Captured By Vision Insight 080 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 080: Living into vision involves an intentional disciplemaking process that seeks to help people grow spiritually.

I do not know of any vision from God that does not also invite, urge, and pull disciples forward to a more mature and spiritually deep lifestyle. Disciplemaking, becoming a more fully devoted follower of Christ, goes along with vision and its fulfillment. It must be intentional. It must involve spiritual formation, leadership development, and missional engagement.

By being involved in a disciplemaking process, not only will existing Christian disciples grow in their discipleship, but they will be a natural lifestyle witness to people they encounter in life, and some of these people will be drawn to a meaningful life as Christian disciples. Call this evangelism if you like. Or, call this attraction rather than missional. Or, call it church growth. In any case, it is an authentic overflow of a life committed to being a follower of Jesus.

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Captured By Vision Insight 079 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 079: The sustainability of vision may be dependent on how well it is cast to and owned by newcomers in the congregation.

The ability of congregations to effectively cast their vision to newcomers may be the key factor in vision sustainability. Even with all the efforts and experiences to become captured by God’s empowering vision for the congregation, if newcomers cannot embrace and internalize the vision it may be a short-term fix rather than a long-term solution.

For newcomers to internalize the vision they must quickly develop their own stories about how the vision is making a key difference in their spiritual lives. They must engage as participants and leaders in vision fulfillment actions. They must develop within their first six months to a year the ability to cast the vision in their own words.

They must be able to refer to the vision as “our” understanding of God’s leadership, and not “their” understanding of God’s leadership.

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Songwriter Sees ‘Good News’ in Declining Role of Church Music [Baptist New Global]

Kyle MatthewsHere is an article posted by Baptist News Global, and written by Jeff Brumley, about the appearance of Kyle Matthews during a Thursday Dialogue of the FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community. Kyle was addressing a response to a Gallup survey that suggested music is a low priority in worship for many attendees. See the full article HERE.

Some people were surprised — and worried — to learn from an April poll that sermons are a much stronger draw to church attendance than music.

And it was worse than that for music lovers. The Gallup survey presented a list of motivations Americans give for going to worship, and music was solidly in last place.

But with a month to reflect on the discovery, Christian musician, songwriter and minister Kyle Matthews is not worried.

Far from it. “I think it might be good news,”


Captured By Vision Insight 078 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 078: Vision is continually clarified as a congregation journeys in the direction of God's future for them.

In the clarification of vision, often it is newcomers who can assist with that clarification. They can talk about how they experienced the vision fulfillment actions and affirm the actions that most attracted them to and assimilated them into the congregation.

While congregations think it is worship, preaching, Sunday School classes or small groups, often it is the sense of community and involvement in missional engagement that cement the relationship with newcomers. Relationships are so important!

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Captured by Vision Insight 077 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover  01.17.17Vision Insight 077: Vision may always be a little fuzzy—particularly in the ways to fulfill it—because it is always looking beyond the current horizon.

A great, empowering vision talks about things yet unseen. When vision addresses things beyond the horizon that only God can see, it may be a little fuzzy to existing members.

Sometimes new people are quicker to see what lies beyond the horizon. They do not carry the congregation’s cultural and historical baggage, which may give them better insight. It is why you always ask newcomers to describe what it was like to become connected with your congregation.

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