I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 67. 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 29:2 which says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Our quote for this episode is from Roy T. Bennett. She said, “Great leaders create more leaders, not followers.”
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 9 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:
A MISSION IS A STATEMENT
The fourth element of the definition says that a mission is a statement. The church must articulate and communicate its mission edict to the congregation. This takes the form of a statement, both verbal and written. Christ expressed the Great Commission in a verbal statement, and Matthew recorded it as a written statement. Mission developers would be wise to express their thoughts not only verbally but also in writing. This forces them to think and express themselves clearly. If they cannot write it, then they probably do not yet have a clear, articulate mission. Also, the mission will not have the authority to be a leadership statement until you can write it down.
A MISSION IS WHAT THE MINISTRY IS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING
The final element of the definition focuses on the functional question, What are we supposed to be doing? As we just discovered, more than two thousand years ago, Christ predetermined the church’s mission: “Make disciples.” This is his mission mandate. This is what the church is supposed to be doing. This is God’s will for your church, which raises the question, Can your church be in God’s will if it is not obeying the mandate? Research indicates that far too many North American churches have drifted away from or missed entirely Christ’s Great Commission mandate.
Good questions for a candidating pastor to ask of a church are,
What is this church’s mission?
What is it supposed to be doing?
I use these and three similar questions as diagnostic questions when I consult with churches on their mission. Pastors would serve their churches well if they too asked these questions. Here are the four questions to use:
What is this church supposed to be doing?
What is this church doing?
Why are you not doing what you are supposed to be doing?
What will it take for you to change and do what you are supposed to be doing?
The first question causes leaders to think biblically. They must ask what the Scriptures teach about the church’s mission mandate. The second question assumes that the ministry has missed Christ’s directive (a reasonably safe assumption). If you are not making disciples, then what are you doing? Some churches function as Christian retirement centers; others are evangelistic ministries; and others are mini-seminaries. The third question is very convicting. The room will get silent on this one. The last question is the most difficult and important because the answer reflects the church’s willingness to obey Christ and ultimately exert an influence in the community.
— 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.”