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Missions Mobilization Principles – Part 1 of 3 – Transcript

This is a fun topic called “How to Inspire God’s People for their Global Destiny”. “How to Inspire God’s People for their Global Destiny”. And we really like the word “inspire” because it seems to really have a positive sense of like, I don’t know, in missions. Sometimes it seems like people don’t care and we have to really push and just try to get them to care.

But inspiration seems much more positive. It’s much more of an invitation into finding God’s heart and engaging with it and actually coming to a place where you believe that, hey, God can do this! And He actually uses people like us, and actually, we want to do this! This is something we want to do and we can do it together with God. We can do this!  And so that sense of inspiration is really been, I think, guiding us in terms of how we think about and want to do missions, talk about missions, and do missions mobilization.

And perhaps that’s what’s happening here in this verse in Habakkuk 1:5, here is God saying, come on, guys, “look at the nations, watch and be utterly amazed.” Inspired, right? “I’m going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told “-Habbakuk 1:5. I love that! And that includes our day, right here in this day and age. The mission is not canceled. God is preparing an amazing harvest. And there is so much we can learn right now to be able to be poised and ready for incredible fruitfulness that’s coming and even is happening right now.

So we want to just take time here to connect you with priorities and perspectives for effective missions mobilization, connecting you with some big picture priorities and principles and perspectives that will allow you to be more fruitful and more effective in inviting others to lift their eyes and look at the nations and find their place in the Great Commission. How does that sound?

Just to get started, let’s begin with a definition for mobilization. I like this definition from Wes Tullis, it goes like this: “Mobilization is the process of envisioning”, casting, vision, inspiring, “and educating God’s people about His strategic plans for the world. And it’s also the means ways to keep people involved and moving forward until they find their specific place and role in world evangelization.” I really like this definition of mobilization because it talks about a process. Events are important, but one event will not do it. People usually need to hear about something many times and have somebody kind of coach them and mentor them to take the next step and the next step and the next step. And they keep growing and understanding more and more as they keep taking steps. And so it’s a process.

And I love this definition also because it says find their specific place. It’s not saying that everybody will be a cross-cultural missionary. God bless those who are called. We need so many more. But not everybody is going to be a missionary. But every believer has a part to play in the Great Commission. We need the whole Church to bring the whole Gospel to the whole world. Can I get an Amen in the chat section? All right.

And the key to seeing this happen is mobilizers. Mobilizers are just those who try to channel key resources, training, and vision for world evangelization to the Body of Christ. So people are called to go give, pray, and maybe welcome the nations that are coming to your city. But the mobilizer is the leader who’s saying, “Hey, everybody has a part to play. What is your part? And I will help you get there, get your training and resources”. And so mobilizers really serve every other role in the Great Commission, and we want to see a whole lot more of you.

Another term that you’ll hear us use is “Global South”. And very simply, when we say that, we’re just referring to the non-western world, Asia, Africa, Latin America, any parts of the world that are not the west, is the Global South, is one way to refer to it. And we’re super excited about what God is doing in the Global South. Some of you are here right now. God is transforming places that only received missionaries into being places that send missionaries. It’s a very interesting time where just about every nation is both receiving missionaries and sending missionaries to the nations.

All right, so we’re going to zone in now specifically on this idea of inspiring. And we want to look at three areas that we need to inspire. One area that we need to inspire is ourselves. Another area is the mind. And then the third area we’re going to talk about is the heart. Inspiring ourselves, inspiring the mind, and inspiring the heart, some principles on all of those things. And I think you’ll find it encouraging for wherever you are at in the world. These are general principles.

And we do need to start with ourselves, right? Why? Well, because it’s almost like parenting. We know as parents that our kids don’t just listen to what we say. Right? They watch our lives. And so even as leaders, people hear what you say. But actually what they catch from you is not just your teachings, it’s whatever is your passion. Whatever you are enthusiastic about, whatever inspires you, that’s what they will catch. That’s what rubs off on the people that you influence. And so we need to have that passion, that inspiration, that enthusiasm, strong and fresh, because that’s what people catch even more than the words we say.

And yet we all know that we run out of passion. We get empty, we get tired, we get disappointed, we get hurt. It’s natural. It’s normal. In the English language, we have the word “stoke” the fire. Everybody knows that when you start a fire, you have to maintain that fire. If you don’t add fuel to the fire, it’s going to go down and go out. So we call that “stoke the fire”,  get it going again. And this is a constant need for us as leaders to “restoke” the fire in our souls because that’s what’s going to draw people and inspire people around us. This is how John Wesley said it. He said, “Light yourself on fire with passion {for Jesus} and people will come from miles to watch you burn.”

