I first heard the phrase, "Vision Leaks" from an address given by Andy Stanley of North Point Church in Georgia. It is a great word picture.
Most people will join an organization because they can relate to and be inspired by their "Vision, Mission and Values statement."
In the AGC we talk so much about our vision, mission and values, but talking about them is never enough. The reason is that these ideals leak out or are displaced. The busyness of our day to day operations can override the bigger reason to advance. When that happens, forward movement halts and eventually stagnation sets in.
Our vision in the AGC is "to be a movement of healthy reproducing churches". It is clear, it is compelling and it is passionate. The question is: is it becoming a reality?
Healthy churches are marked by the following characteristics:
- Godly leadership at all levels that inspire and resource believers to grow in Christ like maturity and service.
- Healthy churches are growing churches. They move ahead because they are reaching new people with the truth and compassion of the gospel of Jesus.
- They lead in the community and make a real difference in the lives of those in their neighbourhood.
- They see needs in the world and reach out in mission and church planting to reach more and more people.
The AGC is marked by these characteristics but is it enough to be a movement? I believe it is. Movements are organic and spontaneous. The Church is the hope of the world (Bill Hybels) and we are that hope.
Would you take time this month to speak to your church about the vision of the AGC and how you are meeting that challenge?
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 13, 14