Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Michael A. Milton's new book, Finding a Vision for Your Church: Assembly Required (P&R Publishing, 2012).

When you begin leading a church, it’s vital to cast a new vision for it. Developing a fresh vision for your church can bring your congregation together during this new season, helping you all pursue the work God wants you to do together in His kingdom.

Here’s how you can find a vision for your church:

Start with spiritual hunger. Begin by respecting the powerful forces for good that are already in place at your church and confessing your dissatisfaction with what’s not working well there. Ask God to give you and everyone else in the congregation a deep hunger to glorify Him in deeper ways.

Be passionate about the Bible. It’s vital for your church to have a passion for God’s Word and its power to transform people’s lives. Make sure that every sermon is rooted in biblical truth. Offer Bible studies and resources to those in your congregation. Encourage people to make a daily habit of reading the Bible and inviting the Holy Spirit to use its words to renew their minds.

Value the Great Commission. Emphasize the importance of evangelism. Help people in your congregation learn how to share their faith effectively with unsaved friends, family members, coworkers, and others they know who need relationships with Jesus. Urge people to take advantage of the opportunities God gives them to share the Gospel message with others.

Be committed to God’s grace. Since grace is at the core of the Gospel, make sure it’s your church’s top core value. When preaching, emphasize how God has done for people what they couldn’t do for themselves. Help those in your congregation avoid the unhealthy extremes of either legalism or licentiousness and instead choose to live faithfully as a way of expressing their gratitude to God for the grace He has freely given them.

Have a burning desire to see people go to heaven. Make it a top priority to help the people in your church learn more about heaven, and to motivate them to evangelize so the people they love here on Earth will end up there with them.

Don’t become desensitized to sinners. When sinful people seem like lost causes to you, pray that God would give you His perspective on them so you can see the spiritual potential they have. Expect God to do great work in the lives of all people – even those who may appear hopeless to you – if you trust God enough to pray for them and reach out to them.

Be optimistic and confident. Don’t be discouraged when you make mistakes and fail in ministry work. Instead, remember that God’s strength is more than enough to help you in your weaknesses. Ask God to empower you whenever you need His help, look forward to what He will do, and celebrate the victories that He gives you.

Work to baptize, teach, and make disciples. Keep reaching out to more people in your community, doing all you can as a congregation to introduce people to relationships with Jesus and equipping them to begin their new lives as Christians well.

Help people grow in their faith. Help people in your church grow to become strong disciples of Jesus who are growing with how they incorporate the Bible, fellowship, worship, prayer, and witnessing into their lives. Encourage people to develop the character traits that Jesus modeled during his life on Earth, and to discover and fulfill His unique purposes for their lives.