What Greatness Requires

A baseball coach from my childhood used to say to our team, “Everyone wants to be great, until it comes time to do what greatness requires.”  I sometimes reflect on those words when I am going through the daily and weekly grind of tasks and responsibilities.  Greatness is not a single event, it is a daily commitment to do the basic things with excellence, and to keep improving and developing over time.  This requires a lot of commitment, sacrifice and intentionality.

Great churches don’t just happen by accident.  Great churches happen when the people of the church commit themselves to doing what greatness requires.  My hope and prayer is that Virginia Beach Church, which is already a very good church, will become a great church.  We have the key ingredients: we have a facility, we have great people, we have resources and potential.  Listen to the State of the Church Address sermon from January 21.

Key Steps I Think We Need to Take to be a Truly Great Church:

  1. Excellent Facilities. Rebuilding the North Wing will be a significant project, worth doing in order to update and upgrade a part of our building that needs some work.  We are also making plans to replace the leaky roof on the South Wing, upgrade the HVAC, and improve/update our security equipment.

  2. Authentic Worship. Making sure that the music, sermon, sound, lighting, and the participation of the congregation is all devoted to honoring God with excellence and being inspired to live with Passion, Power and Purpose.

  3. Intentional Hospitality. We want to make sure that first time and returning guests are made to feel welcomed and noticed. This will require large numbers of volunteers who will be trained, equipped, and scheduled to serve as members of our “First Impressions” Hospitality Team, which will be forming later this year.

  4. Practical Bible Teaching. Discipleship that connects the timeless truth and wisdom of the Bible to the everyday realities of life.  The Bible has a lot to teach us about money, marriage, parenting, time-management, overcoming worry, etc. We want to make sure that we are helping people discover the power that comes from living life according to the wisdom of God’s Word.

  5. Fresh Anointing of the Holy Spirit. We are praying for a renewed sense of the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in our individual lives, as well as in the life of our church. 

In my view, this is what greatness will require in the months ahead.  I am so excited to be a part of the action here at VBUMC, and excited to see what God is going to do through you and me!

Pastor Mark Miller