Stories about Olympic athletes show two key attributes: an ability that they consistently develop and a vision of what they might accomplish.
I believe that God also gives congregations specific abilities and that congregations flourish by focusing on what they might accomplish together. By focusing on experiences of excellence and holy we can re-frame past difficulties and recognize God leading us into ministry together. By focusing on our strengths, we can achieve excellence.
Over the next month or so I hope we will listen to each other’s stories of when we have experienced our congregation excel and our hopes for the future. Then collect all of our stories and look for correlations, times when several people experienced the same ability or expressed the same hope for what God is calling us to accomplish together.
From now on, brothers and sisters,
if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable,
focus your thoughts on these things:
all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure,
all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.
– Philippians 4:8 (CEB)