Could you imagine going to the World Cup Soccer Championship and one of the teams only had one player? Imagine another team who had all 11 players, but everyone just did what they wanted instead of working as a team. Both of these teams would quickly lose their first game and get sent home! Victory can only be achieved when the whole team is playing and working together.
The church is no different. If the church is going to win souls and change our communities and cities, it will take all of our church members working together.
Here are four items and questions that will help you understand how your church can work together as a mobilized and unified team:
Vision – What is the picture that represents what you want your church to look like? Churches must choose if they want to be a soul winning, world changing church or not. Leaders paint the picture while the church must live it.
Culture – Is your church mobilized or passive? A mobilized church means the congregation is equipped and encouraged to win souls, make disciples and impact society. A passive church expects a few people to do all the work and is not focused on impacting society. These cultures are built over time.
Plan – Does your church have Small Groups, train people to win souls and serve people outside the church walls? Or does it simply meet on Sundays and hope this will be enough?
Work – Does the average person in your church serve inside and outside the church walls? The church is not a mythological place where things happen because people wish for them, it is a place where people serve in order to change lives.
The Church is not just a building, but a group of living breathing people who are filled with the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit that brought the universe into existence and brought Jesus back from the grave. The Holy Spirit also brings unity which results in God’s Power coming forth to change individuals and our communities.
The job of church leaders is to equip the individuals in our church to do ministry.
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12
It is when our church leaders equip the people in the pews or seats to do the work of the ministry, that the church will be mobilized and work as one team to change our world.
I will be sharing more on this important topic at The Activate Conference in Stamford, CT on October 8-9. Learn more at: https://youtu.be/2TCKtoOvEVs