Vision Planning simply means developing a “road map” for the futureof the church. It serves as a guide to help us determine what direction we want Margaret Street to go, where we want to be, and how we want to grow. It gives clear focus to our goals and aspirations as a congregation. It emboldens us with purpose. If someone were to ask you, “What is Margaret Street all about? What is your vision, or you objective?” How would you answer? Shouldn’t we all have the same focus and be able to answer the same?

What will the future hold for Margaret Street?

    The face of this congregation will have changed in five years. It will be considerably different ten years from now. How about in 15, or 20 years? Think back ten years ago, is our church different today than back then? We need to seriously consider our future and ask some hard questions. This is such an exciting time for Margaret Street and there’s no time better than the present to work on this! Consider these questions:
  • The Gospel has the same power to save, but the world is much different and we must adapt how we deliver the message. So, as congregation, how are we going to reach the lost?
  • How can we build up our young families so they become a solid foundation for the future of Margaret Street and beyond?
  • Do we need to review what we are doing and how we’ve been doing it? Do we need to make adjustments to our methods?
  • We will need to develop new leaders for the future. How are we preparing our men to be elders, deacons, and preachers?
  • How will we instill a sense of servitude into our young people and develop them into leaders?
  • We’ve reached our goals from our previous vision! What can we now do to continue to serve the Lord and glorify Him?
  • Ask yourself, “What can I do to help Margaret Street grow and insure her future growth?”

Do you want to see Margaret Street grow, or not?

    If you have the heart of a true Christian, then the answer should be a hearty, “Yes!” The mission of the church (her purpose) is to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10; Matthew 28:19,20). That implies we need to be reaching out and bringing lost souls within our community to the foot of the cross. Every year should be marked by many new faces being added to our number and more disciples being made through the teaching and preaching taking place here. Let’s develop a vision that will accomplish that principle, divine objective!
    The Bible says, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established,” (Proverbs 16:3 ESV). You might also consider these passages in our vision planning: Proverbs 15:22, 16:9, 19:21, 21:5; Matthew 6:33; James 1:5; Philippians 3:13-14, 4:6; Luke 14:28; and Psalm 20:4.
    I thank God that Margaret Street has a sound, visionary eldership to oversee our flock. I’m thankful that they are not only concerned about the souls of our current members, but also of the souls of those future, potential members of our church. That is why they are asking for our input, as a congregation, to assist them in developing a renewed vision for this congregation. It’s an exciting time for Margaret Street!