A Mind to Work
1 Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. 2 He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?” 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building -if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!” 4 Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before * You, for they have demoralized * the builders. 6 So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
Vision – what we will become
“Blue Ridge United Methodist Church will be led by God in a united fellowship to grow as a dynamic congregation serving the Blue Ridge community.”
Mission – what we will do
“Blue Ridge United Methodist Church will be ambassadors of Christ to the Fannin County community through service, hospitality, generosity and education.”
Slogan – who we are
“Ambassadors of Christ”.
The world is full of idea people – have a solution for every problem, a suggestion for every circumstance
So easy to do – requires little education, insight, courage, intelligence
The best among us do not answer where do we need to go
The best answer how we are going to get there
The present – requires honesty
The future – requires hope
How are we going to get there?
God always provides a leader when leadership is needed
Establish a direction
Make disciples – evaluate everything we do
Add programs, create “the path”
Core values – spiritual vitality; excellence, transparency, fun
Goal of no waste – time or money
John Wesley’s rules for preachers. 1. Be diligent. Never be unemployed a moment. Never be triflingly employed. Never while away time; neither spend any more time at any place than is strictly necessary.
Efficient policies, procedures
Communication – congregation, leadership, staff
Get the right things done, do them well and enjoy doing them!
Transform the culture – Excellence, Enjoyment, Effectiveness
Transferable virtues – discipleship is not the sharing of information, it is the conveyance of life
The will to live – not an institutional decision
Comes from God – obedience to purpose
Fulfill our vows – prayers presences gifts, service witness