#2 – An Unclear Vision – Churches that aren’t sure why they exist tend to simply find out what another church’s passion is and adopt that as their vision. The problem with trying to take someone else’s vision is the same problem with as trying to date another man’s wife: she’s already taken.
Taking another church’s vision and mission doesn’t help you because it’s not the mission God has empowered you to do. So you will spend your life struggling to accomplish something God has never called you to.
The solution to an unclear vision is to spend time with the only One who gives vision: God. Ask God to give you a burden and a passion and let that be what guides your ministry. James 1:5 says that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God. Nothing is better than functioning out of a sense of knowing that God has called you and what He has called you to.
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