The visioning process is a planning process to help Lake Deaton discern God’s will for our mission and ministry and help set the future directions and cohesive priorities.  This process begins by understanding who we are as a congregation (“What is”), where God is directing us (“What ought to be”), and what we can do to achieve God’s will for Lake Deaton (Renew our commitment). The visioning process is a call to close the gap between the “what is” and “what ought to be” while reflecting on the values, beliefs, hope and dreams of a Christ-centered congregation.


Email the ReVision Team at revision@lakedeatonumc.com

Re-Vision Resources

  • Re-Vision Letter

    Grace and peace to all members and friends of Lake Deaton United Methodist Church! 


    As your pastors and Lay Leader, we are writing  to share our excitement about the beginning of a process called “Re-Visioning”.  This is a visioning process to help Lake Deaton discern God’s will and plan for us and we need everyone’s participation.  Everything we do will be undergirded with prayer as we seek God’s direction and blessing for our future...click here to read more

  • Responding to the Light - Five Practices of a Fruitful Congregation

    Opportunities for participation & providing feedback to our Re-Vision Team

    Lake Deaton will soon launch our church-wide study of the book, Five Practices of a Fruitful Congregation. Beginning April 11, our worship services will focus on the themes of this book as we listen for God’s direction and explore what these practices might mean for our church.  This study is part of our revisioning process, and the Re-Vision Team is eager to have everyone participate and provide input as we develop the Vision, Core Values, and some strategic goals for our church over the next 2-3 years. We want everyone to be involved!


    Small Group opportunities - In addition to reading the book and viewing our daily online video devotional, we encourage everyone to participate in a group for conversation and fellowship. We know the Holy Spirit moves whenever Christians come together in prayer, love, and seek God’s guidance and we expect God to make clear the path for our church’s future through this process. The Re-Vision Team will be providing a study guide with questions for each chapter to assist you. The answers to these questions will also provide important input to the planning process.


    When does the study begin?  Existing small groups will determine their own meeting schedules. The following dates and themes are for our weekly worship services. Our study and discussion of the sermon topic and book chapter will occur the week following the worship. Example:  Following the weekend worship services, April 12 - 17 we will be discussing Being a Fruitful Congregation using chapter 1 as our text.  


    April 11 - Responding to the Light – Being a Fruitful Congregation - Chapter 1

    April 18 - Responding to the Light - Radical Hospitality - Chapter 2

    April 25 - Responding to the Light – Passionate Worship - Chapter 3

    May 2 - Responding to the Light – Risk-Taking Mission & Service - Chapter 4

    May 9 - Responding to the Light – Intentional Faith Development - Chapter 5

    May 16 - Responding to the Light – Extravagant Generosity - Chapters 6 & 7


    How can you participate?  Click here to sign up for you group option.   

    • Our existing small groups meeting in homes will have the opportunity to study the book together. Please check with your group facilitator if your group has not already discussed using this book as a study. 
    • ZOOM Groups -  no matter where you are located, you can join us using ZOOM.  Each week there are 3 ZOOM gatherings. If you miss one, you can join any of the others!  All run for 6 weeks. Tuesday at 10:00am Zoom class  - starting on April 13; Tuesday at 7:00pm Zoom class  - starting on April 13; Thursday at 2:00pm Zoom class - starting on April 15. 
    • Wednesday in-person groups - starts meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 3:00 pm in the CLC (Christian Life Center). 

    How can I get a book?  The church has purchased books and they will be available to you. A suggested donation of $15 helps cover the costs but please do not let finances keep you from participating. Books are available to ALL.  


    You will soon be able to order books online on our web site and then pick them up at the church on the dates below.   You can also purchase books on the following dates and times with cash or a check.  

    • April 7th and 8th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
    • Before and after worship services in the narthex on April 10 & April 11. 

    Please let us know if you have any questions. You can email the ReVision team at revisionteam@lakedeatonumc.com

  • Q and A Sheet for Re-Vision Process

    This two page sheet will answer many of your questions about our re-vision process.  It also provides information about who is on the revision team.  Click here to read the Q and A Sheet.

  • Prayer of Jabez Printable

    Click here to download a PDF printable of the Prayer of Jabez.

  • Prayer of Jabez Resources

    The Prayer of Jabez Bible Study by Bruce Wilkinson

    The Prayer of Jabez Bible Study reveals how to make praying the Jabez prayer a lifetime habit. Readers will broaden their understanding of the four components of the Jabez prayer ("bless me; enlarge my borders; keep Your hand upon me; keep me from evil") by investigating key scriptural passages and learning how to apply them to their lives. Graphics and lighthearted illustrations make this innovative, four-week study impactful and fun. An eighty-page Leader's Edition with two additional, optional sessions is also available. Available on Amazon or other book stores.


    The Prayer of Jabez Devotional by Bruce Wilkinson - 31day devotional journal

    The Prayer of Jabez Devotional is designed with you in mind.  Every page is intended to help you make a lifelong habit of beginning each day with the expectation of seeing--and participating in--God's supernatural plans for your life.  You'll find thirty-one days of personal mentoring and encouragement, plus suggestions for recording your spiritual journey in the accompanying volume, The Prayer of Jabez Journal. Available on Amazon or other book stores.


    The Prayer of Jabez Music….a Worship Experience

    An audio CD with musical selections inspired by The Prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10.  Beautiful music for worship or devotional time. Available on Amazon or YouTube.

    Four songs from YouTube:  

    Prayer of Jabez - The Prayer Of Jabez - YouTube

    Be in Your Blessings - Be In Your Blessing - YouTube

    Bless Me - Bless Me (The Prayer Of Jabez) - YouTube

    Beyond the Borders - Beyond The Borders - YouTube

  • Listening for God

    Many people have already shared about how they have been blessed by praying the Prayer of Jabez for themselves and for Lake Deaton. One person is keeping a written journal of the insights God brings during her prayer time. Another person shared that she had always been hesitant to talk to her neighbors about God and church and that, after praying this prayer for several days, she felt more peace about sharing her story with others! Another person spoke about how they had never felt worthy of asking for God’s blessings for them. They surrendered the burden they had carried as they hung their hurt on the tree in our worship center and picked up a butterfly, a symbol of God’s steadfast love and hope. Now they are praying for God to bless them knowing that “when I am blessed I can bless others.”


    Our ReVision Team would like to hear from you during this listening period if God reveals something to you about Lake Deaton in your prayer time.  You can email us at revision@lakedeatonumc.com or drop off a note to the church office. As you pray, if needed here are some questions to provide a focus upon:


    • Do I believe God wants to bless me?  Bless Lake Deaton?
    • What blessings is God sending for my life?  For Lake Deaton?
    • How does God want me to “enlarge my territory and borders”? For Lake Deaton?
    • Do I trust God to “keep me from evil”?  Keep Lake Deaton from evil
    • What in my life needs to change so that I  “may not cause pain” to others?  What does Lake Deaton need to change so it may not cause pain to others?