1. We are not called to simply exist, but we are wired to experience what God has designed us to be; we feel like we were designed to accomplish or create something of eternal value—something God designed us to accomplish. As leaders we want to be part of something that is bigger than anything we can do individually.
The best thing leaders can do for their church is to get crystal clear about the mission: a church that understands who it is, why it exists & what its role is.
Just because you’re moving doesn’t mean that you’re alive.
2. We are not designed to just do church and to simply get other people to just do church.
We are designed to be the church, and to compel others to be the church!—It’s the difference between religious activity and a relationship with deity.
3. The church’s role is symbolized in Scripture by a lampstand.
It was located in a strategic place—next to the “showbread” to remind people of God’s presence and His provision for the people of Israel—Christ is the ultimate provision of which the showbread was a foreshadowing.
It was designed to fulfill a specific purpose—to be an entity to illuminate—to spotlight Christ, God’s provision.
4. This suggests that the church exists for one primary purpose—to illuminate.
5. More specifically, the church is called to highlight who God is and what He has done.
Not only are your programs not sacred, your church is not sacred—only the mission is.
6. The church’s potential to influence is directly related to how it is positioned and what it illuminates. The church should capture the world’s imagination with God.
The church has a tendency to drift from what it was originally designed to do.
Every leader has to be intentional about realigning the church to its core purpose.
7. Regardless of how you define the church, it is a critical part of God’s divine strategy to demonstrate God’s redemptive story to the world.
8. Every church should be organized around a clear strategy: to reveal Jesus to every generation.
9. Your calling to care for the lampstand (church) has: a strategic implication, a social implication, a personal implication.
Is your church helping to turn on a light in the community?
If your church ceased to exist would anyone in your community know or miss it?