We believe that a vision is a picture of what could be, combined with the conviction that it must be. Therefore, having a vision is crucial for any organization to succeed and move forward. Sojourn Network’s vision for planting healthy churches includes three primary facets:
We call our theological vision North Star, which represents the big picture plan for how we intend to raise more and better leaders. We recognize that when a church is unclear about who they are, where they are to go, and what they are to do, an unhealthy pattern emerges. The fundamentals of our faith are assumed or ignored which results in an obsession with hype. Churches pursue the new- est fad and, in a short time, a church grows confused, exhausted and disinterested.
The desire at Sojourn Network is to combat hype and fad driven churches with sobriety. We affirm there is nothing new under the sun and so we continually return to our North Star vision:
Whole Vision (God’s glory, our formation, and the Great Commission) takes a Whole Gospel (Kingdom, Cross, Grace) that transforms us as the Whole Church (servants, family, disciples, worshipers, witness) to take this gospel into the Whole World (location, vocation, recreation, restoration, multiplication), making into Whole People (head, heart, hands).
By defining the mission of Sojourn Network in a clear, holistic manner, young men can be developed into qualified leaders within our church and sent to not only start healthy churches but also to train and send men for themselves.
Organizationally, this theological vision sets the agenda for the nuts and bolts of Sojourn Network: 7 Components that find expression in 7 Venues.
We believe that offering these seven components and seven avenues are vital for the health and growth of your church. The 7 components that Sojourn Network offers are vision, training, assessing, coaching, multiplication, retreat, and funding. These elements help support the pastors and leaders of the local church.
In addition to the 7 components, Sojourn Network offers 7 avenues that helps support the vision and mission of the 7 components. These Sojourn Network avenues are the national conferences, regional cohorts, one-day conferences, personal coaching, annual pastor’s retreat, and quarterly communication and through the local church.
These components and avenues play significant roles in the network to help train and equip healthy pastors and leaders.
Spiritually, we want to use the theological and organizational visions to learn about our people – how their past informs their present and inevitably shapes their future. To do this, Sojourn Network uses three diagnostic tools to help pastors map out their past, present, and future.
We believe these three facets provide the necessary rungs from which our church planters and strategic partners can hang their own local visions for how to lead their churches into healthier, growing, and more mature places of gathered and scattered believers.