Developing People in the Mission

Don't Let your Complexity Distort the Mission

Stuart Hodges, Founder and Lead Pastor of Waters Edge Church in Virginia, offers the message to simplify. In this post, he asks church leaders to stop making so many programs and stop making the mission so complex that we forget the simple, main thing, which is to fulfill the Great Commission.

Developing leaders is not really that difficult, if we keep the main thing the main thing.

Luke 5:27-32 (ESV)

Jesus Calls Levi

27After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.”28And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

29And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them.30And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”31And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.32I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

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.

What does this passage tell you about the mission of Jesus? What does it tell you about your part in the mission?
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Some activities in the church are not necessarily directly about mission, but they are still good and beneficial for your congregation. Others, however, are detracting from the right focus of the church. How do you determine if a program is critical or confusing?
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What is happening in your church that is complicating the mission or unhealthily catering to the congregation? Do you sense that there are programs that you need to cut?
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What can your church do so that all its people know the clear and simple next step that they must complete as their part of the mission?
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Remember the Great Commission and your call to fulfill that. May your church keep the gospel and the name of Jesus central in all that it does.

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