Daily Dose, April 8 — Our Vision

Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;  let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD,  that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:6-9)
Last year, I had the privilege of working alongside a small group to develop a statement of vision for Alpharetta Methodist. Many of you haven’t yet seen or heard much about this - we’ve been a little busy with other things over the last year! (Have you noticed??) I’m confident that you will be hearing more about this vision statement in the weeks and months to come as we begin welcoming people into our new spaces for ministry. Part of the beauty of working with the team was the process it entailed. Before we ever came close to agreeing on what we might say, we spent time praying and reflecting. We gave voice to the things we’ve all experienced that have made Alpharetta Methodist unique - a place for us all to call home. We all believed that God will continue to use some of these same “character traits” as we move forward into the next season of ministry here. We prayed. We prayed a lot. We invited God to reveal a vision to us that demonstrated God’s heart and desires for all of us. We asked God to provide us a vision that was aspirational, giving us something to aim for that is beyond where we currently find ourselves. After many hours of meeting, talking, laughing, and praying together, a statement emerged. Even that part of the process was beautiful. Rather than several conflicting or competing statements, we felt consensus over ONE statement. It reads: At Alpharetta Methodist our vision is to be a diverse community that invites and welcomes all people to experience a loving relationship with Jesus Christ that will transform lives. Through the rest of this week, I invite you to join me each day as we explore the different elements of this statement. We’ll consider how God may change us and grow us so that we can see the vision become God’s reality. --Rev. Brad Greene