Many of us are striving to catalyze more of the Jesus movement. We want to see millions of churches planted and billions of people find their way back to God.
This is a noble endeavor and I’ve given my life to it.
But why don’t we see more of it – especially in the West? Why haven’t we seen an explosion of movements?
There are lots of answers I am sure.
But I am also begging to think it’s because we’re not ready?
God and God alone is responsible for movement. God will start his own movements through the power of the Holy Spirit. Outside of the Holy Spirit moving, we are foolish to believe we can generate movement.
So what exactly is the role of our networks, churches or church plants when it comes to movements?
I think it’s that we hoist the sails and wait.
It’s like the church is an old sailing ship. The sails are readied and the course planned. We’re just waiting for the wind to blow. (I’ve read my fair share of Patrick Obrien novels!)
When The Holy Spirit does come, we will be ready and start something beautiful.
Our job is to get the ship ready and prepared for the wind. And to do this we must cooperate and work together so that we can be ready. Because it takes a crew to raise the sails and prepare the ship for the wind.
But it seems we aren’t willing to hoist the sails together. It’s like we’re on the deck arguing about which sails to hoist and when to do or who does it best.
All the while, the wind is blowing and we’re missing it because our sails aren’t up.
Our job is to get the ship ready for movement. This means we ensure our churches are sending centers. We allocate time and energy to the mission. We train our best to go out and start new churches. We invest personally in the cause of church planting with our time, talent, and resource.s We release our best, send our best and cooperate as best we can.
Maybe then we will be able to catch some wind?
What are your thoughts? What are ways we can work together to catalyze movement?