New LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Ben Mandrell presented employees their first assignment under his leadership — seek to impact people for Christ.
Mandrell issued this challenge to employees in his first chapel address held Wednesday (July 17) at LifeWay’s corporate office.
To help employees live out this goal in their personal lives, Mandrell provided each employee an “impact card” and instructed them to list three unchurched people they can attempt to influence for Christ over the next year.
“I want to celebrate relationships and authenticity with one another and with non-religious people,” Mandrell said. “I want to celebrate the Gospel of Jesus that has transformed our lives. As long as we keep that the [main] thing and create resources where people in every part of the world can experience it, we’ll never be without work to do.”
Mandrell and his wife Lynley shared how the Gospel drew them to become church planters after realizing that, as a couple in ministry, they didn’t have any unchurched friends.
“Our kids were in a program at church where one night a year they were encouraged to bring an unchurched friend with them or, as a consolation prize, to bring three cans for the soup kitchen,” Mandrell said.
After three years in a row of driving to the grocery store to buy canned goods, the Mandrells realized the reason their kids didn’t have any unchurched friends was because they as parents weren’t modeling relationships with people outside the church. Mandrell said this realization served as a wake-up call to get them asking where God was leading them to step out of their comfort zone — a call that led them to become church planters.
In 2014 the Mandrells moved to Colorado to launch Storyline Fellowship, which grew out of a Bible study in their house to become a thriving church with 1,600 people in weekly attendance.
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Source: Baptist Press