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Embracing the Vision one conversation at a time

In part 2 of our discussions on 5 Characteristics of Organizational Impact, we'll focus on Embracing the Vision. As people begin to hear the vision and buy in to it, it shows in their attitude and actions. Obviously, the first critical part of embracing a vision is whether or not you can clearly articulate the vision at Harvest Church.

There's a distinct difference between mission and vision. We've spent a good bit of time in the past months speaking to our mission as a church.

Mission: "Living life as though Jesus were living through us."

Mission answers the question, "What are we doing?" It is a compass that gives clear direction and action.

Vision is like a developing Polaroid picture of the adventure our mission places us on.

A great biblical example of this is God's direction to Moses. At the burning bush experience, God tells Moses that he is to be the point leader to deliver His children from Egypt to the Land of Promise. God's direction or compass to Moses is to deliver His people, but later in Deuteronomy 8:7-10 (NIV) no less than 14 times, God describes the better future of what's in store for His children:

"For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."

This is one of the most picturesque descriptions in scripture. It is living language that illustrates the anticipated better and intermediate future. "Clear mission, while critical, never creates a heroic sacrifice in and of itself. It is vision that moves the heart on a deep level and engages the imagination with God-sized dreams" (Mancini, Church Unique, p. 180)

In your area of leadership, how would you describe the "land of milk and honey" of the better future? Does that align with Harvest's overall vision? Are your thoughts, actions, conversation, stewardship, etc. reflective of embracing this vision? Are you contagious in your passion for the vision?

Discuss one action this week that is reflective of your Embracing the Vision.

Posted by crull@www.harvestweb.net at 10:57 AM


3/24/2011 at 12:46 PM by

I work/serve in the Rift student ministries department of Harvest... When I think of "the land of milk and honey" for student ministries and our students in general, I think of a day when a vast majority/all of our students who call themselves Christians are truly living out their faith and it's a faith that has become their own... not just something their parents/youth group leaders and pastors have "taught them or have expected of them"... A day when they are not just claiming to be a "Christian," but are actually living for Christ. Youth group is a great time for fun and games... sometimes some pretty crazy games, but it is also a wonderful time for them to learn of our Creator/Savior. What I'd love to see in the "better future," is these students taking what they are learning during their time with us and actually apply it to their lives... Don't get me wrong, there are a number of students who are doing this already and a bunch of students who are making the change for Jesus, but at times it feels as if students are just coming for the social aspect of youth group... And I must say I think this is also great, because I would rather them socializing here then out at a party or something... And while being here they're providing God a chance to speak into their lives which is amazing and which I pray happens to each and everyone of them! I love that Rift is a place that is accepting of everyone and you can come as you are... but while being accepting of every "type" of student, we do challenge their thinking and nudge them towards what God wants for them...I just envision in the perfect "land of milk and honey" that throughout each student's time in Rift and upon them "graduating" from youth group they are not only calling themselves Christians, but are living as though Jesus were living through them... That they are serving one another for Jesus and it is a choice THEY have made... Not one their parents/leaders have made for them... That it almost comes naturally to them... I pray that their mindset becomes, "If I'm following Jesus, it's my WHOLE life.... Not just a Wednesday and/or Friday night thing."

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