Pastors Vision Statement
"And the LORD answered me, and said, 'Write the vision,and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith'".
As your leader, and pastor under God's Appointment, I place before you God's vision for Salem Baptist Church.
As your pastor it is not optional, nor is it negotiable.
We must have an effective vision that clearly defines WHO WE ARE, and WHERE WE ARE.
Then it must clearly define WHERE we are going and HOW we plan to get there.
So here is the vision, step by step:
1. Who are we? I believe we are an embryo in the hand of God, waiting to be born.
2. We are God's people, under a heavy load, because of our number and the size of our facilities.
3. We are going to lead people to understand that God wants involvement in His ministry for His glory. That means there is a place for everyone to serve.
4. We plan to teach the doctrines of the Bible, while standing firmly together as one family, ever reaching out to the lost and hurting in our community and city.
As a church family, we must dream of a place where the hurting can find healing from the terrors of this world.
As a church family, we must dream of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with every resident in our community.
Our dream is to develop and equip every new member into the ministry of Salem Baptist Church.
Our dream is to see God do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think.
Let us understand our mission in Matthew 28:19-20.
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
We are to go to our Jerusalem, that is our own community, where you live, where I live.
Then we are to go to our Judea, that is our city, or surrounding area.
Then to our Samaria, that is our country, or state.
Then He tells us to go to the uttermost parts of the earth. If we cannot go ourselves, we can support those who can.
But, if we don't love God, and we don't love people, we will never fulfill our responsibilities as a church family.
Look again at what Habakkuk said: we must make our vision plain to everyone. We must also keep it before us.
Proverbs 29:18 says,
"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
That is why I am trying to obey God, and get this vision before us.
Question: Do we believe this vision to be God's vision for us? The answer will be placed on what we do with it. My sincere desire is that we will take it and run with it.
a. The vision is plain!
b. God's command is clear!
c. Now it is up to us; will we accomplish God's mission for us?
If we are to be successful in this run, then we must stay focused on the prize of His high calling now; let us come together, to do the work, and leave the results to God.
Let us be patient. Galatians 6:9 says,
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
Salem, I have layed you before His feet, along with myself, now it's up to us!
- Dr. Charles Holland, Pastor