As I write today, I believe there are people and pastors reading this who are weary and in need of encouragement in relation to your church life.
The Holy Spirit is ministering renewal and a fresh sense of expectation to you.
A few weeks back I looked at identity and destiny from a personal level.
I noted that your DESTINY is the answer to the question, ‘What has God called me to do?’ While your IDENTITY is the answer to the question, ‘Who has God called me to be?’
This is also true of your church. 
If you can benefit from having your church vision renewed, here are some reflections that may help:
Your Church has a Unique Gift and DNA
The Hunk and I have been visiting churches of different denominations and movements for over 20 years, and we never cease to marvel at the unique grace and calling that is on each individual church. 
No other church has the same blend of people, leaders, vision, values, history, experience, gifts, strengths and call that your church does. Your church has its own, one of a kind, DNA.
Looking back, you can see a trail of clues where God’s blessing has been, where His power has been released, and where people’s lives have been impacted. Your church is individually anointed and called for a purpose.
The problem is, we sometimes forget these good things and lose our focus. Maybe our church has been through a season of difficulty, or we have become wearied through busyness or trials. When this happens, we need to remember the things that make our church great and why became a part of it.
Q: What are the things that comprise the DNA of your church—the ‘Distinctive Nature of your Anointing?’
Remember why you are Here
At this time of the year, when one can easily become weary and distracted, I believe God is calling us to rise up and celebrate—to remember the people and the qualities that make our churches great.
In every marriage, there are times when it is helpful to remember the things that attracted you to your partner in the first place.
In the same way, we also need to take time to reflect on the good things of our churches—those things that comprise our unique DNA.
We have been members of our local church for over nine years—since we immigrated to Australia from NZ. I spent much of that time on staff, as well as being a department leader.
In nine years, it has not all been smooth sailing. Whenever the waters become rough, it helps me to remember the unique qualities that I love about our church—the DNA that drew me to our church in the first place.
- I love that my church is generous, reaching out to our local community with love and practical assistance—and has a significant overseas mission impact
- I love that one of our values is being authentic and non-religious
- I love that my church makes unchurched people feel welcome and that I can bring a neighbour or friend in who does not know Jesus
- I love the passion in our church and leaders for the power of God to transform lives—to be a church not just of talk but of power
When I remember these things, then I know with absolute assurance that there is no place I would rather be.
Q: What are the qualities that drew you to your church in the first place?
God has a Unique Purpose for Your Church
When you study the New Testament, you see that no single church was alike. Each one had a unique gift and call.
- The Corinthian church was recognised as rich in the demonstration of spiritual gifts (1 Cor 1:5-7)
- The church at Philippi had a unique partnership with the Apostle Paul’s ministry (Phil 4:15)
- The Thessalonian church was known for the regional influence of its testimony (1 Thess 1:8)
- The church in Philadelphia was an example of faithfulness and perseverance in hardship (Rev 3:7-13)
- The Macedonian churches were known for their gift of generosity (2 Cor 8:1-2)
- The church at Antioch was uniquely positioned as the capital of Syria, a province of Rome, and became a centre of missionary activity to the Gentiles.The apostles Paul and Barnabas were sent out from there—both released from and reporting back to, their sending church (Acts 13:1-3, Acts 14:26-28)
- The Jerusalem church had a unique position as the founding church. It had governmental influence and was a centre of missionary activity to the Jews (Acts 16:4-5, Gal 2:8)
One of the things we notice about this list is that even smaller churches can have a significant impact beyond themselves.
The key lies in identifying the unique gift that God has entrusted you with—and taking that to the world.
Q: What is on the heart of God for your church to be known for?
It is Time to Dream Again
Why has God placed your church in your community, in your nation, in this generation? It is for His purposes.
It is time to dream again, because your church has a calling and a mission that cannot be fulfilled by any other church.
And God has called you personally to be a contributor towards that calling.
For a free, comprehensive 10 page questionnaire to help you discover the unique DNA and Mission of your church, click here for the Enliven Blog Articles page.
Do you have any further thoughts about this topic, or something that you would like to share about your own church? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the comments box below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
 I am sharing a favourite photo in today’s post—taken on the day we were received into membership in our home church.
 Much of this was in our capacity as missions leaders, including the 9 years my husband was National Director of a mission agency in New Zealand and Australia. I now minister itinerantly with David McCracken Ministries—often accompanied by my husband Malcolm—or ‘The Hunk,’ as he is affectionately known!
© Helen Calder 2011 Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church