Unique Church, Expanding Vision

A vision gives direction and motivation. Without a vision, I can flounder around, aimlessly wandering from one interesting thing to another. Without a vision, a church can have worship services and programs, keeping members busy but unclear about the future.

Our church is rather unique. We are a small, new Southern Baptist church and a declining, but established, Methodist church meeting together as a community church. My Baptist pastor husband had a vision for a church in an area where the declining population was unable to support several pastors but different denominations could worship together. Both the Baptist church and the Methodist church retain their forms of governance, yet we come together in everything else. My husband preaches solid Bible sermons each Sunday in a traditional service.

Currently the missions vision of the church is local. We support a variety of local missions causes, everything from a food pantry to a residential ministry for recovering addicts. This is good, but we are being nudged to expand that vision. How will that look?

Sharon R. Neff lives in Arcola, Mississippi, and never had a vision that she would be a pastor’s wife.

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