I have bad eyesight. I had all things against me from birth, but at least I survived until fourth grade. My then teacher, Miss Kutzer (whom I was secretly in love with), betrayed me by telling my parents that I couldn’t see the chalkboard very well. A trip to Dr. Braveman confirmed her suspicions, and I began my trek through “Glasses Land.” Trust me when I say that my sight never improved. I have a hard time trusting anyone who says, “I began wearing glasses and my sight actually got better.” Say what? Anyway, time moved on. My glasses got thicker and thicker until I felt like I had this weigh pulling my head down. Fortunately for me they began finding lighter and lighter material to make lenses. I tried contacts and liked them, except for the fact that I couldn’t see with them…least not sharply. So after several years of trial and error, I resigned myself to wearing
coke bottles glasses for good. They tell me if I ever get cataracts it could be a good thing because I won’t have to wear glasses anymore except to read. But I reckon that is not a reason to hope for something to be wrong. 😛
This past summer as the church was being renovated physically, God was also renovating my thoughts. When I came to OVCF in 2005 they had no Mission or Vision, so after a couple of months that was an agenda item. We have since changed twice more to reflect a growing and changing thought process. Our latest is here. As I thought of that more and more over the summer, it finally hit me why I was suddenly uncomfortable with it.
It was not us. It was not personal. It was generic. It was also used by tons of other churches. 🙁 What was so unique about it?
So as the summer wore on my thoughts kept going back to that Mission Statement. Make it us. Make it personal. Make it say what we desire. So this Sunday I will presenting the new Mission Statement of OVCF:
“To win the HEART of Owen County’
Of course that led me to rethink the Vision of the church. Our new one uses HEART to tell it:
H– Hear Truth
E– Exalt Christ
A– Accept the Imperfect
R- Restore Relationships
T- Teach Service
As you probably noticed a couple of them didn’t change. Kind of hard to do when that is your focus. 🙂 This Sunday at our Celebration, I have the privilege of sharing this. Simple approach: SEE WHAT GOD HAS DONE and SEE WHAT GOD CAN DO. The elders will also be sharing some exciting news/goals we have.
All around I expect a banner day. Would you mind saying a prayer for us if/when you think about it? I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am. What is your church’s mission/vision statement? Do you have a personal one? What are you expecting Sunday?