Are you praying our Vision and Mission?
Can you state them and picture them as a reality?
Most days - usually during my prayer walk/run - I hand our vision and mission back to the One to whom they belong. During those moments I pray that here in North Alabama we become a Conference full of more and more “spiritual leaders empowering life-giving congregations.” I ask God to help us “discover, develop and deploy more and more lay and clergy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
The vision is a picture of our ideal future. The mission is a description of the actions that are necessary to get us from where we are to the future we are envisioning. We are moving toward the vision as we implement the actions of the mission.
Discovering, developing and deploying spiritual leaders are important steps that move us toward the vision of life-giving congregations that transform the world. It will require more than our best efforts to reach the vision and implement the mission, though. Our God-sized vision and mission will only become realities as God breathes life into them. It is God’s vision and God’s mission. Without God we can do nothing. We have an important part to play, but God’s role is primary.
This is why I offer our vision and mission to God in prayer every day. It is why the operational team I lead is praying regularly for our ministry together. It is why a Conference prayer team prays often for the North Alabama Conference. It is why I encourage you to do the same.
You are invited to share in the below comments section of this blog a description of your way of praying for our Conference vision and mission. Hearing from one another about our common prayer focus is both encouraging and inspiring.
As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett