• 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!

Raising and releasing

In a post last week, I described “developing” as providing opportunities and situations for others to grow and develop in their gifts and abilities; and that through those opportunities people would learn to grow themselves and help others do the same.leadership_kids_460x314

A working group I created to look at core values put it this way: “Christ was the first to develop and release leaders into the work of proclaiming His salvation to the ends of the earth, and the exhortation of Christ was that we would imitate His work in walking alongside people, developing them to release them to do the same, for the sake of His name and salvation to all people. WT seeks to honor God by doing this both through church planting among the nations as well as among our own community (Matthew 28:19-20).”

Two insights caught my attention. First, we are called to imitate His work, but it is ultimately Jesus who carries out the development process in the life of a disciple and of a leader. Our role is more of “raising” a disciple or leader by consistently pointing them back to Jesus, to learn from Him.

Second, in everything we do, in our ministry and in our life in the community, God desires that we create a context whereby others can grow in their commitment to Christ as a disciple or as a leader. We honor God by turning over, by releasing His ministry into the hands of others who we pray will do the same.

4 Responses

  1. “… consistently point [those we disciple/mentor] back to Jesus” is a KEY element in this value. I find that those who have most effectively discipled me, and trained me, have done this well

    • This is the KEY as you say, but also one of the most difficult tasks. It involves a willingness on our part to demonstrate gospel humility in our raising and releasing of leaders by acknowledging our own need of Christ every day!

  2. The challenge is in what Paul said: “Imitate me as I imitate Christ”. This means that ‘raising and releasing’ is not so much about a training method which results in empowered indigenous leaders; but a personal lifestyle model which encompasses humility, sacrificial love, patience, faithfulness and the esteem of others as better than oneself. And then I must had (thanks to Roland Allen) trusting the Holy Spirit to lead and empower them as much as you believe He has led and empowered you.

    • You said it better than my response to Jacob. Raising and releasing is difficult because it requires both input and lifestyle. There are certainly key principles that a leader needs to develop and grow in, but without gospel power, all their efforts will be without the Spirit’s power.

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