At college today we were discussing that dreaded thing called 'VISION' and how, as church leaders, we can clearly ariculate and achieve the vision for the church.
We were looking at where a vision comes from, how to articulate it, how to achieve it etc etc.
We discussed what makes a good vision, what makes a bad vision and how the church can pursue their vision.
I sat there feeling really confused and anxious.
I just keep thinking that the UK church is really missing the point.
Rather than having a 'vision' for the church, should we not have an 'imagination' for the community in which we find ourselves in?
I believe the UK Church has so missed the point in terms of mission and 'being' church. The big elephant in the room that people don't really want to talk about is church decline. So we have vision casting after strategy talks to stop ourselves from confronting the issue. Yet all our 'vision' discussion revolves around what the church should be, rather than about what the community could become through the church.
A Prophetic Imagination.
But then maybe it's me that's missing the point completely...