Thoughts on Mission: Post-Cambodia

I have to say that Fred Garmon and the guys and gals at his organization are ministering from a position that will become increasingly familiar in the United States.  As America becomes more secularized, we will have a greater need to establish ourselves from a position of servanthood and hospitality that establishes credibility and makes a way for the Good News.  Watch what is going on with People for Care and Learning and emulate their heart in your community.  Now, some thoughts:

  • The trend of every organization is towards maintenance.  Fight it by turning radically outward.
  • Touch the needs by touching the people.  Physically touch people and demonstrate the heart of Jesus.
  • Experiment.  The Church is always changing.  God and His Word never do.
  • Have guts.  Step out.  The conditions are never perfect.
  • Financial uncertainty makes it difficult to fund old ministry paradigms.  Love the ministry more than the paradigm.  Evolve or die.
  • Don’t wait for permission.  Leaders lead.  You’ve been commissioned by the Holy Spirit.  Stop subordinating the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to the approval of people.
  • If you want friends, be friendly.  Generosity translates in every language.
  • Believe in people.  If your greatest value is what you can do, you will not accomplish your greatest potential.  Believe in people.  Develop them.  Send them out.  Expect a lot.  Be there for them when they mess up.
  • The Gospel is too powerful to allow someone to hijack it with a lazy attitude.  Work like the devil for the Lord.
  • Have each others’ backs.  When you’re on the front lines, you have to know your team is going to come through for you.
  • Dance. Play. Laugh. Love.  Scream. Sweat.  Wear your passion and your heart outside of your body.
  • Get dirty. (Proverbs 14:4)
  • Create safe places.  The world is a grinder.  Create spaces where you can escape the grind and be refreshed.
  • Redeem the time.  Work while it’s day.
  • Know that the Holy Spirit is so powerful that he can use a useless you to accomplish incredible good works.

Christ has no body now but yours
No hands, no feet on earth but yours
Yours are the eyes through which He looks
compassion on this world
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

-Teresa of Avila

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4 Responses

  1. I have a question and would love some feedback.

    Being a new pastor, I’m trying to turn the focus of my congregation (which, in a lot of ways is at the maintenance level) outward. Using our money, energy, and time by investing in our community and truly making a difference. I’m having some good results through my preaching/teaching, focusing on loving God by loving others – and I’m seeing their language and thought process begin to change.

    Okay, okay, before I ramble on, to my question: How can I take things to the next level? What are some ways that I can get the congregation to buy in to the idea of us spending our money, energy, and time investing in our community in practical ways (and doing it out of love, not simply for a return)?

  2. Kevin,

    I think you are at the place where you set the pace by what you do. You lead by being the example. What you do and what you invite people to do with you will determine the DNA of your future congregation.

    And, it doesn’t require a lot of money to get it started…really just requires your hands and feet. The movement starts with one…it’s always about the power of one. When people get on board with what you are doing, help them to share their stories…inspiring others to give of themselves.

  3. Travis,

    It’s so funny that I was following your blog for months before I put 2 + 2 together. Now, I can put a blog with a face!! How great! I’m following your personal blog too. 🙂

    It was GREAT having you here with us. Come back soon!

  4. Kristen,

    You guys were amazing…honored to have been around you all.

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