The Vision Revisited
Dr. Dennis Demuth

The Vision Revisited
Dr. Dennis Demuth
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
One of the reasons the United States is experiencing economic, political, and social disarray is because of a departure from the vision  established when this nation was founded.  Following the great depression Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his First Inaugural Address on March 4, 1933, said,
Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.
True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.
Our Responsibility as Staff

It is our responsibility as staff at Victory Christian School to focus on the vision that God gave Pastor, Billy Joe Daugherty for Victory Christian School. It is through this vision that the school staff receives direction and guidance. As our staff acts upon this vision, the Holy Spirit empowers and anoints us to fulfill the vision. Coming into agreement about the vision unites us in seeing the vision fulfilled, according to Matthew 18:19: "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven."
The Vision
The following is part of a transcription presented by pastor, Billy Joe Daugherty in 1985, concerning the vision of Victory Christian School. The purpose of the taping was to provide a copy for parents who were considering enrolling their children in Victory and for individuals who were seeking to be employed at Victory Christian School.
The Importance of Agreement
“The Bible says in Amos 3:3, how can two people walk together unless they are in agreement. It is important for you to understand the vision of Victory Christian School. As you're considering this decision, I want to put before you the thing that caused us to found the school, principles we've built upon, and then pray with you that you will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit as you make this decision. Habakkuk 2:2 says to write the vision and make it plain that he who reads it may run. We've written the vision, materials are in your hands where you can see what Victory Christian School is all about, but it's also important for you to hear from me personally, for God gave us a specific vision concerning the school.”
Desire to Change America“Our church began in 1979. In that year, God put in our heart that we were to start the school. It had come into us about three years before that. In fact, the seeds had been put in me while I was at all ORU. The professor said one day in class, “if we’re going to change America, we must build Christian schools and raise up Christian day care centers. If we can touch the young people and get them while they are young, then we can make a terrific change in America”. That lodged inside of me and a dream began. In 1979 when we began the church, the Lord released us to start school that fall and over the years, we have grown.”
More than an Alternative to Public School
“When we first began, it was in our hearts not just to have an alternative to the public school. It's very important for you to realize this founding purpose. We know that it's good that there are schools that have that vision; their purpose is to have the school where you can pray and read the Bible and have discipline, patriotism, and quality education. We determine that all of these would be in our school, that we would be a school where there was prayer, there was regular Bible reading, there was discipline that could maintain the standards in the classroom, there would be patriotism where young people would be taught to honor our nation and appreciate our heritage, and also to have quality education. To have teachers with degrees and to have someone in each area that had understanding of the educational process that would oversee those teachers, so we've done that.“
The Main Purpose
“We've done our best to have a quality educational program, but this was not to be the main purpose of our school. What came into our hearts was that the school would be a place to train up students who would do the ministry of Jesus Christ, that they would be prepared and equipped and trained to take the ministry of Jesus to the ends of the earth.“Now this doesn't mean that we expected every student to grow up and to be a minister. By that, we didn't anticipate all of them being preachers, pastors, evangelists, prophets, apostles, teachers, but we did expect all of them to be involved in the work of the ministry. We realize that there would be an avenue of ministry through business, through nursing, through education, to all avenues, but while we had the young people in school, we would teach them how to witness their faith, how to share Jesus Christ effectively with other people. This would involve practical as well as training in the classroom. We would teach them how to love the hurting people, and part of our vision was to take our students before they graduated to a foreign field to let them see the really needy people on the earth and to give them a heart to love and out of that loving, to share and to give what they had, to give of themselves, their time, their efforts, their money, as Jesus came to give of himself. Our goal is to teach these young people how to pray and how to pray the prayer of faith for healing, for miracles, and for deliverance. How to operate in the gifts of the spirit, how to administer the healing power of God, how to minister deliverance to those that were bound by devils to set them free. So our vision then was in the classroom, an academic setting where we have students so we could actually train them. Our purpose and our motivation and the bottom line of all of this were to get people into the ends of the earth sharing the message of Jesus Christ, so that's where we began.”
The Importance of Understanding the Vision
“It's important for you to understand that as you're evaluating whether or not you want your youngster in our school, because from the moment they come in until the moment they leave, we’re going to do everything within our power to see that our vision will be fulfilled and that the young people that are sent to us will be trained to do the work of the ministry.”
Staff in Agreement with the Vision“Victory Christian School is a place where all our teachers, all of our staff and administration attend victory Christian Center. We feel that having a single vision is important. We’re not saying 45 different things. These are people who attend our church, listen to me preach, who hear me talk to them, here other administrators and assistant pastors talk and share the vision so that when they go into the classroom, I have confidence that they're not saying what somebody else wants them to say. They're not teaching and preaching and ministering things that we don't agree with. Now you might think that would be the way to go and maybe that is for some, but it's not worth my time and my effort and the money that we've invested to put people in the classroom who don't agree with us, so we've told all of our teachers they have basically two choices. One is to agree with us, or the other one is to resign, and it's a simple deal with us; because if we’re paying them, we’re paying them to fulfill the vision that's been put in our hearts, and we try to make sure they understand that vision, “