I believe we are at one of the biggest transitions for the church in recent history.
All over the United States at least, I am seeing pockets of like-hearted believers
who are starting to value the presence of God more than personal preferences, and
they are placing a greater importance on relationship rather than religion.
A New Look at Disciple Making
We've been asking ourselves the question, “What’s more important, building our church
or seeing our city saved?” We are choosing the latter and then asking another thought
provoking question closely tied to the same idea: “What kind of disciple does it
take to see a city transformed?” I think it’s interesting to approach disciple making
from this perspective. If we can find out heaven’s end goal for the earth, what
if we could reverse engineer it from there?
Heaven’s Plan for the Earth
We read in Mathew 6:9-10 what is typically called “The Lord’s Prayer”. It is a great
indicator of what heaven is working towards when we read, “...your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” If we are going to make earth like
heaven, then we have to start making disciples towards that end. Our lives and gatherings
must start to become heaven centered or presence centered instead of event and numbers
centered. We have to start stewarding atmospheres for encounter where there is no
competing agenda with His presence, and we have to start creating media that carries
that same encounter in a transformative way.
What if in our zeal to build a preference centered church, we are actually robbing
generations of a presence centered legacy? What God is doing in the earth is multi-generational,
each generation building on the truths established by the one before it. What if
we began to ask God what He was planning for the next generation? I believe that
if we can push our ceiling of what’s possible even higher, taking the limits off,
we can create a platform for the next generation to launch off of that will propel
them into exploits that will turn the tide from darkness to light in one century.
Presence Centered Community
What if we started building a community whose core values were built on the presence
of God and on relationship? What if we gathered regularly within that community
in order to practice moving in the presence of God together in a way that empowered
and transformed the people’s lives that we were gathering with? What if by example
we began to value relationships in such a way that it strengthened a bond of unity
between believers and created a momentum that crushed darkness with a single word.
I not only believe that it’s possible, but I believe that we are charged to do it.
Institution or a Movement?
We are moving away from events centered ministry and into adding momentum to a kingdom
movement that is already occurring. If we are stewarding a movement that is born
form heaven, then everything we do and say is going to serve that movement. Movements
are powerful because they are often more flexible, more connecting, more inclusive,
and more community centered than a single institution or ministry could ever be.
Kingdom movements unify and strengthen disciples to be powerful participators with
the speaking and doing agenda of heaven. Kingdom movements build a legacy that serves
the next generation and empowers them to find their voice. Kingdom movements invest
in people, championing and challenging them to link arms with like-hearted believers
and do the impossible!
Let’s invest in the next generation of world changers starting right now. Let’s
value each other and link hearts and minds to see cities transformed and nations
discipled. Let’s be the Church. Let’s champion people. Let’s release heaven on earth.
After all, we were born to change the world!
If you are interested in hearing more about this subject, I was recently interviewed
on the Here Be Lions podcast. Listen at: Here Be Lions Podcast