stop.think.act | local workers

Image credit: casejustin / 123RF Stock Photo
Image credit: casejustin / 123RF Stock Photo

This is the third post in a seven part series on going slow in order to go fast.

In our hurry to go and make disciples, we run the risk of failing to recognize local Christians who already have access to the people we are trying to reach.1

Many of these people are better positioned to make disciples of their neighborhoods and cities than we ever will be. However, that does not necessarily mean that they are better equipped.

By taking the time to find and train local Christians to reach the people of peace in their cities, we significantly increase the likelihood of the rapid advance of the Gospel.

Here are some questions I ask when recruiting local Christians to advance urban disciple making movements:

  1. Are their spiritual gifts and passions focused on the lost?
  2. Do they express their faith outside the four walls of their church?
  3. Do they have a reputation among the lost as helpful, hopeful people?
  4. Does their work and lifestyle bring them into regular contact with the lost?

Sometimes recruiting and training slows me down, but then I remember: you have to go slow, if you want to go fast!

Your turn:

  1. What do you risk losing by equipping local Christians to reach the lost?
  2. What might you gain?
  3. What will you do?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

1 Note: there is an important distinction between local Christians who have access to the lost and people of peace through whom the Gospel spreads. But more on that in another post!

5 thoughts on “stop.think.act | local workers

  1. Just the other day I was talking to a friend, we both pray for a team in an area of the world that limits travel, and does not allow these white faces to live outside the urban centers. Of all the great efforts of this team, it seems that it would be advantageous to pray and seek to train some locals. They would be allowed to go and stay extended time out among these seasonal Nomads. For the nomads of this world the white face is nearly assured a rejection and even a near culture often will find the reception cold. It takes a local nomad to really be accepted by another insider of the nomadic community. Some areas of the world it is a requirement to go slow and train the local, and beyond that it must be an insider of the particular nomadic cluster. Pray for nomads who can be the first to be trained!


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