Advent Devotional 12/2: 8 Steps to 200
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
For the season of Advent, I will be writing a prayer devotional every day (except Sundays). It is my hope that we as a whole church can unite in prayer as we look forward to 2020. There is power in agreement. There is power when a church prays together.
I shared this past Sunday about our 2020 Vision. We want to grow to 200 in 2020. I also shared an 8 step plan that our church council has approved to get us there. It will be quite a journey, and I believe God will challenge us along the way to come even more into alignment and fellowship with him. We ourselves will be transformed and made whole so that we can be a greater blessing to the world.
Here are the 8 steps:
Establish Prayer, both corporate and private.
Love one another well by making sure everyone is in a care structure and that we are emotionally healthy.
Raise the standard of membership and discipleship.
Get organized by establishing best practices in our structure, leadership, planning, coordination and communication.
Make Sunday the best hour of the week through creativity, excellence and passion.
Renovate the campus for beauty, especially taking into consideration how new people experience our campus.
Get the Word out through evangelism and marketing.
Do good in the world, meeting real needs with the resources, creativity and power of the Holy Spirit.
I invite you to pray with me into this vision as we prepare ourselves this Advent for Christ to come in a fresh way into our church.
Father God, in prayer and counsel we, the people of Kardia Church, have discerned a vision for 2020. We trust that it is your will to guide our church to health and growth as we love you, one another and the world. You have said, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NIV). We dare not presume or go ahead of you. Our desire is to follow you as far as we can discern the path you have set before us.
We put away doubt and double-mindedness. We are confident in your love and power. You have said, “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NIV). And so it is with confidence and faith that we present this vision and plan before you. We ask that you bless the work of our hands, and be with us in the coming year to do all that you have in mind for us to accomplish.
We humble ourselves, knowing that it will not be in our own power or strength that we will be able to accomplish your purposes. “'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6, NIV). So we turn from trusting in our own strength or in the flesh. We trust in you, in your Son Jesus Christ, and in your Holy Spirit.
We pray this not for our own glory. We desire your glory, Father. We desire to make the name of Jesus known to the world. We desire the salvation and transformation of our world. We want to grow not so that we can take pride in ourselves, but because we want more people to experience the love, truth and power that is in Jesus Christ.
Give us more love for you and for people. Let everything we do be done in love. Pour your grace and power on us. Help us to turn from worldly living and give us the passion and discipline to pursue you above all things. Free us from everything that hinders that pursuit, including sin, distraction, addiction, and complacency.
We look forward to all that you are going to do in and through us in the coming year. We look forward to the transformation that will take place in our own hearts and lives. We look forward to the people whose lives will be changed by Jesus in our church. We look forward to the harvest that we will bring in with rejoicing. We thank you for loving us, being patient with us, and being faithful, even when we were faithless.
We pray in Jesus' mighty name, Amen.