2. Take at least four weeks for the vision series.
This is a matter of having the congregation soak in the message. While each week will present a unique angle or aspect of the church’s vision, there will be repetition, and that’s a good thing.
3. Ground the message in the New Testament.
Some theologians believe we should mimic, as much as possible, the life of the earliest churches. Others believe that, as culture changes, so should the life of the body. Either way, the foundation for the church today is still Jesus and the teachings of the earliest apostles.
The gospels show us Jesus’ life and teachings. The Book of Acts shares the story of the early church. And the epistles are filled with wisdom about how the church can grow and relate to its surrounding culture. The New Testament is virtually inexhaustible when it comes to guidance for churches today.
4. Call people to action and involvement.
Presenting the vision of your church should not only call everyone already involved to unify around the mission but should also call those on the fringe to take another step closer to the center.
A vision series calls people to own the mission themselves and see themselves as locking arms with the rest of the church’s membership to face outwardly together.
Remember, the goal is always more than merely growing numerically. The point of a vision sermon series is to unify the body to move forward so that the good news can be shared with more people, more effectively.
This article about preaching a church vision series originally appeared here, and is used by permission.