When I was pastoring I would share a story or parable to help remind our church family of our mission and vision as a church. People would need to be regularly reminded because vision leaks. Here is one of my vision vignettes… use it if you wish. I hope it’s helpful:
Imagine our church was like going to the airport:
When you go to an airport terminal, what expectations do you have?
The church and an airport terminal share a lot of the same expectations.
We easily recognize that the airport terminal is just a stepping-off point to reach the real destination. It’s only a means to an end. It’s the place we get resourced and prepared to go on a trip.
Too often believers very subtly treat going to “church” as the “end” rather than the “means to the end”.
We come to church to be fed and encouraged or challenged or loved and receive whatever we need to continue in our faith. We don’t often think of coming to church as purely a place to be resourced and prepared to go out on mission. Coming to church on Sunday mornings is not the END but a means to an END. We haven’t just completed our religious duty on Sunday morning and that’s it for the week. NO, we’ve just been resourced, challenged, prepared and hopefully inspired to take off the runway into a week of spiritual adventure and mission.
We would never visit an airport terminal each Sunday just to hang out, check out the washroom and enjoy the padded seats.
We go to the airport to prepare to go on a trip. Let’s treat our church in the same way. We gather together to get prepared to go on mission.
The Church is like visiting an airport terminal. There is purpose — an objective — when we connect with either.
Keep being a visionary believer and leader. We desperately need you.
Have a blessed week,