How is your vision? If you are like me your vision needs a little help. I would love to have 20/20 vision, but I don’t. So, I wear glasses. They help me see more clearly. I can see just fine without glasses, up to 6 inches away from my face. After that things get blurry.
How is our vision, as a church? Can you see exactly where we need to go? If you are like me, your vision needs some help. I am seeking help for a Lutheran Church of the Master vision in 3 ways:
1) Faithful Innovations. The church council has approved the synod’s request that I be trained to be a convener of congregations in our synod. I, along with another trained pastor, will lead small groups of congregations in a process of experimentation called Faithful Innovations. The congregations will learn to listen, to pay attention and to figure out what God is doing in their neighborhoods. My hope is that LCM will be one of those congregations.
2) Coaching. The church council has encouraged me to receive coaching from Phil Streufert, Consultation to Clergy. He will help me discern where God is leading me so that I can better lead my congregation. He will help me set goals and keep me accountable.
3) The Holy Spirit. Prayer, fasting, reading, meditation, alms giving, worship, journaling, are all spiritual practices that I will continue in the new year as I seek the movement of the Holy Spirit among you all and in my life.
What are your hopes and dreams for your church in the coming year and in the years to come? I would encourage you to be zealous in your spiritual practices. Pray for the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit. If you feel called to join a group that is seeking a vision for LCM in 2020 please don’t hesitate to get involved. My prayer is that God will continue to bless us so that we can be a blessing to our neighborhood, our whole community, and the world, making a difference in the name of the Risen Christ.