But Wait, There’s More…

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Ever visit a “made for TV” section at a pharmacy or some other store?

You’ll find some interesting gadgets. Most quite useful and others not so much. The commonalities they share are their uniqueness and practicality. You may not need them, but someone does.

And, each product was introduced with those infamous words, “But wait, there’s more…” Much the same could be said for the people you serve. They are unique, useful to someone, and there is certainly more to them than you or I would perceive at first – or tenth glance.

Question: Is every person in your fellowship God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for them to do? If so, God probably has more in mind than directing traffic in your parking lot.

As leaders, it falls on us to help our people discover that “there’s more” in store for them. This is where the purpose of the church comes into play. We’re appointed to equip the members of Christ’s body, the Church, for ministry.

The sometimes hidden key to church multiplication is a disciplemaking stream that equips disciples for more than they expect – more than we expect, too.

My problem and yours is that we expect too little of those around us. We see people as tools in our hands, rather than God’s. We fill slots in church programs while the Lord sees opportunity outside our circles in his harvest field. We’re busy recruiting people to mend the barn while the Lord of the harvest bids them into his fields. Paul caught this in Ephesians, where he reminds us that Jesus is capable of more than we might ask or think. Am I safe in suggesting this includes more than we can ask or think of our disciples?

I’ve watched a woman rescued from alcohol and a brush with adultery begin a food delivery ministry to a broken and poor neighborhood. That morphed into a kid’s church, but parents soon followed. Yes, she’s a woman, and that may not sit well with you. But don’t miss my point – my plans for her included little more than sobriety and faithful participation in church programs.

A tenth-grader called a prayer meeting over “girl fights” in a local high school. Not a member, but a friend of our church, we lent him our auditorium to hold the meeting – a serious overshot for the handful of people we expected. I showed up to offer moral support only to register awe at the 400+ young and old people in the crowd. Oh, and that prayer ministry grew to a series of monthly Tuesday night prayer events meeting on every high school campus in Hawaii. Even the Lieutenant Governor got involved. Students led the entire venture.

I could go on, but let’s end it with “But wait, there’s more…”

By the way, if this got you thinking, there is an excellent free eBook and a free video series, both titled Made for More at: exponential.org

Register now for Ralph Moore’s interactive conversation with Myron Pierce and Rob Wegner, pastor, author, speaker, and co-author of Made for More: 6 Essential Shifts for Creating a Culture of Mobilization.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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