The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18 that “Where there is no vision, the people perish …” This is absolute truth. Churches that lack clear direction and vision are poorly funded because attenders have no clarity on how their sacrificial giving dollars will be used to accomplish the vision and build the Kingdom. Dr. John C. Maxwell has shared this incredible wisdom regarding this subject – “Where there is no vision, the people perish. And where there are no financial resources, the vision perishes. (Online Source)Of course, this is a common misuse of Proverbs 29:18 among seeker-driven pastors. Setting that fact aside for a moment, it is interesting to note that, in his pastoral epistles to Timothy and Titus (and in all of his letters, for that matter), the Apostle Paul never once instructed the young leaders to propagate some personal, yet "God-given" vision. Even less did Paul teach them that they must have a divine "vision" in order to maintain financial resources.
Noble has published these blog posts as a means of encouraging his church-leading readers to attend next week's Funded and Free conference. At this conference, attendees will gain the following insights:
Pastor, Proverbs 29:18 read properly and in context is not about the grand dream and vision that you claim God has granted you for the expansion of your church. As such, a conference designed to teach you how to fund that alleged vision is, in a word, unnecessary. Please read the Word, pastor, for this alone is God's true "vision." Then, preach that Word faithfully, and God will no doubt ensure that His will is accomplished.