ONE HUNDRED FIFTEEN baptisms down, nine thousand nine hundred and eighty-five to go! Yes, you heard it straight from me. Our BIG MONSTER VISION is to reach 10,000 people for Jesus and to help them become fully devoted to Jesus! I believe it can happen and I believe it will happen. This is the role of vision casters. BELIEVE! Last Sunday we baptized twenty-five more people, more than we ever have in one day and it’s just getting started.
After the first leadership vision meeting of 217church in August of 2009, progress began to happen very quickly. We prayed, planned and personally invited people to be on the team. We set out on a vision to “create environments where people could meet and follow Jesus.” We set out on a mission to Restore people to Jesus by pursuing God passionately, Rebuild the church through caring for one another deeply, and Renew the community through serving relentlessly. We realized almost instantly that everything depended on God and we needed Him to supply us with a strong team that works together. Our team lives with the reality of this verse in mind.
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners…” (Mark 2:17 ESV)
If God is going to use us to Extend this ministry farther and faster than we could ever imagine we MUST have an incredibly strong team! If we are going to reach those who are ‘sick’, our team needs to grow even more healthy. What are some qualities of strong team members?
- Chemistry – On our team, certain stuff just doesn’t fly. Let’s face it, we don’t all fit every team. We have a very diverse team but we have to all be pulling in the same direction. We are always looking for people to lead small groups, excel in the gifts of hospitality, attention to detail and be exceptional in their work ethic. We already have a great team, but maybe it’s time for you to step up and maximize your gift.
- Hunger – We are looking for people who are not content with the status quo but want something more excellent. People who are desperate for a change will always outperform the complacent and mediocre. You can’t replace hunger and passion and you can’t make someone want to excel. We are looking for people who don’t make excuses because it is a “volunteer role” but know there is a higher standard.
- Initiative – When Jesus called Matthew in Mark 2, he saw something in a passionate tax collector. I believe some of our best future leaders have yet to come to know Jesus! They are pursuing other things and they haven’t come to Jesus yet. They haven’t realized their ultimate calling in the world…but they are about to! Some incredible initiators are about to experience transformation.
- Character – This means when no one is watching, we are the same person as when a spotlight is shining on us. We are looking for people who are devouring God’s word not out of obligation or legalism, but out of a passion to find out what Jesus says about this life and how we should live it. When Jesus says it, we do it. Going in to this commitment we realize that it won’t be easy and the world won’t accept us. But it’s not about pleasing people, it’s about pleasing Jesus.
I love 217church and I love the passion you continue to exhibit! This week is vision week and we will let it all hang out! Let’s celebrate and believe big for the future because we need Jesus and our community desperately needs Jesus. After all if we can accomplish the vision on our own, it isn’t a God given vision.
Expectation is in the air,