The Power of Vision

July 20 1969On May 25, 1961 President John F. Kennedy spoke before a special joint session of Congress and proclaimed a vision to land an American astronaut on the moon and return him safely to earth before the end of the decade. Like me, many of you probably have vivid memories of watching that vision become reality on July 20, 1969. 

Part of what made President Kennedy’s vision so compelling and audacious is that the technology to make that vision a reality didn’t exist in 1961. Scientists had no clear idea of how to build the rocket engines necessary for the mission nor did they possess the necessary computing knowledge and power, just to name of few of the challenges they faced. But the power of President Kennedy’s vision fueled innovation and united our nation. Vision has that kind of power, the power to pull us together and to pull us forward.

After 50 years of remarkable ministry under the leadership of some remarkable people, current leadership at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church began to sense God’s call to a new vision. The community around us has changed dramatically, not to mention the world as a whole. We began to sense that what made us so effective in the past would not lead us to Kingdom effectiveness in the future. And so we began to listen, study and pray.

In July a Vision Team presented a bold, new vision for Prince of Peace. It’s a vision that challenges us to work collaboratively with diverse groups to bring hope and wholeness to all people, with special focus on children, seniors and people in poverty. What I find both exciting and comforting is that this vision isn’t a departure from our cherished past. In fact, if you connect the dots of the past you’ll see that they form a line delineating the trajectory of this vision.

Interested to know more? You can read the full vision document here. If you’d like a more narrative and visual version, click here. There’s also an FAQ that is constantly evolving that you can read here. I can’t wait to see this vision unfold. Come join us for the journey!

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