Congregations captured by God’s empowering vision are willing, in the spirit of Philippians 3:13ff, to forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead, to press on for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. They see vision as a forward journey. They see life in Christ as an invaluable reason to move forward.
Vision killers believe such an attitude abandons the heritage of the congregation. They believe buildings, programs, and significant historic and spiritual events in the life of the church cannot be abandoned. One wonders if the people are pleased and excited about the possibility of living an eternity with the Triune God, or if they would prefer things the way they once were in their life, family, work, and church.
Vision killers are afraid they will never be able to go home again. Their fear is well founded. They will not be able to go back once they allow God to pull them forward in fulfillment of a captivating, empowering vision. What they don’t realize, is that they would not want to go back.
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