An Outward Focus
God calls us, as his people, to be the light of the world. In a world that is often dark, we are to shine the light of God in a way that is visible to other people. Any ministry without an outward focus is dying.
What does an outward focus look like? It looks like opening our eyes to the world around us and allowing our hearts to break over what breaks the heart of God. It looks like wading into relationships and seeing the opportunities we have to serve others. It looks like experiencing the blessings of God’s Kingdom and inviting others to experience that as well.
If you only have five books to read on missional ministry, these are my top picks. Taken together they provide a good overview of the theoretical, the practical, and the stories. If you want a broader scope of missional ministry, as well as multiple voices, read the...read more
I spoke at a conference earlier this week where Robert Coleman was also speaking. You may remember him as the author of the classic book The Master Plan of Evangelism. He’s 82 years old and still engaged in ministry. Here’s someone who has consistently walked with...read more
Take along a book to read over your glass of green beer. Thomas Cahill’s book How the Irish Saved Civilization is a fine and entertaining read, especially in its examination of the missionary work of St. Patrick. Happy St. Paddy’s...read more
*Practice generosity *Foster new movements *Invest in the next generation This last of the 12 footsteps of Jesus may be the hardest it some ways. It’s about letting go, recognizing that for however much work we may have put into this whole thing, it’s not ours. The...read more
*Multiply disciples *Launch new groups and teams *Develop new leaders Communities of believers are organisms that must keep growing or we die. That can mean passing on the faith to a friend or onto the next generation. It can mean giving someone an assignment that...read more
Make a Difference *Show up *Do something *Give of yourself Following in the footsteps of Jesus is not passive—it’s active. Making a difference is the exploratory first step toward finding our calling. To find out what unique contribution God has for us to make in this...read more
Be the feet of Jesus Be the hands of Jesus Be the voice of Jesus Serving others may be the most versatile of all 12 of the areas we’re looking at in this series. Jesus said it best: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me...read more
Be present with others Share your life with others Be changed by others Loving others—part 2 of the great commandment to “love God and love others.” They can’t be effectively separated: If you’re actually loving God, you will be loving others too. What does loving...read more