Discover Leaders and Missionaries

All of God's People are on a Mission


Ed Stetzer is the Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee and President of LifeWay Research. In this brief message from the 2013 SEND Conference, Ed lays a biblical foundation that every believer must go out on mission for the gospel, and he offers a strategy to pastors for preparing their people for this task.


1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)

10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


John 20:21 (ESV)

21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



The four action points for developing missional leaders are
  1. Spend Time with your leaders and the lost
  2. Spot and Develop new and emerging leaders
  3. Schedule Intentional Development Time with those emerging leaders
  4. Send Out pastors, planters and missionaries

Ed said, "Put your yes on the table and let God put it on the map." What fears or hangups keep you from putting your yes on the table?
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Who are the emerging leaders that you have spotted in your congregation? What leadership material do you see in each of them?
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What will you do during your intentional development time with your emerging leaders? What things will they cognitively learn, and what will they learn to do?
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Those that don't seem geared for leadership still have a missional responsibility. What can your church do to help everyone develop his or her ministry ability?
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Our mission field is all around us. The church needs a fully developed, missional force, not just a clergy.


For information about the upcoming SEND Conference, go to NAMB.