A church should begin a new venture with real vision and a lot of support and enthusiasm among its members. As the work progresses, there will be encouragements and surprises, but also discouragements and problems. People may lose enthusiasm. Leaders may leave due to health or work pressures. People in the community may feel threatened by changes and complain to the authorities.
A church needs to maintain and renew its vision. Set aside time to pray and seek God’s guidance. We can renew the original vision and enthusiasm through Bible study, reflection and teaching. We all need such times of refreshment in our Christian lives.
Make time to stop and review progress on a regular basis. Reflect on what is going well, what could be improved and what has surprised people. Consider whether the work is meeting the needs of the poorest. Give thanks to God for all the positive things that have happened. Don’t just look at the problems, which can so easily dominate! Such reviews allow people to share their feelings and concerns instead of building up resentment. Changes can then be made, if necessary. Some areas of work may be put aside to meet other growing or unexpected needs. Other people can be challenged to participate and share in the work.