’re not going to help them learn God’s word.)
    3. Serve inside and out. (What better way to show God’s love for his people.)

    He did the reveal last year and is about to embark on a sermon series on the “how-tos” of the vision.

    I hesitate to add a link to our church for fear that someone will take it the wrong way, but we have a podcast. Listen if you like.

    http://www.colonialhillschurch.com

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