• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

More Lessons Learned

The more I reflect on what I heard at the Lausanne Congress, the more I realize how many applications and take-aways there are.  But, I would like to wrap up with just two more at this point. 

One is: develop, mentor and release younger leaders.  This has been the subject of numerous posts in the past (see posts starting 05.06.2010), and it was also a major theme of Lausanne both verbally and practically.  Time and again, presenters encouraged experienced leaders to give of their time to engage younger leaders; to develop them as well as learn from them.  More than 700 participants at the conference were younger leaders.  As I said in a blog post several months ago: “We as well are faced with the difficulty of adequately trained (or prepared) workers to continue the ministry.  And it stems from a lack of mentoring or coming alongside new workers as they enter into ministry.  The mission we promote and serve is worth so much more than that of the construction business.  It is imperative that we re-evaluate our priorities and take the time to come around and support/mentor those who are stepping forward to enter into ministry.” 

Secondly, we should live humble, simple and authentic lives.  That is so easy to say, but the implications are profound.  Chris Wright in his presentation on Saturday of the conference ably framed the parameters of what this means for us today as “ministers”, “ambassadors” of God’s Gospel of reconciliation.  At the very least, it means that our lives should be characterized by a prayerful heart as we realize how the roots of selfishness and pride run deep in our hearts.  The result is reflected in the way we hold on to and use the resources God has entrusted to us.

Here’s my list so far:

Number❶ take-away: Preach, proclaim, and share the Gospel fearlessly

Number❷ take-away: Recognize that we are living in the 21st century

Number❸ take-away: Live out our identity

Number❹ take-away: We cannot accomplish the task on our own

Number❺ take-away: Develop, mentor and release younger leaders.

Number❻ take-away: Live humble, simple and authentic lives.

 

Would you join me in seeking to live these take-aways out in our lives and ministries and praying to that end?

 

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