Below are some typical reasons churches or ministries lack vision and the perspective you need to gain if it describes you.
1) Stuck in Perpetual Motion (no coordination toward common purpose so go in different directions)
Learn what is essential and what isn’t and focus on what truly matters.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Phil. 3:7-8)
2) Stuck in Precedence (imitate what other churches or ministries are doing)
Remember that Christ is the One you should be following, tapping into His power and desires for your church.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death … (Phil. 3:10)
3) Stuck in Preparations (have to perfect what you are doing before moving on to something new)
Keep in mind that you are on a journey that requires you keep moving forward.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Phil. 3:12)
4) Stuck in the Past (governed by tradition that says “but we’ve always done it this way”)
Understand that what worked in the past may or may not be God’s direction for the present.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on … (Phil. 3:13-14)
5) Stuck in the Present (have enough to do in the short term so why think about the future)
Realize that moving forward doesn’t mean you neglect the present.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. (Phil. 3:14)
6) Stuck in Place (satisfied with status quo or immobilized by fear)
Get on page with God who is not content to leave us as we are but one day will transform even our lowly bodies. He provides the power to move forward right now.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Therefore, my brothers, … that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends! … I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 3:20-4:1, 13)
Not visionary? You don’t have to remain stuck. Apply the truths of Philippians 3 and 4.
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