I would consider myself a bridge builder. I absolutely love connecting with other people and forming brand new relationships from people I just met. Especially when it comes to other people in ministry. I love to talk and learn from other people because I feel like it can watch and learn from other pastor’s and ministries. I understand that this is some people’s personalities and it is not some people’s natural instincts to go out and talk to people they do not know and start a relationship with a complete stranger. But this is something we all need to learn to do because it is vital to ministry.
To many of us are so stand-offish towards other ministries. They are them, we are us and that is where it is going to stay. But how effective is that really? We may be doing great ministry in our area, but someone else could be doing it “better” and together you would be unstoppable. Imagine the damage to the enemy if pastors from different churches joined forces every once in a while to put on huge outreach or discipleship nights where we raise up the next generation to show them that the ministry that they are involved in is not the only one in the area doing what they are doing!
It might not be everyone’s niche to be bridge builders of other ministries, but it is something that needs to be learned. I believe Jesus did not intend for a ministry to be an “island”, doing it’s own thing and that’s it. In Mark 6, Jesus sends out the disciples two by two, he sent them out together to do ministry in His name.
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
This is something that a few great friends and pastors are trying to do with this conference for all the local churches in the area. Trying to get as many high school and young adults together from many ministries for one night under one roof to be encouraged and learn about God to ignite their passion for Jesus.
Really think about it. Think about what could happen if churches combined on some events. We need to partner up just like Jesus partnered up the disciples before sending them out. Join us?
What events have you combined with other churches?
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