My thoughts about the church have been revolving around this idea. At BRCC we spend time talking about the vision of reaching and growing people and "buying into the vision of the church." We even have the vision statement of the church right on the wall of our stairwell leading up to the sanctuary. The vision of the church is important because it determines the direction of the church. It eliminates thing that you shouldn't do while helping you decide what you should do. Just because a person or organization has a vision, that doesn't mean it automatically happens; one must set GOALS that help that vision to come to fruition
The reality is that we have not done a great job at BrookRidge in the past few years at setting goals within our vision. We have allowed our church community to kind of waver about in our events and our decisions. There have been a lot of great things that we have done in the past few years. We have really focused on fellowship and building relationship in our community. We have seen our small group ministry grow as a result of this great fellowship. We have had some great outreach events, like our Christmas and Easter outreach. When we made the decision to go to one service the purpose was to create more and better fellowship and build momentum for great worship each Sunday. I think we are well on our way (in 10 months) to accomplishing this.
Here is what we are not doing well - hard core reaching out to the community in a strategic way. I have felt that our love for those in the community and those who have yet to feel the love of Jesus waver. I'm afraid we might have replaced our desire to reach others with our desire to build internal community; to build community is great, but it needs to be done in partnership with evangelism - sharing Jesus in our own lives and through church community events. As pastor I want us to have a equal emphasis on evangelism as we do on building community; right now I think we are a little off.