I have a question for pastors:
What would you do if Paul and Barnabas were members of your church? Would you want them to stay and help your church grow, or would you send them out to make disciples where none existed?
That was the decision the church in Antioch needed to make, and what they did changed the world!
After hearing from the Holy Spirit, the leaders of the church in Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas to disciple people who were untouched by the Gospel.
Having been a pastor myself, I can imagine some of the questions that you might have about sending out your best and brightest.
How can I replace them? Will my church grow without them? Why not have them start home groups that become part of the main church?
Surprisingly or not, these and similar questions have at least one thing in common: they are all about me and my church.
Here are a few questions that you may want to consider from other perspectives:
- How has God gifted and called the people in my church?
- What is necessary to reach my whole city or region with the Gospel?
- What is God asking me to do?
- Discuss the three questions above with your church leadership.
- Using Acts 13 and 14, teach your congregation about your church’s role in fulfilling the Great Commission – both locally and globally.
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!