Greetings from Vision Council. Recently I've caught a couple of episodes of a TV show that is right up my alley – Forged in Fire. The show is a competition between four bladesmiths who are challenged to forge specific swords that are then tested and judged on various performance metrics. As an engineer and someone who likes a little competition, the show is entertaining for me to watch. Part of the process of making a good blade is heat treating. During this process, the blade is heated to a specific temperature, then cooled quickly, typically in a bath of oil. At this point, the blade is "hardened" but also brittle – meaning the blade will hold a sharp edge, but when it hits something, it is more likely to break. So the blade then needs to be "tempered" – which means to reheat it to a lower temperature to take away some of the brittleness the "hardening" has created. This helps to balance the "hardness" (the ability of the blade to hold a sharp edge) with the "toughness" (the ability of the blade to hit something and not break). The heat treatment process itself is very specific, and it results in changes to the physical makeup of the blade. The blade would be much less useful if the heat treatment process is not completed or done incorrectly.
I believe the trials and challenges in our lives are part of God's heat treatment process for us. He uses those times – whose length are by His plan – to change us as well, to make us something different, something even more useful to Him and His kingdom! Romans 5:3-5 states that "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
And so we continue to move forward in hope – knowing that God continues to move in our church and we will continue to seek His will for us and follow His guidance!
Over the past month, Vision Council has contacted potential Governance Team members and is very close to having that team fully formed. We will have a kickoff meeting sometime in June, and we ask that you pray for that group as they start their work. Vision Council has also had some fruitful discussion in regards to defining a structure that will best situate us to do God's work going forward. We are not done with these discussions and ask for your continued prayer over this area that God's will would be clear to us. The final significant activity was discussion of the key take away's from the open forums held the end of April. Much discussion has been had here, and there is more to come. We will work to communicate plans as they firm up.
God continues to bless us during this time, and we thank Him for all He has provided us. This time serves to grow each of us to serve Him and His kingdom in new and awesome ways!
Vision Council President