God calls his leaders to create movement by guiding His people forward towards God's purposes for their lives (see Deut.1:6-7; 2:3). To do this, leaders need to talk about where we have come from (the past - history and heritage), where we are now (the present - what God is saying today), and where we are gong (the future).
Back in 1995, when I became a senior minister of a local church in Melbourne, Australia, I sensed God speaking to me about making a number of "prophetic (or strategic) shifts" in our church. A "prophetic shift" is "a change of thinking, inspired by the Holy Spirit, resulting in a change of behaviour that produces a greater effectiveness in fulfilling the purposes of God for this moment in history." This last weekend I review these seven shifts, highlighting their continued relevance in the life of our church. [To read a full summary of the 7 shifts, click here. Further and more in-depth details are in my book Transforming Your Church]
Like changing to a higher gear in a manual vehicle, these shifts help to create spiritual momentum in any church community. May each one of us keep in step with the Spirit at this time ... as Jesus continues to build His church and the gospel of the kingdom spreads to the ends of the earth.