“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” – Proverbs 29:18
As we step into a new era of ministry in 2024, there’s a burning question that keeps surfacing in the hearts of those called to plant churches: What does it take to not just start, but to thrive in church planting? It’s not just about strategies, resources, or even the number of people in the “pews.” No, it’s about something deeper, more intrinsic. It’s about vision.
Now, I’m not talking about just a fleeting idea or a dream that comes and goes. I’m talking about a God-given vision that grips your heart and soul, so powerful that it keeps you awake at night and drives you to your knees in prayer.
1. The Unseen Fuel: A Vision that Burns Within
Craig Groeschel, a man who knows a thing or two about vision in ministry, once said, “If your vision doesn’t compel, move, or stir people, your vision is too small.” Your vision for church planting should be so vivid, so compelling that it moves not just you, but those around you.
But here’s the kicker: this vision comes from God.
It’s not something you whip up after a brainstorming session. It’s born in the quiet moments spent with God, where His heart speaks to yours. It’s about seeing not what is but what could be through God’s eyes.
2. The Blueprint of Your Mission
Your mission is your game plan, your blueprint. It’s how you’re going to turn that God-given vision into reality. It’s about being so laser-focused on what God has called you to do that the distractions of this world lose their power.
Think about Nehemiah. He had a clear mission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. When faced with opposition and distraction, he said, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down” (Nehemiah 6:3). That’s mission-focused living!
3. Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize
In church planting, you’ll face challenges, setbacks, and even heartbreaks. But remember, just as Peter walked on water when his eyes were fixed on Jesus, you too can navigate the impossible when your focus remains on your God-given vision.
4. Your Next Step
Now, what’s your next step? Start by spending time with God. Get into His Word. Listen. Reflect. And then, grab a pen and paper. Write down what God is putting in your heart. Let it be raw, unfiltered, and God-breathed.
And remember, a God-given vision is not static. It grows, it evolves, it gets sharper with time. Revisit it often. Share it with trusted mentors and friends. Let it be the fuel that propels you forward.
Let’s go! The Journey Awaits
Fellow church planter, the journey ahead is not just about planting a church. It’s about planting a vision in the hearts of people that will outlive you. It’s about building something eternal, something that echoes in the halls of heaven.
So, as you step into this journey, hold onto that vision. Let it be the fire in your bones, the song in your heart, and the light on your path.