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Church Visioning

A presentation on church visioning
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Toni Taylor

on 13 January 2013

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Transcript of Church Visioning

Process What is GOD's plan? Pray for the church, and the leaders Side 1 Side 2 tension Visioning What is the Future of Your Church? “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”—Proverbs 29:18 Are you moving forward? ( It's your responsibility as a presenter not to waste that time. ) + Vital Congregations
Tool for visioning NCD
Tool for visioning Our mission connects us together as a district and conference Matthew 22 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. What do you see in the future?
Dream of the possibilities... If you woke up tomorrow and it was 2020 and walked into your church what would you see, hear, feel...? DATA What do you value? Matthew 6:21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. what do you measure? the current reality Your actions show your values Toni Norris Taylor, M.Ed., Ed.S Professional Life Coach, UMCSC Natural Church Development Coach
tnorris@coachingpathway.com
tnorris@greenville.k12.sc.us
864.420.4606 Vision God's plan for your future Look behind, look at now, look to the future write a walk Prezi Slide Creating God's vision is a process not a program or a task to be completed What is your purpose? Mission Connectionalism NCD and Vital Congretation are TOOLS A trained experienced coach will provide the structures and organization to lead you through this process. If you have done NCD or collected data for Vital Congregations, you are equipped with data that can help you understand your current reality. That is not enough... Creating a vision is messy. Takes time. Leadership Contact your District office to learn more. The eyes focus mostly on the title, then the first bullet point. From there the focus diminishes as the viewer reads their way through the bullet point list. Prezi brings the content to the center by zooming, it also removes other content on our canvas from view. As a result the viewer’s eyes are drawn to the center of the screen at each viewpoint, and are focused on one section of content at a time. The following tests were conducted using heat spots to indicate where the users' eyes focused when viewing a screen. The red color indicates more focus and time spent viewing a particular area; green areas show less focus. But why create scenes?
Does my data really need sceneography? If you like to focus on details, yes. Foreground Middleground Background purpose To make disciples why do we exist? Pray What is next? Teamwork Study Gods vision Discernment What is God calling you to do? Who are you? Current Reality? Outside ? core values History Culture DATA Key Strengths Profile Membership Small Groups Sunday School Children/Youth Budget Staff Visitors Baptisms External Influences Physical Technology Community Needs Perceptions Can you SEE it? Is it a SHARED ? Mission Vision Goals

Action Plan Next Step Forward
by Lovett Weems Futurecasting Vision Process Whose vision is it? Vision Pray for your team How can we be faithful to this important work, God has called us to do? His vision is perfect. Reflects your most basic values beliefs Vision can change the lives of people GOD Not easy Tensions God Centered Inspiring must excite you
change oriented
challenging
exceed barriers empowering process long term Man's vision is flawed Change LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Are you moving forward? From vision comes CHANGE Our God is a personal God. He carefully created us - seeks relationship with us A vital congregation has :

Inviting and inspiring worship
Engaged disciples in mission and outreach
Gifted, equipped and empowered lay leadership
Effective, equipped and inspired clergy leadership
Small groups and strong children’s programs and youth ministry Why Set Goals?

Churches set goals to:
1.Give clarity and focus to ministry. Clarity and focus connects disciples to purpose and focuses their attention toward the purpose of the church.
2.Move the church forward. Without goals, congregations can become stuck in a rut, doing the same things over and over without making progress.
3.Create greater accountability. Goals that are prayerfully developed and discerned with God in mind keep us accountable to the ministry of Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit inspired goals that are achieved make us more like the body of Christ.
4.Make the congregation better. There is a saying, you do not have to be sick to get better. Good goals make us better. Not for better sake but make us better for serving the community.

Researchers have identified that goals make the difference in success or failure for people of similar backgrounds and educational standards. Studies find that 3% of people are highly successful in their life plans and careers, 30% are moderately successful and 67% just exist. The significant difference for the 3% who are highly successful is that they have written down, specific goals. The 30% who are moderately successful have a general idea of where they are going but don't have any goals formalized. The rest are happy to watch the world go by. What we measure receives attention NCD Characteristics/Factors

•Empowering Leadership
•Gift based ministry
•Passionate spirituality
•Effective structures
•Inspiring worship service
•Holistic small groups Where do you begin? Process Plan and stay focused Psalm 94:11
Today's New International Version (TNIV)

11 The Lord knows all human plans;
he knows that they are futile. Ephesians 6:12
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. He will bless it. Inspires you United Methodist Church steadily declining
1967 - 41,993 churches 11,026,976 members
2009 - 33,855 churches 7,774,931 members What tools do you have to help you with visioning for your church? Power of prayer, witness, data collection, collaborative team, leadership, support and resources from the conference/district Who are you? learn Teamwork Prayer Grow nurture care Along the way there will be barriers Challenges You will have to direction There will be spirit filled discussions Key to success is to keep God at the center... God's Vision for your church Work Keep your eyes on Christ What is your story? Do not base vision on the ability of the human mind to conceive a plan for the church. What is the future of your church? Mission Vision Visioning
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