It takes everyone working together from all walks of life to carry out the Great Commission. As part of our AG church-planting initiative, we share our vision on college campuses, and weâ€™ve had as many as two hundred young people on a single campus say, â€śWe will be part of a church planting team.â€ť That means you have schoolteachers, accountants, lawyers, and business people who join in and staff the work.
Ministry is a Team Sport
Youâ€™re not meant to be on your own in ministry. If youâ€™re building a group that can reach out, counsel, teach, serve, and rise to whatever ministry occasion presents itself, youâ€™re in good companyâ€”like Jesus and the apostles.
Surround Yourself with Strong People
Growing up in the church, I developed an image of the leader as a heroic, lone pioneerâ€”the Lone Ranger who single-handedly accomplishes great things for the kingdom of God. Perhaps the struggles of the Assemblies of Godâ€™s formative years shaped that view of a tough person who goes it alone to hammer out a work for God. But that is contrary to the New Testament.
I read through the Book of Acts and the Epistles recently and wrote down the names of all the people associated with the ministry of Apostle Paul. There were ninety-one. Ninety-one people! Paul didnâ€™t carry out his historic ministry alone. Then as now, ministry requires a team.
The one time Paul was alone in Athens, he couldnâ€™t stand it. He wanted his team with him. If you note what he did in Philippi, he traveled with Silas, Timothy, and Luke. There were four full-time staff members and no church. Thatâ€™s the way to do church planting.
George O. Wood is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. For the original article, visit georgeowood.com.