If you have ever played tennis or soccer or basketball or golf (as well as many other sports), players are instructed to “follow through” their swing or kick or shot. It is vital for success. Without it, all other preparations go to waste. Your timing could have been perfect, but your follow through stopped short and your kick lost the power it could have had. Your stance and position were impeccable, but your wrist twisted during the follow through and now your ball is curving out of play.
Several years ago during a Goal Setting and Planning Meeting, the church worked on creating a Mission Statement and Vision Statement. We worked hard to make sure it was Biblically based. We revisited the wording again and again to make sure it was clear. We came to an agreement. It represented us as a church for who we were and what we wanted. The challenge then became to make sure that as an event or activity was introduced, we were to evaluate it against the Mission Statement. Did it align with the church’s goals?
We had the statements posted on bulletin boards and even added them to the church website. Some time later, someone had underlined parts of it.
To make followers of Jesus Christ, to worship, pray and fellowship together; to serve and impact our community and congregation for the Lord.
Ouch. We said we want to be a church that prays together, but were we? No. Unless you counted the prayer time during the worship service. Was what we said we wanted to do actually matching what we are doing? A painfully honest answer was no.
This was our vital follow through and we were off the mark!
Because someone was willing to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15) for this church body, we are now growing and maturing in this area. We have those who faithfully record the requests made known during the worship service so that we can add them to the prayer list that is put in the bulletin each week. A weekly prayer group meets in the evening after AWANA on Wednesday nights. In just a couple of weeks, a second prayer group will begin on Wednesdays at 1pm.
We have a chance to analyze ourselves again later this month during our Church Goal Setting – Planning Meeting. Please pray for us! Pray for us to see areas where we need to adjust or reset or remove and that we will follow through with those changes!
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.