Words From The Pastor . . . April 2014
“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
I didn’t always wear glasses. In fifth grade it became apparent to me that I could not read the blackboard clearly. I could hear what the teacher was saying but I was having problems. I was missing some assignments. Looking back on it, my clarity of vision had been declining for years and I didn’t even know it. When I got my new glasses, it was a transforming experience. My grades improved. With a renewed clarity of vision, I knew what to do and got it done.
In a similar way, Christ Church is well positioned to clarify its vision for future ministry. A renewed vision--which will help us see a path to how we can make Jesus’ call to “bear much fruit”--makes sense in this time and place. A “vision” is a guiding emphasis for the next several years. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it should be short, simple, and powerful. A vision is the overall goal from which detailed plans follow.
Thanks to the many of you who attended our leadership training “Turning Things ‘Inside Out’ at Christ Church” led so well by Helen Ober. The goal of these sessions was to give us additional skills to be effective in our own areas of leadership in the church. Those leadership skills will be of great importance as, together, we plan for and implement a prosperous future of ministry both within the church building and beyond.
The next step will be the appointing of a small group to lead the process of developing a vision; a process that will give us all opportunities for input.
My prayer is that the joy we experienced in our two sessions together will increase as we will, with God’s help, bring some clarity to how we will “bear much fruit” in the years ahead.