Vision Casting

Fresh Eyes


Transforming Your Congregation for Missions

The photo at left shows the leadership team of First Baptist Church of New Market in Piscataway, NJ, at work as they complete the first stage  of the congregational missional transformation journey that they have covenanted to undertake with ABCNJ's assistance. The Rev. Dr. Victor "Ken" Cadette is the senior pastor of the church. The leadership team, after a period of disciplined discernment, felt called to look at the future ministry and mission of FBC of New Market with fresh eyes. What is God calling them to be? What is God calling them to do?

The task of God's people in a specific time and place never remains static and unchanging. As vessels of Jesus Christ's continuing presence in the world, we are called into seasons of ministry and mission appointed by God always "for a time such as this." The Holy Spirit - alive and active in the world - always discloses new duties for a new day. So to periodically pause to reflect on and clarify the vision of a church is an essential component in the spiritual journey of a congregation. Mission and ministry emanates from a clear vision.

This is why there are three pillars that undergird the regional vision of ABCNJ: we are Christ-centered, mission-focused, and loving (pastoral) in spirit. God is a missionary God, who sent an only son to save, restore and redeem the world. And so being mission-focused is the visible expression of our discipleship.

If your congregation desires to undertake a similar journey of looking into your vision and mission with fresh eyes, and in light of what God might be calling you to be and to do in the future, let us know. This is another service that your region offers. We will be delighted and privileged to walk alongside you in this exciting adventure!



What You See, And What You Don't


The Pastor as Vision Caster

Is vision cast, or is it first received? If it is first “received” then one must admit that it comes from a source outside of one’s self. What does it mean for a pastor to be reminded of the words of Elihu to Job, when he told him that the God of the Bible whom we serve speaks “in a dream, in a vision of the night…(33:15)"; or reveals the divine self to Isaiah in unspeakable glory “high and lifted up”, whose voice “shakes the foundations of the thresholds? (Is. 6)."  Is that vision ours? How do we know it’s ours – and when it’s not?

We are entering the post-Pentecost season in our Christian calender called "Ordinary Time", from the Latin, "ordinal", which means "counted weeks." But far from being ordinary, it is traditionally the season devoted to the reflection on the nature and mission of the church.  A perennial problem, however, is that this period in our liturgical calendar is swallowed up in the vacation mode of summer. Many theologians have made the observation that Pentecost is the most neglected season of the Christian liturgical calendar - and rightly so.

So, as a preemptive strike on the coming "summer doldrums", I would like to share some thoughts on a very important topic on pastoral leadership. It is adapted from a lecture that I presented this past January to the annual gathering of the Convention Baptist Ministers Association at Central Philippines University in Iloilo City, Philippines. Just click on the link below. I am interested in your thoughts as well. If you want to engage in a sincere and earnest dialogue with me, use the form below to send me an email.

The Pastor as Vision Caster

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