We are continuing in our Visioning exercise as we do our best to discern what God wants us to do in the next 5 years. I have been blessed to sit in on some insightful conversations over the past few weeks. I am grateful to you for your participation in this process. If I have one thing to suggest it would be this, THINK BIGGER. We want to have goals and visions that we can only accomplish with God’s leadership, guidance and help. These are dreams and visions. They are ends in themselves, not means to an end. Maybe you have already participated in a group discussion but now you want to THINK BIGGER. We will welcome all your dreams, visions and prayers throughout the entire process. Feel free to fill out another form or participate in the online option when that becomes available.
We have utilized our adult Sunday School classes through this chapter of the process. Are you aware that our Sunday School encompasses about 80% of those who are in worship each Sunday? That is a fantastic representation of people who are studying God’s word in smaller groups. We are also beginning some small groups that meet during the week. Those are important and have a vital place in our future. But a few years ago I spent time with the pastor of one of the largest churches in the South. He preached to more than 20,000 people every Sunday. He told me he wished he could get the same level of participation in small groups that he heard we have in Sunday School. He said that most congregations could not get more than 20% of their worshippers in a small group. We will certainly try to exceed that. This is not an either/or situation. It is both and where we will do all we can to reach as many as we can through the best methods we can use. I hope you will join others in Sunday School this week and in a small group as those begin to develop. We will all be richer for your participation.
This Sunday we will hear from two fantastic mission teams. Those who went to Belize and Panama will encourage you with their good work. You may have never participated in a mission trip. Listen closely to what God may be saying to you through our “missionaries” this Sunday.
Thanks for praying, visioning and dreaming together,