3 Steps To Multiply Yourself

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 the mission work we pioneered is growing all over the Dallas / Ft. Worth metroplex.  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.

2.  MOBILIZE:
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?

3.  MULTIPLY:
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 Mobilizers Jesus Imparts In Your Personal Ministry

Jesus meets, mobilizes and multiplies your personal ministry

You are familiar with the crux of Mobilize Ministries, that we have a practical guide for our

The mission of Mobilize Ministries is to mobilize YOU in YOUR personal ministry. The logo is derived from being mobilized by all Jesus has done!

personal ministry that Jesus used in His! As we see in Luke 8:1, 9:1 and 10:1, like Jesus we meet intentionally with someone, investing and discipling him or her. Then we mobilize them to do the same. In result, a mere fruit of this is the multiplication of disciples through your personal ministry. What propels this personal ministry? More like who propels? Here are three mobilizers that Jesus, Himself, imparts in your personal ministry:

1. Jesus wants to meet with you.

If I had a dime for everytime someone says, “Todd, you know EVERYONE”, I’d fund a mission trip for you and every reader of this blog. I remember strange, awesome God-moments traveling to New York City, L.A., San Francisco and other places running into someone on the street who knew me. At universities I attended it would take me forever to get across campus… I’m a slow roller and I would run into many people I know. At conferences in a stadium of thousands, I’d be one of the last to leave because of all the people o was talking with. No, I’m not famous. AND I know that I’m not that cool.

One worldly truth is people like to know people who know famous people. As they say in career development, “it’s all about networking.” I can remember when I started being known for knowing people and being known. It was when I started meeting with that special Person in my life who went through drastic measures to show me He deeply wants to meet with me. HIS NAME IS JESUS. Jesus wants to meet with you: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust…Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the mott High, thy habitation;” (Psalms 91:1-2, 9 KJV) Jesus meets with you in the secret place. I remember when my personal ministry began to be mobilized. In college, my roommates and I made my bedroom closet in the house we are renting a prayer closet. All it had was a Bible, a desk and a journal. It was my secret place with Jesus. We all have read these words of Jesus: ”When thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6). We all know and respect the traditional interpretation of this verse. It was so special though when the Holy Spirit showed me that God wants that intimate time with me, just me, in that secret place. He’s waiting to meet with you. How often do you surrender your life, your time to be with the only One who is your source of life? There was a direct link between when I started meeting with Jesus and when people started wanting to meet me and meet with me. Your personal ministry will thrive when you let Jesus continually meet with you.

2. Jesus, Himself, mobilizes you.

Is Jesus here? Before you answer, allow me to elaborate, Is the historical man Jesus here on earth? The key to how Jesus, himself, mobilizes you in your personal ministry is his answer to who was going to come here after He ascended to Heaven. Jesus’ answer to the disciples: ”But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to
you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7) Wow, Jesus mobilized me in my personal ministry when I realized He gave me the Holy Spirit to help me! But that is not all! Jesus continues to share what the Holy Spirit does through your personal ministry: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14.26) Have you ever been with someone who needed encouragement and a scripture popped in your head “out of no where” and you shared and it was EXACTLY what the person needed to hear? Well it did not derive “out of no where.” The words of encouragement came from Someone. He is inside you. His name is the Holy Spirit. Sometimes He’ll tell me to go meet someone, I don’t know what I’m going to say, like in this story, but He mobilizes me through the Holy Spirit speaking to me, giving me every word. Jesus explains best how this happens: “…don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:19-20 NLT) When the Holy Spirit whispers to you to meet someone new to encourage them, obey and trust the Holy Spirit that He’ll speak through you.

3. Jesus multiplies you.

I love honing in on some of the last words Jesus intentionally shared on earth: “Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT) Like the perfect example of the most impacting leader of all time, He calls his followers to multiply, to make more of what He made them to be: followers of Jesus. Any business side of you has already seen that successful business leaders have modeled this vision of multiplication. But this multiplying commission is so pure that Jesus gives the twelve disciples, and you and me, the greatest mobilizer that will be the multiplier: His presence! You are not multiplying by yourself through your personal ministry. Jesus multiplies Himself through His presence in and on your life. He is in you for your sake and His presence is with you for others’ sake. The Church launched through Jesus multiplying saved souls through His Holy Spirit: “And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” The presence of God through His Holy Spirit came down in Acts 2:3 and met and mobilized God’s people, then in verses 2:41 and 2:47 multiplication occurred. 3,000 baptized and people were saved DAILY!

Will you praise Jesus with me, thanking Him for how He meets with you, mobilizes you and multiplies you?! Yes, the crux of Mobilize Ministries is the awesome practical personal ministry guide we get from the life of Jesus that we can meet with a friend, mobilize them to do the same and see multiplication through our life, but we always want to be empowered by Jesus and His presence! How, specifically, will you respond to Jesus’ desire to meet with you daily? How are you going to respond to the Holy Spirit’s promptings today? How are you going to acknowledge the presence of God through your personal ministry now? Please comment below. I’d love to carry on the conversation with you.

