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Vision: Looking at What Only God Can Help Us Do

Thursday, August 23, 2018
"Our vision is to intentionally transform communities through Christ." This is Buhler MB's new Vision Statement.............

"Our vision is to intentionally transform communities through Christ."


This is Buhler MB's new Vision Statement. With God's guidance and help, the Renewal Team has been working hard to develop our church mission, core values and vision and now that has been accomplished with the drafting of a Vision Statement.


A church vision is a statement of God's future for our church. It is intended to provide guidance for every ministry of the church, from nursery to the preaching and worship for our congregation and everything in between. Our Vision Statement goes hand-in-hand with our Mission Statement: "Our Mission is to glorify Christ by loving God, loving others, and making disciples through the power of the Holy Spirit."


In order to understand and apply this Vision Statement, you need to understand three very important words in it.


First, consider the word "transform." Transformation is a metamorphosis, a radical change in nature and identity. An example from nature is when the contents of a cocoon are dramatically and completely changed into a beautiful butterfly because of God's creative work. To transform a community is to see God's work of power and grace totally change its nature in a way that brings glory to God. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate agent of transformation.


Second, take the work "community." A community is a group of people who share one or more common characteristics such as common beliefs, culture, work or ministry. For example, our church is an evangelical faith community. We share a common faith, ministry and church culture. But, as a church at work for the Lord, we impact and help change different types of community. There is our own congregation, but there are also smaller communities within our church such as Sunday School classes, small groups and ministry teams. As a church, we also can help change our greater community of Buhler and beyond. We can also help transform other communities of faith in Reno County and around the world. After all, our God is a BIG and powerful God who wants us to dream BIG.


Third, we read the word "intentionally." This strong word means we are praying, planning and working hard to be "transformers" using our message of God's love and good news. If we do something intentionally, we plan for it and we expect it to happen; we do it on purpose. Everyone in the church is needed to be committed to doing the work of biblical transformation on purpose. It motivates us, inspires us, encourages us and stretches us, but we do it! We call that acting by faith in obedience to God.


We will know when our Vision Statement is being accomplished when our vision statement is being achieved. Here is our Vision Statement again: "Our vision is to intentionally transform communities through Christ." Let's start moving toward that future with God's help.


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The W's of the Leadership Retreat

Pastor's Blog

October 18, 2018


On Saturday, November 3rd, we are having a BMBC Leadership Retreat and all ministry leaders are invited.


Here are the facts:


What? The Leadership Retreat is an opportunity to have the ministry leaders at our church gather to hear about and talk about the continued transformation of BMBC and our various ministries.


Who? All ministry leaders and leadership team members are invited. This includes the leaders of our church ministries such as Christian Education, Worship, Wednesday Night Light, Youth, Pastor Search, Renewal Team, Council, Deacons, Life Groups, Kitchen, Sunday School classes, Spiritual Gifts Committee, Missions/Evangelism, Trustees, Children's Church, Communication Team, Decorating Committee, Library Committee, Social Committee, Women's Ministries, Ushers, Greeters, Nursery, etc. Pastor Charlie will be leading the retreat but will be assisted by members of our Renewal Team. If you are a team leader of a ministry and can't come, please get one or two other leaders from your team to come and report back to you.


When? The Retreat takes place on Saturday, November 3rd, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the meeting room of the Dillon Nature Center. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Those who attend will gain maximum benefit for themselves and their ministries if they come for the whole time.


Why? During the last 10 months, the Renewal Team has been seeking to help our church become healthier with a clear mission, vision and core values. These leaders have also been working on developing a "Simple Church" model and currently a disciple-making pathway to help all our ministries and members know how to be part of a church that is serious about spiritual growth by loving God, loving others and making disciples of Jesus. Now is the time to share how all this impact and help all ministries in the church. This retreat will be a call to participate in church and community transformation and will include training and coaching for ministry leaders.