Vision Path starts right now! You may be wondering, what is Vision Path? The goal of the Vision Path process is to see and embrace God’s picture of our preferred future. We are doing this because Christ Memorial is not just our church, it is God’s church and our future is so important. We have emerged from some challenging times and now we look to where God is leading us. Question is what might our future look like? What ministries and missions will we be known for in five years? The great thing is that we have all that we need to move into that future. We have the Good News of Jesus and that changes lives forever. And just like the bunch of seeds in that picture of the dandelion above, there are so many places those seeds can go and take root and grow. Where will God have us go and how will the Gospel take root in the world around us?
So, that brings us to the Vision Path process. We are asking you to answer some questions about our Church. Begin by asking God to show you a clear picture or vision for our future. This is similar to what you would do if you were looking to buy a new house. There are tons of questions, like, how big is your family? How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms, and the list goes on and on. You will envision you and your family in this space. This all leads to some blueprints and you are ready to build that dream home!
Notice that the analogy of a house above is about creating a place where the family can live and laugh together. This image applies to our church. We want to create a very clear and simple vision for our future that will guide everything that we do as a congregation. The vision will help us to decide how we will impact our community. The core of the vision is fixed – we are here to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28) and to love each other as God has loved us (John 15:12). The unique way that we implement and live out that core mission is what the vision is all about.
How can you make a difference and share what you believe to be God’s vision for our church? Complete the Vision Path Questions online or use the paper version that you can get by both entrances at church. Answers can be submitted online by May 21st by using the following link: http://survey.lcef.org/s3/Christ-Memorial-Lutheran-Church-Malvern-PA . Paper copies can be returned to the designated box by one of the Church entrances. All answers are anonymous. Please be sure to mark your calendar for a very special Impact Event on June 5th which will provide an opportunity for our whole congregation to talk about our future. Our hope is to discover God’s vision for our lives and a clear and helpful way of conveying it.
As our Congregational President Joel McFadden encourages us: “Your participation in the Vision Process is critical because it provides input to theChurch Council's preparation of plans and budgets for our Boards and Committees.It will also help us in a Stewardship/Fund Raising Program.” So, let’s imagine the possibilities for Christ Memorial’s future.
Pastor Fred and Vision Path Team