2. Big Dreaming Requires Big Faith
God’s plan. The problem with so many churches today is that leaders are chasing their man-made ideas at the expense of God’s vision. Your ideas are not what is going to invigorate most of the people within the Church that you serve. The fact of the matter is that your ideas may not even get you excited. The church is not in need of another man-made idea. Man-made ideas don’t create a culture of follow through. We need fewer ideas and more God-given dreams. Your ideas may or may not get you up in the morning. God’s plan will motivate you far more. You will wake up every morning and sprint to the office to be a part of what God is doing. Receive God’s vision and work to follow it through to its completion!
3. Big Dreaming Requires Stewardship
T.E. Lawrence once said, “All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for the many act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible…”
The author of Hebrews reminds us that faith is the “assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Looking forward, into an uncertain future, requires one to live by faith. As a result, faith demands we accept challenges for which we may feel ill-equipped to face. Faith demands we tackle problems which we may feel uneducated to address. Faith demands we pursue opportunities which we may feel unqualified to achieve. Nevertheless, to face tomorrow’s challenges, problems, and opportunities, faith will prove to be the most important tool, if success is to be reached.
Good leaders are adequate stewards, but great leaders are great stewards. Great leaders understand how to steward their time, talents, energies, resources, etc. When we think about stewardship, we most naturally make a bee-line to a discuss money. But stewardship is so much more than simply money. Stewardship is one’s ability to use all the resources God provides for His glory. Some leaders can’t dream big because they don’t have time. Some leaders can’t dream big because they don’t have energy. Some leaders can’t dream big because they have squandered their resources. If you are going to dream big, you must be a proven steward of all that God has provided. You see, God did not fail to afford you everything you need to be effective in accomplishing all that He has called you to. You may have squandered His resource, but He did not fail to provide it.
4. Big Dreaming Requires Follow Through
There is a difference between a big dream and a big idea. A dream (vision) is a picture of what God wants to accomplish through His Church for His Kingdom’s purpose. Notice the progression; God’s picture, God’s Church, God’s Kingdom. When God reveals His plan to the leader, it is imperative the leader becomes laser-focused on accomplishing
What are you asking God for today? What is your dream for the future?
Dr. Michael Atherton, Senior PastorFirst Baptist Church of O’Fallon, O’Fallon, Missouri. Mike has served as a Senior Pastor for 15 years. Leading a church in a church merger, he has learned firsthand the challenges of a revitalizer. Mike is the author of The Revitalized Church. Mike leads a Mentored Master of Divinity program at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and is past President of the Colorado Baptist Convention.
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