Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Something Else Jesus Didn't Say...

It seems like we have sometimes imagine things Jesus said or fabricate things that we think He (should have) said.   "God helps those who help themselves" is a classic example.

Several times in the last few days I've been confronted with Jesus' words in Matthew 9:37.  Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."  Now I've been very tempted to imagine what I would like this verse to say.  But a conversation with a colleague last week brought me back to reality.

He was asking about our approach to ministry at Promise Camp.  I said that the most important thing that I do as camp director is recruiting/hiring/training/equipping/shepherding staff.  Because I've learned in ministry that no t-shirt, game, meal, campfire, snack, climbing wall, song, Bible study, jet ski, slip n' slide, chant, logo, theme, or gimmick will lead a single child to follow Jesus.  The Holy Spirit only uses people do that.  So my primary investment had better be in people.

See, Jesus didn't say "the harvest is plentiful but the programs are few."  He didn't say "the harvest is plentiful but the ropes courses are few."   He didn't say "the harvest is plentiful but the churches are few."  He didn't say "the harvest is plentiful but the out of this world games are few."  Get the picture?  He said the WORKERS are few.  That's people.  

We Kingdom workers should be putting the majority of our energy into developing other Kingdom workers.  Right?  So why are we putting so much energy (and money) into "broken cisterns that hold no water..."  (See Jeremiah 2:13)?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Kingdom Partners!

I have a fantastic privilege in my vocation!!!  I have the honor of working alongside and partnering with some wonderful Kingdom-minded people who are sold out in their devotion to Jesus and following the Way.  If you don't know some of these folks and their ministries, take a few moments to check them out.  They're all looking for financial support.  Many are hiring summer staff.  All need our prayers.

I've been doing the annual college summer camp fair recruiting gig and have been hanging around some great people from The Pittsburgh Project (where I used to serve on staff), and Urban Impact, some fellow North side 'burghers.  I've also met some new friends from Urban Promise and Mont Lawn Camp .   It is such an honor to serve alongside such great people who sacrifice much in order to follow faithfully.  I can't wait to be back with them over the next two days.

I also had the chance to share the Word on Saturday with some blessed peeps in Homestead, PA who call themselves 8th Ave. Place.  They are a coffee shop based relational ministry and they've been living in community in struggling Homestead to be light in the darkness.  And God honors their devotion and their sacrifice.

To me, this is the Church...the ekklesia.  People living their lives simply following Jesus...every day, in every way.  And it doesn't get any better than that...