Vision is Important in Ministry
If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. (Proverbs 29:18, MSG)
Mark and I would like to thank you for the warm and generous welcome we have received! We are grateful for the greetings, support and the fellowship that has been extended to us over the past weeks. We feel blessed to be a part of the First Church family and look forward to getting to know you even better in the upcoming months.
I recently learned of the King James Version of Proverbs 29:18 which states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” I was curious about that verse, and in looking at various translations I like how Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase The Message puts it: If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
Vision is important in ministry. We have to know where we are going and then work on getting our ducks going in the same direction as we live into God’s preferred future for us. Visioning for the future is hard work. It requires listening, seeking, waiting, patience, being still, and moments of deep prayer. Often times, we get impatient and simply want to come up with a program that we hope will be a quick fix. The days of “quick fixes” in ministry are behind us. God is calling us to dig deep in our discipleship, to trust and to abide in HIM.
What might God be calling First Church to be as we seek to live out our faith in meaningful ways? What vision might God be casting for us as we live into the unknown of ministry in our current context? How might God be leading, guiding and perhaps cajoling us to live into God’s vision for us?
I invite you to consider these questions in the upcoming months. More importantly, I invite you into a season of prayer. I ask that you hold the leadership of our congregation in prayer as we discern some of these questions. I ask that you hold our entire congregation in prayer as we seek to live as disciples of Christ.
I believe we are living in the midst of some of the most challenging times to be the church, but I also believe it is also a time of great opportunity in ministry. I am excited to step out into this new season of ministry with all of you, and I trust God will equip us for every good work we do in Christ’s name.
Grace and peace,