is when it feels like we aren’t going anywhere. There are two opposite extremes that many churches take and oddly enough they both lead to the same result. The first is when a church has NO direction. No one knows what is going on. No one knows where things are headed. There is no vision. No direction. No plan. No movement. You show up week in and week out but it never seems like the church is actually purposefully trying to go anywhere.People will only stand ready for direction so long before they give up thinking it will ever come.
Second is when a church has 100 directions. It has that because everyone has picked their own path. Everyone is a champion. Anyone with any idea of anything they want to do is released. There is no focus. No purpose. No vision (because there are too many visions). People are tired and worn out and don’t see how what they are doing is taking the church where it needs to go. Often churches end up here because leadership doesn’t know when to say no or doesn’t like saying no…it is easy to say yes when you don’t personally know and embrace a specific vision for the future. It is easy to say no when you do have a vision and purpose and direction for the future because it is clear what does and does not fit the vision. You are right back to a church that has NO direction because, truth is 100 directions is NO direction.
We need church leaders who have a simple, unified vision and who know how to carry that out and involve people in the mission and vision of the church. This will take saying no to the distractions and yes to the things that emphasize and support the mission. All of this may not come natural to us but it is essential for the future of the church that we transition from institution back to movement.