I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 80. 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 Matthew 20:25-28 which says, “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Our quote for this episode is from Max Lucado, who said, “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
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.
Our topic today is part 9 of “Chapter 4: Multility: Keep it Cellular” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning. He continues as follows:
Yes Instead of No
The first page of the operating agreement of the Great Harvest Bread Company is emblazoned with big, bold letters that state, “Anything not expressly prohibited by the language of this agreement is allowed.”
When it comes to supporting individual ministry, there are four words in which every Deliberately Simple pastor needs to become fluent. These four words are, “Yes, sure, you bet.” “Yes,” “Sure,” and “You bet” need to be spoken frequently to make certain that we are open to God’s plans, not just our own — to guarantee that we are empowering people instead of controlling them.
Over the years, I have been amazed at how powerful these words have been to the hearer. Evidently, they are rarely spoken (or heard) in the traditional church anymore.
At CTK we value empowerment. We want to have faith not only in God but also in people. That means saying yes to what God wants to do in a person’s life. While there are a limited number of programs that we start, there are an unlimited number of ministries that our people may start. There are a number of people in ministry at CTK who have told me, “I couldn’t do this at my previous church. There was too much red tape.”
In modern church circles, a barrier to ministry is often excellence. What this means to many people is that those who are average need not apply. At CTK we emphasize good enough instead of perfection. This opens the door to many people who previously would not have been considered gifted enough to minister.
We allow people to minister even after they have failed or fallen. We believe that “hope for the future, forgiveness for the past” applies to everyone, even leaders. A church leader from another denomination told me recently that the difference between their group and CTK was that we actually give a person a second chance. His denomination talked the language of recovery but fell short on actually taking a risk. We take the risk.
Decentralized Instead of Centralized
Multilocation ministry calls for a decentralized organizational architecture and new language. At CTK we have chosen to call each congregation a worship center. Technically, there is only one church — the sum of all the small groups and worship centers.
The organizational philosophy of CTK resembles fingers reaching out instead of a clinched fist. Multility pushes out the cellular and congregational functions of the church, while the traditional church centralizes its services and groups.
The big idea of multility is to convene different worship services, at different times, in different locations, with different worship teams, and with different preachers. Each of these venues is a manifestation of the larger body.
Is there anything wrong with the centralized model? No. We just believe that God has called us to try something different. While the megachurch has become good at being big and centralized, we are trying to become good at being small and decentralized. We are both trying to reach large numbers of people, just in different ways.
— 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.”