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.

Who Is YOUR Personal Ministry Launching Pad?

Create this launching pad with your friends:

Hands-down, the intentional people God has put in my life are why I have a deep passion for Jesus and why I was mobilized in my personal ministry early on in my walk with Jesus. My Masters in Bible, great sermons I’ve heard, and all the impacting Christian events I’ve consumed do not come close to having as much of an impact mobilizing me in my personal ministry as the organic intentional discipleship community™ I’ve been blessed with through the years.

This explains well how: “Let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Who is YOUR Intentional Discipleship Community™ in YOUR life mobilizing you in YOUR personal ministry?   Mobilize Ministries™ is the thriving and growing.ministry we pioneered that meets at many locations throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex as Intentional Discipleship Communities™ (IDCs™).

Complimentary to but unlike a church small group, living life with an IDC™ serves as a launching pad for your personal ministry! The uniqueness of an IDC™ is that each one in the community has a safe place to:

1. Process through and share your own personal ministry.

2. Receive encouragement in what God is doing through your personal ministry.

3. Receive new perspectives, insight and ideas to implement in your personal ministry.

4. Receive God’s perspective from others in your personal ministry.

All this launches you back into your everyday personal ministry.

 I did not come up with this on my own. Like everything that’s good, I got this from Jesus.  This week meet with a friend or two and talk through how you see these 5 unique attributes of an IDC™ in the following scripture. This is when the disciples returned from being sent out in Luke 10:1 and now this Intentional Discipleship Community™ is processing with Jesus what they experienced in their personal ministries:
“The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:17-20‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

You know that friend or two that you’re going to meet up with to talk about the above?  How about if you ask them start meeting regularly as an Intentional Discipleship Community™ (IDC™) to process through and thrive in each of your personal ministries?

  1. A Personal Ministry Guide – This is a three-step guide that Jesus used to multiply His personal ministry.  We’ve seen many personal ministries multiply through this guide.
  2. A Personal Ministry Plan Template – These are a short set up scriptures and questions that’ll aid each one in your Intentional Discipleship Community™ (IDC™) to form a plan to thrive in each of your personal ministries in your everyday life!
  3. Prayer covering – We’re passionate about praying for personal ministries and seeing God’s power bless your personal ministry! So e-mail us and let us know the day, time, frequency and city your IDC™ will meet and will put you on the Mobilize Ministries™ prayer map coming soon!

If you have already subscribed to this blog before we started giving out these IDC™ launch kits and you want to start an IDC™ among your friends, message us.

A few questions for you to consider: Who are you going to ask to be in YOUR Intentional Discipleship Community™ (IDC™), YOUR personal ministry launching pad? Would you like to be mobilized in your personal ministry in your everyday life? I met with two different guys THIS WEEK who are launching an IDC™ where they’re located among their friends in their life. Consider launching an IDC™ among your friends right where you are to process through your personal ministry with.  Let’s carry on the conversation below.  How would a community like this bless your everyday personal ministry, your everyday life?

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Originally posted 2016-11-28 10:00:31.

3 #TimeManagement #Motivators

Time has always fascinated me. No human can live free of its clutches. Time is constant and rapid. Our life is but a minute dot on its expanse. God, existing outside of time, gives us time, not for us to serve it, but for it to serve us. King Solomon exclaimed, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Time matters. Since we are only on Earth for a speck of the timeline, let’s manage our time wisely and make our minutes count. Here are three considerations to motivate you in managing your time:

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1. Realize life is short.

We all have heard this from those who have lived life longer than we have, but we ignore it until we wake up one day and realize how much time we’ve lost. The second hand is ticking as you read this. God gives us time to steward. This line from a Psalm depicts this truth so eloquently: “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). We need to realize every hour, minute, and second is precious. Because my life on Earth is finite, I put more thought now into my time with people and what I do during the day. I give time with God my first priority. Like the Psalmist continues to passionately express, our time on earth is short; be wise and realize… “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:10, 12, NIV).

2. Invest your time in what you value.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to hear musicians perform live, watching a movie, or reading a book. As my passion for a decade has been to be a blogger to have a platform to encourage people in tangible ways, I often was thinking of blogging while I “enjoyed” these products of writing. The very craft I consumed was the craft I wanted to produce. I found myself frustrated, not enjoying these passions in my life. Why? I was not spending my time doing what I value. I value being an impacting writer, but I was not investing my time into this craft. Paul explains this frustration of unmatched time and values: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15). As you see, I am now using my time to do what I value; being a blogger. Therefore, I am producing tangible results from the time I am investing in that value.