So this idea of being inspired ourselves is so crucial to actually being able to inspire others and influence others and draw them into the story that God is telling. And the key for being inspired is of course, to connect with God, right? Because God is the source for everything we need. He can give us all the courage and the wisdom and the strength and understanding that we need for being a mobilizer, being a leader in this day and age, He is the source. We are just the branch and we must stay connected to the vine. And you could be thinking, oh yes, of course, I know this, it’s so basic! But brothers and sisters, we cannot grow beyond this. We cannot avoid… we cannot leave behind the essential foundational need to connect with God as our source of life. So if we connect with God, He will be faithful to “re-stoke” our fires. The Bible says very clearly, “They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will walk and not grow weary. They will [even run] and not faint. They will mount up with wings as eagles”. This comes from spending time with God and waiting on Him.

Another key, that God will do as you connect with Him is, give you His perspective on the Bride of Christ, on the Church. I found this so important because mobilization for missions is not easy. Trying to get people to care about the nations can be discouraging and disappointing and there can be misunderstandings and hurts and frustration actually, right? So I found it very essential to come back to Jesus and say, “I know you love your Bride. Can you please give me your perspective on her? Help me love her again.” Okay! This is why we must connect with God and re-stoke the passion.

Another key will be that He will give us His love for the lost. God loves the lost more than we ever will and we can’t just “turn on” our love for the lost. But, if we spend time with God, He will give us some of His heart. He will give us the gift of a burden for an unreached people group that is natural and from Him and not just something we work up. Also, there are so many things we could and should be doing missions. But actually, he can give us wisdom as to what is the very next step we should be taking.

And then he will remind you of your identity, your identity in Jesus is so much deeper and essential to who you are than being a missionary, being a mobilizer, or any of the roles we take. And if we have that solid, then you can run the long race. Okay!

Another thing that I found that keeps me inspired is just connecting with people who are like-minded, people with similar passions. Then you realize, hey, I’m not alone. And you start to share things that work for you and things you’re struggling with and pray for each other and encourage each other. That is so crucial! And with missions mobilization, it is not as common or understood a role, and you can feel alone or isolated or not understood. So we are finding ways to connect mobilizers together. And it has been super important, super life-giving, super inspiring.

Another key that’s related to this is finding a mentor or a coach. Often we really don’t need to be told what to do. We don’t need more information. We just need somebody who would draw out what is the next step, draw out the wisdom that is already in us and help us to figure out what is next, and then check in how did it go and keep us moving. So mentoring and coaching is so key to inspiration.

And the principle of why I really keep fighting for mobilizers to be inspired first is because of this principle of “Do first and then teach”. Whatever we are doing and living, that’s what people are going to watch and do, just like a child watches their parents.

So think with me now about what you want to see in your community. What types of things would you like to see in the people that you are trying to get inspired for missions? Well, I don’t know about you, but I would like to see people pray fervently and specifically for the unreached. Yes. Amen! Well, the question here, the principle here is how about me? How am I doing with that? Am I praying,  fervently and specifically? Because if I’m not living it, modeling it, I have little to no authority to challenge and inspire others to do that. So this is what we’re talking about. We have to live it first.

I want to see people who give generously and even sacrificially to missions. Yes. How are we doing? How are you doing with that? If we are not tithing, if we are not giving sacrificially, we have little or no authority to challenge others to do that. We want to see people who are open to new ideas, lifelong learners, we call them. And how are we doing with that? Because that’s then what we will be able to challenge others with. And I just want to encourage you. You’re doing it. You’re here. You took the time to connect with this webinar. You’re learning, and that’s something you’re going to probably pass on to others. God bless you. You are doing this. We want to see people who have a knowledge of what is God doing in the world? How is the task going? Where are the unreached? All that kind of information. How are you doing with that? Are you also learning and passing that on? We would love to see in our communities a willingness to go locally and globally. Willing to go well, let’s look at ourselves and ask, am I willing to go right? And of course, we want to see people who have a love for the lost and are willing to spend time with people who don’t know Jesus. Well, let’s check our own lives and say, how am I doing with that? To whatever degree I am living that out, I have authority to challenge others. Okay?

I want to tell you a story now that illustrates this. We’ll call this couple my friends, Jen and Joe. And Jen and Joe are Latin American couple who came to a mobilization workshop and they really got it and then they went home to their country and they got their whole Church, their whole community to start to pray for and give to an unreached people group in Africa. And things were going so well, it was super encouraging and then there was a misunderstanding and even hurt that happened unexpectedly and that really set them back, really disappointed them. And I was so encouraged to see how they were able to go back to God and say, “God help us to love our community and forgive and release”. And they also had access to other missions mobilizers who were able to encourage them and mentor them and that allowed them to keep going. And even recently, Joe was able to go to that unreached people group in Africa with resources and then bring back fresh stories about what God is doing there and more communities in their country started to pray and give and go. So I love that those things of mentoring and coming back to God, kept them going. 

Inspire the Mind! – Missions Mobilization Principles – Part 2 of 3

Inspire the Heart! – Missions Mobilization Principles – Part 3 of 3

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