"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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