• 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!

Developing and releasing

Our current final core value is developing and releasing leaders.leaders bis

I think most of us end up focusing on the final part of this phrase: leaders. What about disciples? What about other workers? What about national partners? Aren’t we concerned about developing and releasing these people as well?

Perhaps the core value should be written: developing and releasing. If our core values are: “those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves,” then focusing on the action verbs of this core value might help us to understand the practical outworking of this value and the focus group(s).

Developing” seems somewhat intuitively clear. It’s about providing opportunities and situations for others to grow and develop in their gifts and abilities. It’s about walking with them in this process and serving as an encourager, a mentor and a coach. It’s about time and face to face interaction. Our ultimate desire is that this person would learn to grow themselves and ultimately help others do the same.

Releasing” is another story. If we were at all honest, we would say that we enjoy the developing part, but are not that enthralled by the releasing part. It signals a change to a current working relationship. It means we will give over responsibility to this person and no longer hold a role of authority in their life and development. Those of you who have children know the difficulty of this transition when your child leaves home to go to university or begin work on their own.

I guess this is why these words of Christ are having new meaning for me in these days: “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18) Jesus actively “sends” us, or releases us, into the world. He certainly knows the struggle we face to “release”, but He abundantly provides the grace and the courage for us to be able to “send” others out.

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