Hello all! Sorry for the brief hiatus on the blog, but life has been crazy lately. Over the next few weeks, I am going share about the visioning journey we are on at Rockbridge church.
Why a vision? Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Simply put: to succeed in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, we need a good, clear, concise vision that sets us on the path.
We have seen countless organizations fail to survive when the world changed for one reason or another because they were not able to adjust their vision to a changing landscape. Our landscape is changing, has been for a while. Here are some facts:
1. Fewer and fewer people feel like they should be in worship on a Sunday morning. In the Austin area, 18 percent of people choose to worship each week. We need to be a church that lets people know that the best life lived is one following Jesus.
2. Most churches are in decline because they have not made the mindset switch that we have to do more than open our doors for people to show up. Many churches are in decline because they are unwilling to change.
3. We don't change who we are, but we change how we do things and how we share our message.
4. We need to face the future with courage and faith!
The reality is that our job has gotten a lot more difficult and its even more important that we have vision from God, empowered by the Holy Spirit to lead us. Jesus tells the disciples in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit Comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Our goal is to share God's love with all we meet and help others follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is difficult, but it is worth it! To succeed, we need God's vision for Rockbridge. Check back next week as I share God's vision for our church.