3 Steps To Multiply Yourself – The Crux of Mobilize Ministries™

A practical guide for YOUR everyday personal ministry.

Usually, a strategy of a business, a nonprofit or a specific movement is one that will fulfill only the vision of that entity that will take them to their vision. Jesus, though, rather has a guide for your life that will reproduce yourself as a disciple of Christ into someone that you know.  This guide summed up in three words is how Mobilize Ministries™ is expanding throughout the nation through individuals’ personal ministries!  But the beauty of this guide is that any young professional and YOU can run with this strategy in your everyday life and bear much fruit and results!  Here is the three part guide that the greatest leader in history, Jesus, activated and shared to multiply Himself! You can do this as well:

1.  MEET:
Jesus spent most vocational ministry intentionally with the twelve disciples:  “Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him (Luke‬ ‭8:1‬).”  Today, we call “being with” someone “meeting with them”. Like Jesus, YOU can meet with a peer “right where YOU live, work and play” and get to know their story, study the Bible with them, pray with them and invite them into your intentional discipleship community. Be intentional at starting a spiritual journey with a friend.

Meeting with the disciples was not the end point in how Jesus loved the twelve.  He loved them so much that after Jesus called the disciples together, He sent them out to do with others what He did with them!  Jesus mobilized them:  “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick (‭‭Luke‬ ‭9:1).” Jesus did not cripple the disciples by creating a consuming relationship that they just learned from Him.  Unfortunately, much of the Christian  culture does this. Contrarily, Jesus blessed the disciples with purpose and mobilized them to intentionally invest in others.  YOU can also bless the ones you intentionally invest in by mobilizing them to invest in their friends.  See how the apostle Paul did this with his friend, Timothy: “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others (2 Timothy 2:2).”  In fact, did you see in this verse what the result of meeting and mobilizing is?

Believe it or not, this is the EASY step!  YOU actually do NOTHING in this step.  “After these things the Lord appointed seventy-two others also, and sent them two by two into every city and place where He Himself was about to go (‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:1).”  Have you done the math yet?  The twelve from Luke 9:1 multiplied by six! Multiplying is the mere result of meeting and mobilizing!  Jesus shares a parable to explain this multiplication: “Jesus said, ‘What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.’”  The Kingdom of God, by default, is made to grow.

Are you living the religious consuming event-driven spiritual life? Or are you experiencing the blessing of making reproducing disciples by investing in friends and encouraging them to do the same.  Jesus intentionally met, mobilized and His disciples multiplied exponentially. Now, you and I are saved!  Who are you going to start intentionally meeting, mobilizing in order to multiply yourself, a follower of Jesus?  What is your first step? Comment below.

Many ask me how this mission work among young professionals has grown all over the metroplex.  Twenties and thirties are equipped and mobilized to intentionally meet with their friends, mobilizing their friends to do the same, then the organic result is the multiplication of disciple-makers.  They do this through the Intentional Discipleship Communities we’ve launched all over the metroplex.
But this is only made possible through people like YOU who support this ministry financially.  All giving is tax deductible.  Consider being a monthly or year-end donor hoping us meet our important goal. Please click here, Meet, mobilize and multiply with us.

Originally posted 2017-02-19 12:00:59.

3 Major Spheres of Influence Your Personal Ministry Impacts

Leadership expert, John Maxwell teaches “leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less.” The truth is you are a leader because you have spheres in your life that you can influence. 

Jesus’ life reveals that your personal ministry impacts these three spheres of influence:

1. Your Family.
In my twenty years of ministry, I’ve seen leaders and personal ministries thrive when they see their family as their first ministry. I’ve witnessed the opposite as well. If I do not minister to my family first before I minister to others, I should not be in full-time ministry. Jesus’ first miracle in His personal ministry was for his mom: “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’…This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.” (‭‭John‬ ‭2:1-3, 11‬ ‭NASB‬). Bible scholars are astounded because Jesus first foreshadowed His blood shedding for humankind‬ at a party! But, I think it’s even more astounding from a Christian’s perspective in America, where we tend to try to “do more” rather than love our family well, that Jesus did His first miracle for his mom! If you want to live out an impacting personal ministry, start with your family.

2. Your Friends.
Friendship is a dying art form. Culture has changed the true meaning of the word “friend.” I love everyone, but I cannot be a true friend to what Facebook has labeled my 2,129 “friends.” After Jesus commands us to love, He defines what love is with the concept of friendship: “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (‭‭John‬ ‭15:12-15‬ ‭NASB). Jesus called His disciples “friends.” Knowing what He would do for them on the cross, He defines friendship as laying down His life for His friends. Then Jesus let the disciples know they’re His friends. Then, He affirmed their friendship by confirming that He had shared everything with them. Who are truly your friends in your sphere of influence? How have you showed them they’re your friends? How have you shared your life with this sphere of your influence? ‬

3. Your Co-workers.

 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American works 44 hours  per week, or 8.8 hours per day. Lastly but certainly not least, your co-workers are a major sphere of influence in your personal ministry. We see Jesus redeeming the future disciples’ mission at their current vocation. In fact, Jesus uses verbiage of their current vocation, fishing, to call them into their life-long purpose to make disciples: “Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (Matthew 4:19). How are you using your vocation in your personal ministry to love co-workers, inviting them to follow Jesus with you?
Interestingly, Jesus revealed His presence, Himself, to the disciples as they were working catching fish: “But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you do not have any fish, do you?’ They answered Him, ‘No.’ And He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.’ So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.” Then, “Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.” (John‬ ‭21:4-6, 13-14‬ ‭NASB‬‬). Jesus saw a place of work as a sphere of His influence to reveal Himself. How are you befriending your co-workers, revealing to them the presence and love of Jesus?

How have you been doing this? What ideas do you have now to enact in your everyday influence to mobilize your personal ministry? Comment below. Let’s continue the conversation. Also, be looking forward to the release of our ministry film, Spheres of Influence, to visualize how impacting your personal ministry can be.

This thriving ministry, along with this new ministry film, are only made possible through people like you who donate or become a monthly giver to Mobilize Ministries™.  All giving to this ministry is tax deductible: