Where there is no vision, the people perish:
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
God is calling us to have bold vision in the days ahead. Stepping up and stepping out in faith.
Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
Last month I was part of an unforgettable Sunday at Neighborhood Church in Albany. The church celebrated their 50th Anniversary, being planted in 1968 by Albany Hope Church (formerly First Assembly). A high point of the celebration was hearing from former lead pastors Hubert Book, Garry Siegenthaler, Mike Hodges and Rob Gerig. Each shared the joys and challenges of leading the church during their time and the many miracles experienced. It became clear that over the last five decades, thousands of individuals were touched by this church that was born out of the bold vision of Pastor Earl Book.
The church has relocated several times and has had four name changes since it began: Evangel, New Life, Oak Creek and now Neighborhood Church. Each change has reflected a specific season of the church’s efforts and leadership.
Since 2008, Kelly and Tricia Dufour have led Neighborhood with a bold vision. Recently, they guided the church to a beautiful new campus in southwest Albany. It is my observation that this has not only been a huge accomplishment but has positioned the church for its greatest days. I was impressed by a statement Pastor Kelly made at the close of the Sunday celebration. “Remember,” he said, “The church is not about memories, the church is about mission.” It all started with a bold vision and will continue with a bold vision.
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” John Maxwell
Having a bold vision is vital for your leadership and ministry.
- What is God calling you to believe for?
- What new place does God have for you in the days ahead?
- What action can you take in the next two months that will lead to a fruitful future?
- What adjustments need to be made to accomplish your bold vision?
In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. Psalm 138:3 (NKJV).
It all started with a bold vision. I wonder what you’ll start this summer?