vi-sion [vizh-uhn] — noun:
the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur. An experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency: a heavenly messenger appearing in a vision. Something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience: The vision revealed its message. A vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation: visions of wealth and glory. Something seen; an object of sight. A scene, person, etc., of extraordinary beauty: The sky was a vision of red and pink.
Our vision is to make every member of the church a disciple of Jesus who makes disciples of Jesus. This is what Jesus told us to do: make disciples in all the nations of the earth (Mt 28:19). It is related to winning lives and making them viable in Kingdom terms. This is the reason Jesus came, died, was resurrected and will return. The vision is not doctrinal; it is devotional. It is a strategy that creates a result that everyone can experience. It recognizes that only God can make the church grow (1 Cor 3:7).
The vision is of a church that is completely restored. Leaders are excited to share the Word in an in-depth manner, people are trained to win other lives, the dynamic of the meetings and worship celebrations carry an explosion of joy and the community is impacted.
The vision can be understood and embraced by anyone – one who has been a believer for years or a new convert. It carries four aspects: Love, Liberate, Lead, Launch.
This occurs through personal involvement. It occurs in group settings, worship services, youth gatherings, coffee chats, meals, prayer meetings… anything that has the purpose of sharing Jesus. We will utilize any and all resources, seek any alternatives that work, under the direction of Holy Spirit, to present Jesus in a way that people can understand in order to make a valid choice about him.
Someone who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life needs care and accompaniment in order to feel secure in his new faith and to be able to begin the growth process with success. This aspect of our vision is the process of stabilizing the new convert in the faith, teaching him the way, removing the darkness with the light. This is the heart of the vision. It is consolidation of one’s faith and a well-planned consolidation naturally breeds multiplication.
The making of an authentic disciple is an equal endeavor with that of his salvation. Character, honor and commission are the touchstones of the disciple’s life; he imitates the character of Jesus. The life of a disciple generates a desire to not only win lives, but to disciple them. Zeal in the creation of disciples allows them to feel loved; feeling loved creates a desire to become leaders who will in turn create other leaders. The vision creates a sense of generations: one generation becomes responsible for the creation of the next.
Once a disciple is formed, he engages in the process of Kingdom expansion. He forms groups (his generation of believers) who he will win, consolidate and disciple. Under his direction they will conquer new territories and the process will repeat itself – this is biblical multiplication. The disciple experiences the benefits of the vision that his discipler experienced. The first generation creates the second; the second generates the third and the church grows.