A vast difference exists between a vision that is stated and a vision that becomes real and alive through a call to action.
I had a very interesting dialogue with a pastor I was coaching about the difference between a vision stated and a vision realized. His congregation was struggling because of the success of a new contemporary worship service. They did many things right along the way. They had three worship services, each a different style with a different target group.
A challenge arose when the contemporary worship service outgrew its space and needed to swap places with the gospel service that focused on senior adults. While having distinct worship services meeting in various locations in the facilities had been a fine idea, when the contemporary worship service became the largest of the three and attendees made the highest per capita financial contributions to the church, that was more than long-tenured, older members could stand.
Conflict arose. The pastor prayerfully struggled with what to do. He came up with a vision of one unified worship service to replace the three. The sanctuary could hold everyone. He was anxious about sharing it with his congregation. In our ongoing dialogue, I realized I needed to ask him, “Do you have to have this vision, or do you have to faithfully state it because you feel God has given it to you?”
He said he had to faithfully state it. Which he did. That was not what the congregation ended up doing. But it led to a solution.
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