Cast a Big Vision for the Mission of Your Church Plant

Lead Others


It is the role of a church planting pastor to lead people in carrying out the mission of the church. Every week, pastors everywhere cast the vision to equip and unleash congregations into their communities to make an impact for Christ. But take a humorous look at what could happen if you let the vision leak?



Don't let vision leak!  What vision are you casting about the mission of the church? 

Rick Blackwood serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship in Miami, Florida, a large and growing multicultural congregation comprised of more than seventy nationalities in a city where 93% claim to have no relationship with God. Rick shares what is important for church planters to know and do to be effective in reaching a city for Christ.



Rick talked about three important areas for church planters to develop:
  1. Articulate the Word of God
  2. Cast Vision
  3. Recruit People 

Rick said that "one thing that cuts across all cultures and to all people is Scripture. How competent do you feel in communicating the gospel in a relevant way? Do you tend to only preach topically? How could you increase your competency in preaching expositionally?
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Rick also explained that it is important for a church planters to be able to cast the vision of the mission. What is the mission of the church?
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What is your big, bold vision about your church plant to accomplish that mission?
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You certainly cannot carry out a big, bold vision on your own. Who is your core team of staff and/or volunteers to help you carry out the mission? Who and where are you recruiting?
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In this next video, Rick examines the context and conditions in Miami, Florida to re-iterate the importance of casting a big vision.


Revelation 2:13 (ESV)

13“‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faitheven in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Referring to Revelation 2:13, Rick said that he reminds people that Satan will fill a vacuum. So they must be aggressive. What is the context of the community were you are planting a church?
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What ideas do you have for big, bold way to reach your city? Prayerfully consider your list to make sure that the direction is from God and not your own ambition.
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Lead Yourself


As we lead people, we must also consider our own personal responsibility. Listen to Rick talk about how to lead people to live life on mission.


Rick talked about the importance of church leadership leading by example. How do you lead people to live life on mission in their workplace, neighborhoods and community? What examples can people point out about you?
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Christ Fellowship has been listed in the 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America.  Listen as Rick gives the one piece of advice that has served him well after his many years of experience.



Rick said that it is essential to remain teachable no matter where we start or where we end up. He recognizes the his skills and abilities are limited so he surrounds himself with people who can make up for his inadequacies. 

What are your strengths as a church planter? How are you utilizing them?
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What are your weaknesses as a church planter? Who have you unleashed on your team to make up for those inadequacies? Are there any other gaps that you need to fill?
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Ultimately, amid all the overwhelming ministry and administrative details that are involved in planting a church, our lives and ministry must be centered on the gospel—what Christ has done for us. How the gospel transforms you and the lives of the people you lead. Take a moment to reflect and celebrate God's glory in the sacrifice and love of Jesus.