The Churches of Christ in Christian Union

Our 2017 Advent Offering

Last year was our first experience of having an Advent Offering which replaced our February Sacrifice Offering. What a thrill it was to receive nearly $67,000! This offering helps in providing disaster relief when such events occur on our mission fields. It also assists in the operational costs. This past year funds from this account enabled us to send finances to Yemen for the Humanitarian Relief and just recently, to our churches in the Caribbean region due to the damage from the hurricane.

Our theme for the offering this year is The Way in a Manger. Truly, He is the way and the truth and the life… John 14:6. Let’s not hold back in sharing The Way with friends, neighbors and those around the world. You may not feel called to another country to share The Way, but we can all lighten the load of those who have responded to the call God has given them. Let’s work at making this offering the best yet! The goal this year is to raise $75,000.

Your gift will make a difference today!

How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It

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How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
By: Craig Groeschel

 I.       Compelling Vision

  • People know the Vision
  • Understand the Vision
  • Believe the Vision
  • Live the Vision

II.      Vision

  • Guides
  • Motivates
  • Energizes

Ministries with Vision tend to have it.

III.    Without a Compelling Vision People Get

  • Confused
  • Distracted
  • Bored

IV.    Keep the Vision Current

  • Old vision gets stale.

V.     Define Your Vision

  • Vision is more than Vision Statement.

VI.    Finding the Vision

  • Seek God
  • Find a divine burden
  • Examine their resources and context
  • Present a spirit-breathed, God-sized Vision

      A.  Why does your organization exist?
      B.   What can your organization be best at in the world?
      C.  If you could do only one thing, what would it be?
      D.  If you left your organization tomorrow, what would you hope would continue
      E.  What breaks your heart, keeps you awake at night, wreaks you?

VII.   An Effective Vision

  • Is memorable
  • Portable (mobility)
  • Motivational

(Capture attention, stir hearts and be irresistibly moving)

  • Big Vision – People

      1. Tend to give sacrificially for it
      2. Will tolerate inconveniences for the greater cause
      3. Will talk – the buzz
      4. It will take on a life of its own.
      5. Opportunities for distraction will decrease.

  • Energy and frequency for Vision
  • Vision Leaks

                  1. Talk about Vision.
                  2. Tell stories about it.
                  3. Illustrate the Vision.
                  4. Reward those who live the Vision.

VIII.  Three Levels of Vision Buy-in
            The people believe in the vision enough to
                  1. Benefit from it
                  2. Contribute comfortably
                  3. Give their lives to it

IX.    See It and Create It
            Illustration – Walt Disney