Vision Process 2018: A Journey to the Promised Land
“A New Thing,” the prophetic voice of the Prophet Isaiah, was the theme of the Virginia Annual Conference last year. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19). It inspired us to pray for God’s new thing that God would bring to St Paul Church. “Discerning the will of God together” has been our spiritual practice in pastoral ministry and in lay leadership.
This led us to “Vision Process 2018: A Journey to the Promised Land,” a coached strategic planning for the mission and ministry of the church based on the biblical model. The first step was a congregational call for prayer and reading through the Bible. “Bible Reading Plan 2018,” has been practiced among the congregation since January. All members and friends of St Paul church were invited to practice daily Bible reading as scheduled so that they might read through all books of the Bible at the end of the year. Daily reading begins with prayer, “ Lord, illumine me by the power of the Holy Spirit--- my mind and heart as I am reading the Scripture today. Help me to know you, your will, and your purpose that you would reveal it in your Word. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.” The Reading booklet provides space to take notes of reflection on God’s character, God’s will, God’s purpose that are revealed in the passages.
The Promised Land Taskforce Team was formed and we had a consecration service for this leadership team during worship in April. A congregational wide six week Bible Study to seek the vision of God and to study the reality of our church and community was offered starting the week of May 6, offering four weekly classes for all to come at their convenience. We have had wonderful participation in the Bible Study, with about 60 church members and friends attending. If you missed the first week, it is not too late to begin. Please contact me or Jane, the Bible Study Coordinator to find which classes you want to join and to get the study book.
“Vision Moment and Prayer,” is congregational sharing and prayer during worship for six weeks.
By the end of this summer, we will have a clear vision and mission of St Paul toward which we will continue to respond to God’s call to build up the church through mission and ministries by short term, mid term, and long term base practices.
The goal of our prayer, along with our planning process, is seeking the will of God diligently, as we grow deeper and stronger in faith, and in relationship with God in Jesus Christ our Lord, living vitally in love, in joy, and witnessing the love and salvation of God to the community and to the world through mission.
It is God through Christ who called us, and leads us to God’s promised land. God calls and God accomplishes God’s vision through us. it is all about our vision process 2018.
Moonsup “Paul” Song Pastor