This family meeting isn’t about vision; it’s about me (Pastor Jason) introducing myself so you know who I am, my why, and where we are going.
Perceptions are powerful. May or not be correct, may be partial. I want to pull things out of the shadows and talk about them.
There are trigger words such as leadership, revival, purpose, and probably more that make us perceive things a certain way.
I want you to know my heart.
Everyone has an idea of who I need to be in this lead position. I need to let you know that I am not going to be Pastor Walt, Pastor Dobie, or Pastor Rafael. I have different wiring, different function, there’s a different grace on our lives. The church will look similar but different.
If you have a secret expectation of what you think I might be or what you think I should be or do you will probably be disappointed. But our team needs to be able to walk around our church, take inventory to see some of the changes we want to make.
I am asking for permission to grow into the position but also to be whom God has made me to be.
I understand my place in God’s kingdom; my design, calling, purpose, and function. I’m Apostolic–creating new things, pioneering new things/new expressions, church planting.
I don’t like lack of expression or engagement. I love movement. I love creating change, love empowering and building up people, love to make things happen–especially when they bring hope and life.
My vision: Transforming communities by empowering people to live intentionally with purpose and vision.
My mission: I want people to know God, their identity in Him, to equip for purpose to transform the world around them.
I have always viewed church as God’s church. Not mine. Not the place where my dreams come true. My dream is to empower as many people as possible to know God and walk in their calling.
- We have to be kingdom bringers:
I’ve never had this huge compelling dream of who I would become. It is always related to the church.
- I desire to see a thriving ministry that does not revolve around a Sunday Morning only.
- I want to do life with people, not just church.
- I want to be part of a developing, mentoring, and empowering culture.
- I want people to be whole and experience healing even when it is messy.
- I want people to know their true identity in Jesus and live from it.
- I want to be part of a movement.
- I want to be part of an apostolic center, a place where people can gather throughout the week to learn, grow, and experience God.
- I want to really do life with people while accomplishing BIG things- solving problems, serving people, and believing for God’s possibilities.
“If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!” –D.L. Moody
There are 3 major components to church culture being effective.
Convictions: These are our absolute musts; the WHY we do things, the emotional, passionate part.
- These things are never just lip service. If these things do not happen, the church is pretending.
- With no true conviction, nothing will happen. Same place, same things, over and over.
- We focus on our gifting and what we’re most passionate about.
Culture: Shared beliefs and values of people that drive behavior; WHAT we do.
- Culture is a filter that tells us what needs to be done. Culture is the vehicle through which we bring change. Culture is the personality of the church.
- I want our culture to be friendly, empowering, responsive, expectant.
Constructs: Our systems and processes; HOW we do what we do.
- This provides the framework for convictions and culture to take place. Connect, Grow, Serve, Go is a construct.
- It is not to be served and can be changed based on the need. Without clear systems and processes, confusion is near.
- The system needs to serve the leadership and the people.
- Nothing is scalable without clear systems and processes.
- It must reflect the need of the house rather than dictate the actions of the house.
- Constructs without conviction = apathy.
- Constructs without culture = exhaustion.
- Conviction without constructs = frustration.
I am asking you all to pray with us as we enter into this new season to clarify our convictions, culture, and constructs.
Some of the biggest things that are in front of us can begin to be addressed by adding convictions:
Family: Relational, not clinical.
Multiplication: Apprenticing and mentoring. Biblical mandate, leadership, empowerment, development, investment.
Discipleship: Maturity, Christlikeness, apprenticeship and mentoring, doing life together, new emphasis on doing life on life.
It is going to take a while to create structure that allows us to do this. Every person has to be engaged in this process. And we have to clear a pathway for you to do so.
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1, NIV
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:15-16, NIV
Why am I sharing this?
God wants to do something new. Whenever we do something new, we always look back.
- We need a new wineskin.
- A new mindset.
- We need to think with the end in mind but be open to what we don’t know yet.
- Just because you haven’t seen it doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
- It will take time.
- The Lord keeps saying we have everything we need.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10, NKJV
Maybe you don’t have the tools, training, understanding, self-awareness, or opportunity to live out your calling. I believe one of our roles is to be a power station–an equipping, sending, developing, healing, discipling church for the region.
I desire a culture of WE. I don’t want a church I can run, I want a church I want to be a part of!
What would happen if 20% of our church apprenticed and invested in one person for one year? Roughly 400 people would be affected.
Get in, get out, or get out of the way.
- Pray for the staff.
- Pray that we become an equipping, sending, developing, healing, discipling church for the region.
- Pray for clear direction and wisdom.
- Pray for courage to make the turn. Change is difficult.
- Pray that you “Get in” on what God wants to do