Last week, President Obama gave his final State of the Union address. Regardless of what you think of his time in office (or the speech itself), the State of the Union is a time-honored and wise practice. Every organization must periodically stop, take stock of its current position, and dream together about the future.
Inevitably, the start of a new year prompts me to think about what a “state of the union” might look like for our church. It begins, of course, with a glance backward. 2015 was filled with powerful reminders of God’s grace to us—our $55 million in Multiply commitments, a brand new campus in Alamance County, four new church plants, and hundreds of baptisms.
And as I look forward to 2016, I am praying through a handful of legitimately God-sized goals for our church. Some are more emphases than measurable goals (for now). Some are more audacious than others. Most are works in progress. But this represents our answer to God’s promise: “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalm 2:8).