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You’ll be blessed at this event by a practical guide for YOUR personal ministry!  Also, you’ll receive encouragement by what God is dong in and through this ministry

Date: February 18, 2018
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Event: Mobilize Your Personal Ministry
Venue: Bridgeport Church
Location: 1406 Cates Street
Bridgeport, TX 76426
Public: Public

2 Mobilizers of Presence In Your Life in 2018

A time-oriented blog article

Every year I pray for one word to hold on to that He wants the year to be about. This year God has used my two year old son, Oliver, to give me the word that God wants to speak into for 2018. I’ve been so convicted in the moments when I’m with Ollie but I’m not really “with” him. He immediately notices and with love and longing in his voice to REALLY be with me he says, no, more like proclaims, “no phone papa” and in that moment, God speaks to me through my two year old son that I’m trading precious memories that will last forever for meaningless glances at an electronic device that I will never remember. In 2017, a tragic accident happened to my nephew and he lost his breath for so long he almost died. Afterwards, he said “There are no phones in heaven.” Funny statement at first but convicting and one could say prophetic for me and the generation at hand investing extraordinary amounts of time in heads bent downward staring at digital fleeting data.

Personally, I’m convicted that I’m trading precious memories with God, family and friends for meaningless time on my phone and social media. I do not want this to be my legacy I leave for Christ among people in my life. We, I, my family and the Mobilize Ministries community I lead are launching 2018 mobilizing presence in our lives in two ways. I encourage you to invite friends and family to do this with you in the timeframe you choose:

1.  Fast with family and friends from social media and cell phones. I’m tired of my cell phone and social media playing such a huge part of my life sacrificing time with Jesus and people. My family and community connected with Mobilize Ministries are fasting from these two relationship distractors January,13, 2018. In fact, click here to go to the Facebook event you can invite people to to fast with you. Regardless the date, I encourage you to pick a day and experience this blessing with God and friends. Are you with me? No phones and no social media to experience intentional relationship. Make your intentional plans with a friend or more this week before Saturday, or the date you choose, and also schedule time with Jesus. Your day of presence will provide the pathway to experience this blessing: “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

2. Start your 2018 with Jesus with friends reading the life of Jesus. Recalibrating our hearts and minds to the heart and mind of Jesus, every year we, the growing community I lead, read through the life of Jesus in the four Gospels. Click here to join us through the Bible app, Youversion. This year we are observing how Jesus intentionally was present with each person He was with and how He mobilized individuals in their personal ministries. Luke 8:1 is a main verse for this community, Mobilize Ministries, as we see Jesus “being with” the disciples. Our prayer is to be mobilized through Jesus’ life to truly be present with people we are with on a daily basis.

How do you think fasting from social media and your cell phone would bless your relationship with God and people? What opportunities do you have to experience and model the presence of Jesus with people in your everyday life?  Comment below. Let’s continue this conversation. Invite people to experience presence by sharing this blog article with this hashtag, #mobilizepresence.

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What Does Your Picture of God Look Like?

A Bible Study Method for The Gospels

I’ve received a high number of responses about the helpfulness of the blog entry i wrote on the ABCDE Bible study method used to study an epistle

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” – Jesus Christ (Mark 6:31)

. Here is a Bible study method to use for studying any one of the four Gospels. Meditate on any passage of a Gospel and ask yourself or the person you’re studying with these questions:

  1. What did Jesus say?  There’s a reason why Bibles are printed with Jesus’ words in red. They are important!  Meditate on the words of Jesus.
  2. What did Jesus do? Often you hear in today’s culture, “live what you preach.” Jesus actually did this. His actions embodied what the book of James says: “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds (‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭17-18‬ NIV).” Meditate on what Jesus did.
  3. How do we respond?  Studying the Living Word of God and what Jesus said and did always calls for response in our life. Again James, in his book, explains this more elequently than me: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭22-25‬ NIV).”
  4. What does this passage say about the character of God?  I’ve heard the Bible explained simply as a rule book for life. If we read the Bible merely as a lifeless textbook, it can become very legalistic. Theology is the study of God. The Bible is the living Word of God revealing God’s character; who God is. However, being touched by the character of God and how He saved us through the Good News of Jesus does, it also propel us through the power of the Holy Spirit to live like Jesus did!  What is the Gospel passage you’re reading reveal to you about the character of God?
This Bible study method has not only deepened my relationship with Jesus, but it has also given me a simple but effective way to study the Bible with someone else. What has helped you study the Life of Jesus? Who are you going to ask this week to study the life of Jesus with you?
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Originally posted 2017-09-25 01:00:25.