The leaders of microchurches don’t tend to do all of the heavy lifting. The burden is shared like the moving a piece of heavy furniture. The same piece of furniture that threatened to break the back of a solo lifter reduces to the weight of a peanut when shared by a few extra sets of hands. It’s no different when believers all pitch their gifts into the mix of mission, or as Paul says when “each part of the body does it’s share of the work.”
Unfortunately, we’ve replaced using our spiritual gifts with doing church chores. You know the usual suspects; folding bulletins, laying out the donuts, working an overhead, changing the slides… Not really the kind of thing that excites the average believer, is it? Believers tend to get fired up when their gifts are coursing through them, and in a microchurch context, they get to do the real stuff; what Paul calls “the work of the ministry” In a microchurch, leaders aren’t feeders. They aren’t star players that everyone else watches. Instead, leaders function like coaches who support others as they run the ball of mission down the field as a team. Average everyday believers score the touchdowns, resulting from a team effort. The leader is on the sidelines most of the time, and the points go to Jesus. After years of doing ministry like a losing team, it took reinventing the game to start the turn around and start winning.
Everyone would agree that the church was winning in Acts 2:42. After all, everybody wants an Acts 2:42 church. Just ask a Christian to quote it on demand, and you’ll get a wispy-eyed conversation about “how church ought to be”. However, what we often miss in that verse is that it’s not about leaders, but about everyday believers and the effect they had on their community. That entire verse is what the old ladies, housewives, laboring men, slaves, and dopey teenagers did together. They all met, devoted themselves to the teaching, prayed, ate together, and gave generously. As a result of everyday believers activated in their gifts, the Lord added to the scoreboard by adding to their numbers…daily.
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As church planters it can be easy for us to get caught up in the phrase, “what would Jesus do”? Many of us feel like we need to follow along in his steps and actions in order to be successful, but there are some important things that we need to keep in mind when we make that comparison. That’s what today’s podcast is all about.
The race to create a longer lasting light bulb didn’t happen overnight. Thomas Edison poured in thousands of hours through trial and error to deliver a household item to the world that most of us take for granted. Relentless and determined, his constant mantra to his tireless crew of inventors was “There’s a better way! Find it!” Many of us who have planted multiple churches can relate. We feel that we’ve spent countless hours of trial and error, fumbling our way forward, in hopes of creating the longer lasting church plant.
Like the team necessary for the invention of the longer lasting light bulb, Microchurches also require a dedicated crew who are relentlessly dedicated
If you missed Part one of, Jesus the Crowd Killer, you can check it out HERE
Do we get too excited about conversions? “250 people dedicated their lives to Jesus!” I don’t know if somebody’s counting raised hands, or if all of those people are filling out cards, but I can tell you after 21 years of ministry experience, that it can be as deceptive as people shouting “Hosanna” one Friday, and “Crucify Him” the next. Jesus talked about the “flash in the pan” conversion during the parable of the sower. He wouldn’t give himself to men, because he knew what was in the heart of man. After being on the mission field for 12 years, I confess that I’m a bit wrecked for a lot of what we do. In countries where there is little to no gospel witness, these tactics don’t do. You still have to fall back on the good old-fashioned tactics from the pages of the book of Acts.
Statistician Abraham Wald’s research on where to put extra armor on warplanes during World War II is a wonderful example. The British and U.S. air forces were concerned because many of their planes were being shot down. They wanted to use more armor, but were not quite sure where to put it. Wald put a mark on every bullet hole in the airplanes that returned from battle. He found that two major sections of the fuselage—one between the
“Eat my flesh and drink my blood”.
It was a crowd killer.
The disciples were upset. They’d just been on an exciting preaching tour with Jesus. There were miracles, free food, and anything else that a circus had to offer. It looked like the makings of a great movement.
There was only one problem. Jesus wasn’t calling people to join the circus.