Week 3 Conversation Guide: Vision that Rescues
Vision that rescues is responsive, resourceful, preparing, and caring. Rescuing vision says, “Save it!”
Template #4: Rescuing through Institutional Renewal
• Quick Definition: Your churches vision is to rejuvenate an institution that matters to God, most often a ministry that historically has been significant but has lost a degree of relevance, focus, or momentum. You might state it as, “We will renew a God-ordained institution like marriage, family, or church that has suffered decline, collapse, or neglect.”
• Biblical Reflection: Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem. Jesus brought institutional renewal to what it means to be the people of God through his renewing teaching on the law of God, the new covenant, “grafting in” Gentiles, and dying on the cross. All the institutions of the Old Testament and plan of salvation were brought to new life.
• Examples: The magazine, Ellen White Visionary for Kids renews the institution of the gift of prophecy by repairing its relevance for a younger generation. Focus on the Family seeks to rehabilitate the institution of family in our culture.
Question #1: Rescuing through Institutional Renewal
1. How closely does this vision template match your own vision for your congregation as a gospel-centered, disciple-making church over the next ten years?
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Question #2: Rescuing through Institutional Renewal
2. How would you rate your key opinion leaders buy-in at present for this template as the focus of their vision?
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Question #3: Rescuing through Institutional Renewal
3. How would you rate the entire congregations buy-in at present for this temple as the focus for their vision?
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Question #4: Rescuing through Institutional Renewal
4. How would you rate the level of momentum and progress to date your church has made in this particular vision template?
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Template #5: Rescuing through Need Adoption
• Quick Definition: Your church’s vision is to adopt a specific need you identify, often through compassion or mercy, typically triggered by studying the needs and then responding to them. You might state it as, “We will choose to respond to a specific need in our society, locally, regionally, and/or globally.”
• Biblical Reflections: Caring for the poor, widowed, orphaned and oppressed (James 1:27). Tabitha(or Dorcus) (Acts 9:36) and Cornelius (Acts 10:4) were honored for need adoption.
• Examples: Community service centers caring for needs through food and clothing. Celebrate Recovery nurturing addicts toward health. Adopting a child. Dental Clinic.
Question #1: Rescuing through Need Adoption
1. How closely does this vision template match your own vision for your congregation as a gospel-centered, disciple-making church over the next ten years?
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High
Question #2: Rescuing through Need Adoption
2. How would you rate your key opinion leaders buy-in at present for this template as the focus of their vision?
Low
High
Question #3: Rescuing through Need Adoption
3. How would you rate the entire congregations buy-in at present for this temple as the focus for their vision?
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High
Question #4: Rescuing through Need Adoption
4. How would you rate the level of momentum and progress to date your church has made in this particular vision template?
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Template #6: Rescuing through Crisis Mobilization
• Quick Definition: Your church’s vision is to mobilize for crisis, or be prepared to mobilize for a future crisis. You might state it as: “We will respond to a crisis by rallying our people and resources for immediate relief and/or long-term deployment and development.”
• Biblical Reflections: Response to the famine in Jerusalem (Acts 11:29). Noah and Joseph.
• Example: Adventist Development and Relief Agency. Adventist Community Services.
Question #1: Rescuing through Crisis Mobilization
1. How closely does this vision template match your own vision for your congregation as a gospel-centered, disciple-making church over the next ten years?
Low
High
Question #2: Rescuing through Crisis Mobilization
2. How would you rate your key opinion leaders buy-in at present for this template as the focus of their vision?
Low
High
Question #3: Rescuing through Crisis Mobilization
3. How would you rate the entire congregations buy-in at present for this temple as the focus for their vision?
Low
High
Question #4: Rescuing through Crisis Mobilization
4. How would you rate the level of momentum and progress to date your church has made in this particular vision template?
Low
High
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