The Vision of a Church
To make the VISION of a church become a reality:
We need to ENVISION the future together.
We need the SUPERVISION of the leadership.
We need the PROVISION of God.
Like a Polaroid Picture
When you take a Polaroid picture, the longer you look at it, the clearer it gets. The longer you look at the vision God has given you, the more defined it becomes. God's will might look fuzzy at first, but becomes clearer with time.
Voting vs. Vision
The pastor of a church decided that God was calling the church to a new vision. So at the deacons' meeting, he presented the new vision with as much conviction and passion as he could muster. When he finished, the deacon chairman called for a vote. All 12 deacons voted against the new vision, with only the pastor voting for it.
"Well, pastor, it looks like you'll have to rethink your vision," the deacon chairman said. "Would you like to close the meeting in prayer?"
The pastor raised his hands to heaven and prayed, "Lord! Please show these people that it's not MY vision but it's YOUR vision!"
At that very moment, the clouds darkened and a bolt of lightning shot through the window, splitting the table in two. The deacons were all knocked out of their chairs as the pastor remained standing untouched.
As the deacons dusted themselves off, the chairman said, "Well, that's twelve votes to two now."
Seeing It Before It Happens
"I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head."--pro golfer Jack Nicklaus
Definition of Vision
Vision is hope with a blueprint.