However, I have learned something additional lately—thanks in part to Mahalia Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr. On August 28, 1963, King began his speech to 250,000 people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. However, Mahalia recognized the potential power of the moment and need for a course correction in Dr. King’s speech. At that moment, she began to call out repeatedly from her spot behind him on the platform, “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” And the rest is history!
While vision statements are necessary and keep your organization focused, your dreams carry more potential. They carry the passion and power. So while I will continue to wait until next January to share what I believe God is calling us to as a church, I have already begun to tell others in a variety of settings the dreams I have for First Wesleyan Church and the surrounding community to which He has called us.