The Empowering, Permission Giving Church: Part Two

Posted: November 30, 2014 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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Let’s go a little further, even if a person’s calling, vision and gifting truly doesn’t line up with your vision, if it’s godly, there is still a lot you can do. You can encourage. You can support them. You can allow them to do what they do in a missionary capacity to your community under the covering of your church, or at the very least, you can direct them to someone with whom their vision fits. God does not waste His gifts. If He has given something, He expects it to be put to use. It is up to the Church to empower and encourage.

One final thought. I can also feel my pastor brothers and sisters sweating a little. “Dave, I literally don’t have any more time to start something new.” No one has asked you to. This is not meant to add another burden to already overburdened servants. On the contrary, done right, this should be a help and not a hurdle. My friend Rick, pastors an awesome church in Hawaii. Part of their core values posted on their website used to say something to this effect. “If you come to us (the leadership) with something you want to do for God, we’re most likely going to say yes. If you come to us with something you want us to do, we’ll most likely say no.” That is the key to this. Anyone who has served in church leadership for any length of time knows there are lots of people who can come with lots of things for other people to do. The creative church realizes a very important principle. When God lays something on a person’s heart, as if to say “someone should do something about this,” it is more than likely that God is calling that person to head the charge. The permission giving church says, “Go for it,” provides someone to give authority over the project and perhaps suggests gifted people to help move the mission forward. From there it is the responsibility of the person called (the one who received the “nudge”) to move forward starting by working faithfully with what they already have.

The reason for all this is pretty simple. The 20-80 rule is in full effect in the church. That is 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work. Some of this is due to people having their priorities way out of whack, but some it is also due to people not being able to fine their role or feeling that there is no place were their gifts fit. There are three downsides to the 20-80 rule. The first is that the 20 percenters get tired and burned out. The second is the church never can get beyond maintenance and onto mission and the 80 percent become increasingly uninvolved and start to treat worship as if it is something to be consumed. They go to worship for the show and once that happens, they will look for the best show in town, whether that is in the church or in something else. We have got to do better. We have got to give people the opportunity to be who God made them to be and do what God gave them to do. We need to give them permission to use it in the context of the local church, either as ministers or missionaries and we need to empower them with prayer, leadership and (at least emotional and spiritual) support.

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Creative Church Manifesto coming soon from AMOKBooks


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