Week 2 Conversation Guide: Vision that Advances
Vision that advances is strong, forceful, determined, and moving. Advancing vision says, “Take it!”
Template #1: Advancing through Geographic Saturation
Quick Definition: Your church’s vision is to take the Gospel to as many people as possible in your surrounding geography. You might state it as, “We will define a geographic area around us to take responsibility for personally communicate and demonstrate the gospel to everyone in that area.” Biblical Reflection: Acts 1:8 “You will be my witnessed in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Example: Washington Conference seeks to preach the gospel to everyone in their territory Western Washington Winlock and north.
Question #1: Advancing through Geographic Saturation
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: Advancing through Geographic Saturation
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: Advancing through Geographic Saturation
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: Advancing through Geographic Saturation
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 #2: Advancing through Targeted Transformation
Quick Definition: Your church’s vision is to find some specific people, place, or thing, that you want to see changed dramatically by the gospel. You might state it as, “We will direct our energies toward a specific people, place or thing in order to see a specific kind of dramatic transformation.”
Biblical Reflections: Jonah and Nineveh, Jesus weeping over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41), Jesus ministry to the disciples
Example: ADRA works for transformation targeted in the area of disaster relief
Question #1: Advancing through Targeted Transformation
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: Advancing through Targeted Transformation
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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High
Question #3: Advancing through Targeted Transformation
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: Advancing through Targeted Transformation
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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High
Template #3: Advancing through Advancing through People Group Penetration
Quick Definition: Your church’s vision is to take the gospel to a group of people who don’t have it yet. You might state it as, “We will engage a specific group of people, usually different from our own congregational makeup, through service and gospel proclamation.”
Biblical Reflections: Paul, apostle to gentiles; Peter, apostle to Jews (Gal. 2:7-8)
Example: Adventist Frontier Mission exists to Reach the Unreached
Question #1: Advancing through People Group Penetration
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: Advancing through People Group Penetration
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: Advancing through People Group Penetration
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: Advancing through People Group Penetration
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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