PODCAST: Developing a Biblical Mission, Part 8 (Strategic Christian Leadership #64 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 64. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is Proverbs 4:5-7 which says, “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Our quote for this episode is from Joe DiMaggio. He said, “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 8 of “Chapter 4: Developing a Biblical Mission: What We Are Supposed to be Doing” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:

The statement of a mission should be brief. One person I know says that it should be no more than seventy-five words. Others allow for it to be longer. The mission statements in the Bible are short—no longer than a sentence. For example, Moses’s mission was to lead God’s people, Israel, out of bondage in Egypt. David’s mission was to shepherd Israel and become their ruler. Nehemiah’s mission was to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. From a hermeneutical perspective, we must remember that mission statements in the Bible are generally descriptive, not prescriptive. Neither Moses’s, Nehemiah’s, nor David’s mission is our mission. So in most cases Scripture does not mandate our mission, with the exception of the Great Commission.

The one-sentence mission statements in Scripture, though descriptive and not mandatory, are good models for us. Actually most of them are just one word in the original languages. For example, the command “make disciples” in Matthew 28:19 is one word in the Greek. The leadership of a ministry should be able to catch the church’s mission statement in a single, concise sentence. Drucker says that the statement should be able to fit on a T-shirt. The leadership at Pantego Bible Church in Arlington, Texas, argue that the mission should be able to pass the “T-shirt test.” I would state that it must be short enough to fit on a business card and pass the business card test. The reason is simple. If the mission is not short, people will not remember it.

The third part of the definition means that a mission for a church must be based on the Scriptures. God determines the church’s mission. Our triune God is by nature a missionary God. He has sent the Son, the Son has sent the Holy Spirit, and the Son has sent us. The mission first and foremost is God’s mission, and we are to join him in mission. The question is, What does God say the church’s mission is? The answer is the Great Commission. But what is the Great Commission? I provide that answer in the chart below that brings together all the biblical passages on the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus instructs his disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” The Great Commission proactively involves the church in making and maturing disciples at home and abroad. This was the church’s mission in the first century and continues to be its mission in the twenty-first century. Making disciples involves the church in proactively pursuing lost people, evangelizing them, and helping these new Christians to mature, to become like Christ. The church is to accomplish this both at home and abroad. Finally, the church’s mission is incarnational more than invitational. It involves the church going out into and ministering to the community, not waiting for the community to come to it.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.