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Pimping the Church (Part 2 of 2)

The first post was comparing sex trafficking with how we market the Bride of Christ (the Church).

As I mentioned, I believe there is an unshakable hope for the Church…

Ministries (the skimpy clothing) within local churches are well intentioned to say the least. I have no problem with them. It’s when we use these ministries as a cloak to cover our deeper, more hidden agendas.

make-disciples-textFor example, I’ve had the privilege of serving students in our local church. Now obviously, if someone were to ask me why we have a student ministry in our church, I would reply with something like, ‘to usher students into a deeper walk with Christ’ or ‘to lead students to love God and love people.’

These are true statements. That’s what I desire for those I lead. But I also know that numbers are what people want to see.  Because if there’s numerical growth, then our sales tactic is working.  What if a ministry in your church consisted of one other person besides you?  And you poured your heart and soul into this one person?  And you walked with them through discipleship and mentoring to a point where they were ready to reproduce themselves?  I’m afraid many would not count that as a win for your ministry because the number of tricks you’re turning is just not gonna cut it.

To summarize all of this, we MUST be focused on building the kingdom of God and NOT a clientele.  This means our success must be measured in how many people are being sent out to make disciples and not how many are showing up and sticking around to receive religious goods and services.  We have to become ok with releasing those whom we’ve poured into so that multiplication and kingdom expansion may continue.

If you are a leader in a local church, don’t succumb to the pressure of producing numbers.  Resist the pull and focus on pouring what you’ve been taught into someone else, even if it’s just one person.  Jesus was the most powerful person to ever walk the face of the earth, and at the end of it all, He had poured into just a handful of guys.  What makes you think you can do more than Him?

“Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” ~Matt. 28:19-20

“And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” ~Acts 1:8

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