• 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!

Learning to align

Several years ago, Tim A. wrote a blog post with the title: “The Nine Critical Shifts that must take place in missions today”.  It is well worth a read. shift

The first shift that he mentioned was: “Moving from being primarily doers to being primarily equippers of national workers.” Facilitation is one of the core guiding principles of World Team.  However, words on a page do not always translate well into specific changes in our practices by default.  Three changes, at least, ought to happen in our day to day approach to ministry for us to better align ourselves with facilitation.

First, change our often used vocabulary.  I hear myself and many of us say with a sense of overwhelm: “I’m just so busy. There are so many things I need to get done.”  Moving towards facilitation, I would hope to hear myself and others start saying: “To whom could I give this task? Who has capacity to take on this job?

Next, find our joy not in being platformed, but in platforming others.  It is understandable that our calling to cross cultural ministry often pushes us to centre stage. However, the overwhelming assurance that our calling depends entirely on God should create a deeper humility in our hearts.  We should move more quickly to putting the interests of others above our own (Philippians 2:3) and look to platform them into ministry.

Finally, operate from the principle that less truly is more.  Letting others discover the truths of the Scriptures and their application has more lasting fruit in the life of another.  Facilitating drives us to open ‘spaces’ where people can take limited but solid content shared and work out its impact on their lives, on their own and in small groups.  Maybe that three day training could be shared in two hours with the rest of the time given over to personal and small group discussion and application?

Actually, when we move from being primarily doers to equippers, a movement and the multiplication of disciples is more likely to be nurtured to life.

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