Reaching The Online Generation

An Initiative of CityTeam Ministries

Two Mistakes that Will Kill Your Minstry

Posted on | August 14, 2008 |

Majoring on the minors will kill your ministry

I’ve been in so many conversations that go round and round because people focus on the minors. In fact, the major fires caused by focusing on minor things will consume your time and reduce your effectiveness.

Here are some of the majors that define the focus of the Reaching the Online Generation taskforce:

  1. There is an Online Generation who believes that online relationships are just as real as offline relationships.
  2. There are Christians in this Online Generation. Some attend offline churches. Some don’t.
  3. There are non-Christians in this Online Generation.
  4. We need to disciple Christians and non-Christians into obedient and reproducing followers of Christ.
  5. We have to use existing online social media to engage the Online Generation and disciple them.
  6. Some people will feel called to disciple Christians of the Online Generation. That is ok.
  7. Some people will feel called to disciple non-Christians of the Online Generation. That is ok.
  8. People who focus on Christians and people who focus on non-Christians need to get together regularly to talk about how they are obeying their call and using their gifts and resources to reach the Online Generation. This encourages creative thinking with results.
  9. We can work together and be part of completely different organizations and ministries, as long as we agree on numbers 1-8. In fact, the task is so big that we have to work together to fulfill our calls.

The only way to get diverse groups to work together is to have a very short list of majors. When people start chasing minor issues, someone has to bring them back to the majors and focus the conversation.

Defining yourself by what you are against, or what you are not, will kill your ministry

Most reactionary moments fail to reproduce and eventually die. At best, they struggle all the time and exert tremendous energy and resources to keep things going.

If you read Scripture and feel God calling you to do things in a different way, then do it. When people ask, your conversation should follow this pattern, “One day I read [insert passage]. God said [insert call] to me. So I am doing [insert action] to obey the Holy Spirit.” If your conversation typically goes, “Well, I didn’t feel comfortable with [them]. I didn’t feel [they] we doing things right. So we got together to do ministry the right way, the way God intends.” If you ask me, I’m not sure there is anything Godly about the second conversation. Talk about your call, not about your hate.

Never, NEVER, bash other ministries or followers of Christ. If they are obeying their call, are you the Holy Spirit to correct them? If they aren’t, the Holy Spirit will do His job, as long as they continually seek God’s face. Don’t waste your energy doing the Holy Spirit’s work for Him. (And don’t incur the wrath of God either!)

ooVoo Groups for Reaching the Online Generation

If any of the 9 majors of Reaching the Online Generation strike a cord, let me know. I’d like to start regular ooVoo Groups to talk about what God is doing, how group members are obeying God’s call, and how we can help each other. If you are interested, let me know in the comments or send me an email.

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3 Responses to “Two Mistakes that Will Kill Your Minstry”

  1. Brother Terry Simmons
    August 14th, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    I read your post after I blogged today. It was like a word of prophecy to me. I totally agree with all 9.

    God bless you,


  2. Ernest 'Turbo' Murry
    August 15th, 2008 @ 1:14 am

    wow. Nothing to add but ‘Amen’. Count me in on that group (user: txturbo)

    Turbo =)

  3. Paul D. Watson
    August 15th, 2008 @ 8:27 am

    @Turbo - Just added you on ooVoo.
    @Terry - Glad to hear it. Are you on ooVoo? Love to talk with you sometime.

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