3.  Your vision schedules your time today.

The vision statement for your life guides the way you use your time today, and the way you use your time today determines the stories you tell tomorrow. Without vision, we will wander. King Solomon states this more eloquently: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). I have invested time with God to pray and listen for His vision for my life to glorify Him. I have invested time with a life coach to help me write my vision statement. Now I know the vision for my life. I schedule time every week to write. This allotment of time is in red in my calendar. I’ve learned that it is not effective to schedule “writing” in my weekly calendar and ignore it. I guard that allotment of time now. I write. I’m a blogger. My vision schedules my time.

These truths have motivated the way I manage my time. What considerations have helped you manage your time? What do you want to do differently? Share with us what spurs you on to manage your time.

Please leave a comment and continue the conversation.

 

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Originally posted 2017-09-11 01:00:14.

3 Benefits of #Community

Mobilize Ministries Intentional Discipleship Communities

 As Mobilize Ministries  expands, there’s more opportunity for you to be known: to thrive in Christ-centered community; to be equipped and mobilized in the Great Commission “right where YOU are”. Here are three attributes of a  Intentional Discipleship Community (IDC).  There are three IDCs all over the DFW and another one about to be launched    Also, here are three benefits of anyone living in intentional discipleship community

1. Mission – We encourage you in their God-given mission. This is the mission that Jesus empowers  all followers of Christ with:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20).  In other words, living and discipling among the lost, where you work, live and play. I often share it in this way: Inviting people to live life with you as you live life following Jesus among community.  Who encourages you in living out this mission in your life?
2. Intentionality – Jesus was intentional with everyone He met. The culture we live in bends towards individualism with a deep longing for community. Mobilize Ministries provide intentionality to a young professional,  encouraging him or her to live out their God-given purpose glorifying Jesus with their  God-given gifts, passions and experiences. Who are you being intentional with?  Here Paul is intentional with Timothy equipping Timothy to be intentional with those in his  sphere of influence: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
3. Purpose – God has given us all the purpose to know Christ and to make Him known. Yet
without encouragement and reminders of this purpose we can get sidetracked; even I do as a minister. In the Nav20s, we constantly remind each other of our purpose.  “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).  How are you striving to know Jesus more and make Him known and being reminded of this daily?
In what ways did this remind you of how you can serve people God has put in your life? (Comment on this blog)

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Originally posted 2016-06-27 07:55:04.

3 Ways The #Father Honors His Son

 
Marissa and I recently have been part of an incredible parenting class with our church.  ThisFullSizeRender week we learned that daughters have an innate need for security and sons, like men, have a need to be honored.  So I asked God to show me how to honor Oliver.  Then I asked God, “How did you honor your son, Jesus?”
I encouraged my friends and 20s to choose a character trait of God to explore more this year.  Since I’m a to be a dad, I chose God’s character trait of a father and asked God to show me His Father characteristics.   He answered my prayer and showed me in His Word three impacting ways God the Father honored His Son Jesus:
 1 The Father lets His Son know He is pleased with him.
     Notice that God did not tell His Son why He is pleased with Him,  nor did The Father share what actions Jesus did to please him.  Jesus’ Dad simply was pleased with Him because of who He is, His identity, being His Son:
“And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” – Mark 1:11
2 The Father gives His Son away for a God-given purpose.
     God did not smother nor was He over-protective of His Son, Jesus.  In fact, the Father honored His son by giving Him away! Not just for any reason but for His God-given purpose, to redeem humans back to Himself:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  – John 3:16
3 The Father lets His Son be involved in what He is doing.
     We’ve all heard of the dad who makes himself too busy to be with son.  And if his son tries to be involved with what his hero, his dad is doing,  the dad shrugs and tells his son to get out of the way.  But God, the Heavenly Father, never did this to his son but quite the opposite.  Because the Heavenly Father loved and honored Jesus, He let Jesus be involved in what the Father was doing:
 “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” – John 5:19
What a Heavenly Dad!  This spurs me on to honor my son, Oliver!  I’m going to continually let Oliver know I am please with “who” he is.  I’m not going to suffocate his destiny but release Him in His God-given purpose.  Oliver is my second ministry under my marriage.  I will strive to never do anything to make Oliver feel like he is in my way, rather I will welcome him to be part of my calling in life.
What other ways may we show boys honor?  Feel free to carry on the conversation.
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Originally posted 2016-06-17 03:00:24.