A year ago I sat down with two of our guys, Brian and Jon, who asked me “how do we preach a message?” They had just stepped up to lead a new initiative with our men, that would become known as Forged, and were trying to figure out how to do it. In many ways they had bitten off more than they could chew.
Tonight I saw a man that a year ago couldn’t teach a coherent message communicate to an electric room with tact, humour and wisdom. This was disciple making at it’s finest.
They didn’t step up because they had the tools or the training. They didn’t know how to preach, teach or run events. They didn’t have a concrete plan. However, they saw a need to bring together men from our church into healthy community.
This process of releasing leaders is the heartbeat of our church. Each and every person that is a part of the Kingdom has a role to play in making disciples who make disciples who make disciples. Yes, we really do mean each and every person. Here are a few roadblocks they overcame as a part of that process.
1) Don’t confuse “I don’t” with “I can’t”
It’s easy to confuse what we don’t do with what we can’t do.
They saw a need but didn’t expect someone else to do what God was calling them to do. While they didn’t have all the tools they were willing to try. Just because they didn’t currently do something did not mean that they couldn’t do it or learn to do it.
2) Keep failing until you don’t
In my experience almost all of our projects require almost 6 or more months of “failure” before we see “success”.
By Brian’s own admission his first message was terrible. Their events were not always successful. In some cases no one would show up. They kept trying. They continued to invite people and try new ideas. They continued to practice what they did. They kept failing. Until they didn’t.
3) Ask for help
We need to learn to reach out for help in areas we need to grow.
They recognized where they could grow and asked for input. This required humility. They asked to learn how to do something they didn’t know how to do. If you don’t know how to do something ask someone who does.
Making disciples is not an abstract science. It is not a theoretical practice. It is the very real processes of watching men and women walk in relationship with God and develop a passion for seeing others do the same. When disciples start making other disciples we know that our own disciple making is real.
Is this uncomfortable? Yes. But we serve the Kingdom of Jesus. Not the Kingdom of Comfort.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations
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