"The seminar was a huge success. First of all, we reached our goal of casting and refining our vision. Secondly, and almost as important, was the process. It was not only very productive, but also a very Spirit-led time. As TLC led us through the vision defining process, we also shared in prayer, singing, devotions, testimonies, and extraordinary fellowship! As we carry out the Great Commission of our Lord, we pursue a vision, cast not by one or two people, but by the people of our church."
Does your church ever feel like it is past its prime? Have you wondered why, and what can be done to reverse that trend? This is not unusual, because every church has a limited life cycle.
Unless the church is revitalized, it will march to its own demise within a few decades, or it will essentially become ineffective in its ministry efforts, and just continue the programs of the church by the faithful to a diminishing group of adherents. But there is good news. The natural process leading to the end of its lifespan can be reversed so as to regain what has been lost or weakened by age and complacency.
The Vision Explosion Retreat is designed to guide the church to go back to an earlier life cycle age, and revitalize it through an explosive journey as its people define their primary Mission, develop their Focused Vision, and engage and equip excited disciples as they follow TLC’s proven process. This process will generate ownership, energy, and support for the renewed direction of the church.
The Vision Explosion Retreat is usually used in combination with Customized Pastoral Coaching by a TLC Vision Coach to form together the Vision Explosion Journey. It has also been used as a stand-alone event.
The Mission and Vision Statements?
The Mission Statement will not be handed to the church, but will be developed by the church leadership as they come together to contemplate and determine their church’s ministry assignment in their own community. It is intended to serve as the basis of developing the Focused Vision process, which follows the Retreat.
Whenever a church decides to move purposefully forward into its future, the leaders need to make sure its vision is well defined and current. A written Mission Statement that is not owned by the people, not currently guiding the ministries of the church, and not forefront on the hearts of the people is not sufficient, no matter how well-written and theologically-sound that Mission Statement may be. If its Vision Statement is not thought through carefully, then there will be no improvement and no renewed energy for serving in the church’s ministries.
What is the Retreat schedule?
Essentially, the Retreat is a dedicated weekend away from the church that is led by the Vision Coach, and sandwiched between two to three months of preparation and followed by three to four months of application, totaling about a six month window of renewal. It consists of three phases::
Through TLC’s guided format, it features drawing both the Mission and Vision out of the hearts of its leaders. Its strength is that it engages the people at each stage of the process, so they both own and support the results of the Retreat.
Who should attend?
This Retreat is for all the current leaders and teachers of the church and their spouses. The selection of the leadership will vary according to the church’s governing structure. The idea is to be more inclusive than exclusive.
TLC Ministries, Inc.
488 Shelly Lane
New Castle, Indiana 47362