Received the Shapevine newsletter this morning and  got a welcomed reminder. I’m not in the church business. I’m not even in the church planting business! Lance Ford writes: 

The late John Wimber, of Vineyard fame, frequently reminded the guys and gals he was training that there are two questions we should always be asking ourselves in regard to leading others in the journey of faith. The two questions are, “How’s business?” and “What business are we in?” The problem is that you cannot answer the first question properly if you don’t remind yourself of the last question. With over 20 years of pastoring and planting churches I am more than familiar with the vortex that distorts our true “business” as leaders in the church. Especially in the times we are living today, where everything is being shaken and leaders are genuinely afraid because of the economic uncertainty that is affecting their churches, it is vital that we cling to the hem of His garment and follow the agenda of Jesus with all fervency. 

So, what business are we in? Well, we are not in the church business. If you think you are, or are leading like you are, here is a suggestion: stop it! We are not in the leadership business or the church business or the preaching business. We are in the Father’s business of making disciples to Jesus and there is probably no more neglected task or activity taking place in the Western church today than disciple-making. For instance, when is the last time you attended a conference on making disciples; not a church planting or leadership conference, just a conference that is all about making disciples? This really is the Father’s Business.

I’m not in the church planting business. Its an important thing for me to remind myself of now and then, because its easy (at least for me) to get caught up in the technicalities and strategies of church planting stuff. But this is really what it all boils down to – doing what Jesus did and making disciples. Quite simple, really. And difficult at the same time.

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