Many people are asking, "What are we going to do as a church?" That's a very good question. After all, we need to have a specific vision if we are really going to reach our redemptive potential as a church. But to be the most effective, there is a question we need to ask and answer before we begin to think about the "WHAT."
First, we must ask ourselves, "WHY." There needs to be a purpose behind the "WHAT." We can sit around and come up with a whole list of exciting "WHAT's." But unless these "WHAT's" stem from a "WHY" we will not reach our maximum effectiveness. Here's why! If all I do is bring forward a list of "WHAT's," some of you will like them and some of you won't. It will be very difficult to get complete buy-in and unity on this list of "WHAT's" because everyone's focus will be only be on the list of "WHAT's."
So we need to start with the "WHY!" WHY do we exist as a church? This deals with our purpose. If we can settle on that first, it gives a foundation for a more purposeful and strategic vision plan. If the WHY is something we can all get behind and say, "Yep, that is exactly what our church should be all about! That is something I can give my time, talent and treasure to accomplishing," then it becomes much easier to get unity on the list of "WHAT's," even if that list may look a bit different than my own personal thoughts and preferences. In other words, if I am fully behind the WHY, then I am willing to be ore open to a different WHAT than I personally would like to see myself.
Then comes the "HOW!" First we answer the question, "Why do we exist as a church?" Second, based on the answer to that "WHY," we then must answer the question, "What are we going to do in order to accomplish that purpose?" Once that is settled, we then can ask the "HOW." HOW are we going to accomplish this plan?
We make a mistake when we get the questions out of order. The WHAT is difficult to answer and transfer to others until we first know the WHY. That is the question we in leadership here at E-Free are asking and answering right now. Why do we exist? I'll give you a preview of that answer in my blog tomorrow.