As Pastor, called by God into ministry, I have been given a vision to fulfill God's purpose in the Body of Christ. Ephesians 4:8-12 states, "He gave gifts unto men for the perfecting of the saints and edifying of the Body of Christ . . ."
What DeeDee and I are doing is clearly writing the vision for this ministry so the partners will know it, and it will be established in their hearts. With understanding and purpose, we will fulfill the charge that God has given us.
The vision that God has given us, is to first teach and develop a "spirit of faith" in the partners, who in turn teach it to others as the congregation grows. Secondly, God has given us a specific geographic area. Our plans are to provide a spiritual, social, and economical structure to that area, so we will be able to meet the needs of the whole man. The vision consists of a great sanctuary, recreational facilities, a battered woman's home, and much more.
Habakkuk, whose name means "Embracer", was instructed to write the vision so all who read it would know that the answer to all of their problems was in the vision. We embrace the Word that the Lord has given us and we are acting on His Word. The Vision is the Answer! Proverbs 29:18 states very clearly that without a vision, you can forget it because, ". . . the people will perish."
Isaiah 46:10 reads, "Declaring the end from the beginning . . . " Our job is to clearly explain the purpose, goals, objectives, strategies, and plan of action, to successfully bring forth The Vision. Without goals, progress is haphazard, uncharted, and difficult to measure in accountability. Purpose and motivation are fed by goals. Objectives equal direction and will help us to see where we are going. They are essential to the goals, and consistent with the purpose and vision of the ministry.
Years ago in a dream, God showed me where he was taking my life. He said, "Go and teach my people the power of God that they have within them." Now I see why we are called Spirit of Faith Christian Center. This ministry will have to develop a "spirit of faith" on the inside, and learn how faith comes, how faith grows, and how faith operates. It is the partners' responsibility to teach others as they come so they will have the same "spirit of faith". Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
God is successful! Thus, it is God's plan for this Ministry to be successful. It is God's nature to succeed. We are created to succeed in everything we set our hands to do. Joshua 1:8 states, "then we shall make our way prosperous, and then we shall have good success," but this is contingent upon us keeping God's Word, following His instructions, and adhering to His divine principles. One major divine principle in God's Word is that we must have faith. It is God's Will that we know that this is what He requires of us.
Before we can do anything, we must first know that God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him in faith. Jesus instructed us to occupy (to do business) until He comes. We are about our Father's business, but in order to see people born again and made disciples we must first have faith.
Planning is vitally important to bringing forth the vision of God. It has been said that he who fails to plan, plans to fail. Every partner who has resources to compliment the needed departments in this ministry must begin to step forward and bring the effectiveness of their ministry into full view. Each partner is a very important part of this ministry. God is depending on us to implement the plans and He will work it out step-by-step.
Now, there must be a strategy in this plan. "How and where am I going to commit my resources?" God's answer to this question is your strategy. Hallelujah! But remember this: Seek God to determine where to commit your resources, because "Everyone Is Needed and Everyone Is Important!"
I Corinthians 12:14 reads, "For the body is not one, but many." So it is, that there are many parts but one Body. As Pastor of this ministry, God has made me the head, but the head is ineffective without the hands, feet, legs, arms, and other parts. Everyone is important in bringing the goals, objectives, and vision to pass. We must organize to have proper management in the executing of the vision that God has given to "US."
We must begin to organize everything!! Organization is God's first principle. Before He gave His best, He organized. If we want to be God's best we must organize. Organization is a social system, deliberately established to carry out some definite purposes. The organization assigns a position to each of its members, and the member has a specific part to play in the organization's collective program. The church is not an organization, but it is an organism (alive!!). This organism must be an organized-organism.
THE CHURCH . . . It's Alive and Organized!!