Yesterday we launched a new sermon series entitled “The Battle Plan”. In the first sermon I talked about the objective…the long term vision and goals for Compass Point. For the first time in the history of our church I presented a 3-year plan with some pretty definite…and large…milestones to reach. I got pretty fired up…I got a little long-winded…a got a quiet reaction from our congregation.
I learned a long time ago it takes more than a sermon to cast…and maintain…vision and goals. Our folks were excited but were also thinking through what had just been presented. It’s gonna take a lot of commitment…a lot of sacrifice…a lot of hard work to reach the goals…and was a little overwhelming to some. It will take more than a sermon for the majority of the church to buy into the 3-year goals. It’s gonna take consistent reminders of what we are trying to do. It’s going to take celebrating the wins on a weekly basis. It’s going to take our leaders always setting the example. It’s going to take laser focused implementation for the full 3 years. It’s going to take constant positive reinforcement and occasional hard conversations. It’s going to take a constant focus on being desperate for God.
Big vision calls for big plans and a big faith in a big God. You can’t make big vision happen with just a sermon or a series of sermons. With big vision and big goals…actions speak louder than words.