Be a Sending Church

2012 RightNow Conference

In this 40 minute session from the 2012 RightNow Conference, J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham area, shares how equipping and sending out people for the sake of the gospel to is not something on your "to do" list, but the result of a culture created by the gospel.

Take a look at how Apostles Church in New York City disciples and unleashes members in the marketplace and in their communities.

The members of Apostles are worshipping God by working with excellence, serving others and sharing their faith. Are we equipping and unleashing people for the sake of the gospel?

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your own leadership and ministry.

J.D. shared a question after reading Acts 8:5–8 and 9:36–38 that became a catalyst for the sending culture of The Summit Church. "Is there much joy in your city because of your presence?" How would you answer that question? Would your city miss you or your church if it were to go away? Why or why not?
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J.D said that sending is the result of a culture you create in your church and that culture is created by the gospel. J.D. gave 4 assumptions of a sending church:

  • 1. Everybody is called.
  • 2. The Church should be a leadership factory.
  • 3. Guidance in the mission comes from the Spirit.
  • 4. Motivation for mission comes from the gospel.

Church leader, how are you equipping your people in their calling to make disciples wherever they go? How are you making disciples wherever you go?
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When you become a follower of Christ, it's not if God wants to use you as part of his mission, but how and where will he use you. J.D. said, "whatever you're good at, do it well for the glory of God and then do it somewhere strategic for the mission of God."

Church member, how are you leveraging what you have for the great commission? How and where is God using you to make his name known?
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J.D gave 3 action steps in developing leaders (leadership factory):

  • 1. Challenge your people to be leaders.
  • 2. Empower your people to be leaders.
  • 3. Have the courage to send your people out as leaders.

Read Eph. 4:11–12. Church leader, how are you challenging, empowering and sending out your people? Are you recruiting leaders or training volunteers? How are you catalyzing (getting behind) the ministry of your people?
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Read John 14:12. Church member, how are you using the leadership skills and opportunities that God has given you?
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The mission is not something we do for God, it's something that God does through us. What do you think of that statement? How has the Holy Spirit shown you what you're supposed to do and how God will use you?
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Where would you be without Jesus? How does that cause you to live differently?
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How does J.D. message line up with the culture of your church? Did he say anything that would cause you to refocus or rethink some of your mission?
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You have one shot to leverage the talents God has given you.  Who is your life invested for … eternity or you? Who are you throwing the party of your life for, because Jesus threw his for you.

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich."  2 Cor. 8:9 (NIV)

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