At yesterday's Aspen Group Pastors Lunch - which I was glad to attend and thrilled to present a short case study at - Aspen's Ed Bahler was asking the attendees to identify their church's "Compelling Call." It is another way of saying "vision." He asked these questions, and encouraged table discussion around them:
- Can you write down your church's compelling call (vision) with clarity?
Who are the various people-groups in your church and how well do they understand or "get" this compelling call?
As our table discussed this, Chad Cook, Student Ministry Pastor from Dayspring Community Church in Auburn, IN said something like, "Our compelling call is that we're a 'safe place' where people can take their next step toward Christ." He continued, "we've been talking about this non-stop for months and I think people are starting to get it. Just last weekend a woman who is newer to our church, said to me, 'this is a safe place for me.'"
To that I say Amen! Excellent! Way to go Dayspring! What I jotted down on my note pad was, "listen for the vision to echo back from your congregation, first in words and later in action."
As you consider your church's vision - the unique way God has called your church - can you express it with clarity? Do you talk about it non-stop? Do you hear it and see it echo back from your people?