Summary: This sermon deals with the need to have a vision if we plan to be successful in what we strive to do for the Lord.
Victory Starts With A Vision
Today we celebrate Victory Sunday in which we bring in the first part of our offering for our Excelling in Giving Campaign. This Sunday started with a vision at our leadership retreat. Saints at the beginning of the year there was a meeting of the pastors, the elders, the lay pastors, the deacons, and the heads of organizations regarding our church’s future.
We knew the Spirit was leading us to excel in the way we are doing our ministry for the cause of Christ. We also knew it was going to cost us money to move forward with our vision . Together we came up with our future Campaign Slogan, “Striving for Excellence, Excelling in Our Giving.” It took about 5 votes to get to that slogan and another three votes to choose the logo of the hands and the dove.
We then voted on whether or not we would have a professional campaign partner come alongside us as we had done when we did our last campaign 10 years ago. The price tag back then for that professional consultant was $26,000.00. As a group we decided that we had learned enough from the first campaign to be equipped to take a step of faith to do it on our own with the Spirit’s leading. We had confidence in the leadership ability God has poured into our church.
The large group of leaders then turned the next step of building a Campaign Team over to the staff. At our staff meeting, we took the position the consultant had in the first campaign and carved it into 4 slices. One slice went to Pastor Toby, one slice to Pastor Kellie, one slice to Sylvia and the other slice to me. From there we sought the Lord for who should be the co-directors and the heads of the different committees. One we secured Shannon and Gail as our co-directors, we knew we were on the right track. The committee heads chose people to work with them.
By us all having a shared vision we launched into our Campaign not knowing what exactly the Lord was going to do through us all. Some wanted to know how much money were we asking for. I didn’t want to come up with a figure, but the calls continued to come in for an amount. So we looked at what we wanted to do, and what we thought the cost might be and added it all up. It came to $200,000.00 There were those who said, now is not the time with the economy being what it is to ask for that much money. But when God says to do something, then it’s time to move forward and do it. Victory only comes about with a vision in mind.
We did not ask anyone for a specific amount of money. We asked everyone to be willing to make a sacrifice in their lifestyle so that they could give. Our sub theme was “not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.” Everybody can choose whether or not to make a sacrifice. We had our Kickoff Sunday in a combined worship service in September. This was followed with a Leadership Dinner, Pie Visits to almost everyone in the congregation who requested one, a 24 Hour Prayer Vigil, 2 Prayer Walks in the community , and a combined Celebration Sunday service and brunch afterwards.