If the journey of a congregation is a sports utility vehicle—a metaphor I use regularly—then “vision” is driving and fueling the forward progress of the vehicle. “Relationships” is in the navigation seat next to the driver flavoring the style of the journey and the relationship to God, and one another, and the community context.
“Programs” are intended to be in support roles to relationships. They’re in the back seat. Programs proactively empower the opportunity for meaningful relationships to occur. They are not the goal or the navigator. They are supportive. If they ever become the goal or navigator it is because the congregation is visionless. “Management” is also in the back seat behind vision. We will address this role later.
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