Leading people into life transforming faith in Christ is the greatest purpose on planet earth. When people come to faith in Christ, that is just the beginning of the adventure. We are to be “fruit bearers,” assisting people as they grow to maturity in their faith, finding fulfillment in deploying the love of Jesus to a lost world. Married for thirty nine years, Stan and Robin Lubeck have a long history of developing spiritual leaders in the church.
“I’d rather put a thousand men to work than do the work of a thousand men.” -D.L. Moody
Leadership multiplication, reaching ten people who reach ten people is how Stan and Robin have multiplied their influence over years of ministry. Stan likes to quote John Maxwell,
“The bigger your dream, the bigger your team.”
“Equipping the saints to do the work of ministry,” (Ephesians 4), is the cornerstone of effective ministry where the pastor “administers,” so that the members can “minister.” The pastor intentionally organizes the ministry so that the saints (believers) can minister (serve), and find their ultimate fulfillment in being used by God to build God’s kingdom (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 22:37-40). Rick Warren summarizes it as…
“A great commitment to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment makes a great church.”
Building ministry teams by equipping believers and inspiring them to risk something by faith, is a vision worth pursuing. Leading everyone to spiritual maturity in Christ is what drives the church. Whether ministering to Billy the Kid or Billy Graham, everyone needs a healthy spiritual environment.
Developing Godly leaders who build God’s church requires healthy ministry environments that are:
- Incarnational – Characterized by Jesus living His life through yielded hearts, minds and hands (John 15:1-11).
- Intentional – Not random or hap-hazard in leading people on the path to spiritual maturity. Building relational bridges to the de-churched and the un-churched requires thought and preparation and intentionality.
- Missional – Characterized by a willingness to teach people to obey Jesus’ command to make Christ-followers to the ends of the earth. Jesus’ call is to world revolution and nothing less.
- Relational – Characterized by a willingness to love all people within an inch of their lives, with the unconditional, agape love of Jesus. Jesus was a friend of sinners because they knew that his love for them was genuine. So we invest in relationships and invite people to join the movement started by Jesus.
Psalms 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
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