Going to the World? Do This First!
You can read other blogs about the work Northwood Church does in Vietnam and around the world. It has been a wild ride the past 22 years and we hope to have fifteen teams serve there next year! I am often asked by church planters and pastors about the steps to engage a nation. How do you pick the country? What should I do first? Can you connect me with a leader there? Who should go on the first trip?
These are great and important questions but I have another plan of action for you.
Everyone wants a five-step plan to engage the nations. I resist doing it that way. Detailed plans and programs may initialize some good stuff, but they get in the way of the awesome and radical work that God really wants to do. So, for what it’s worth, here’s my plan of action:
- Start the day on your knees with God’s Word and don’t get up until you sense God’s presence and you’ve heard from Him.
- Tell God whatever He chooses to do with you, you’re okay with it.
- View every event as something God has divinely put before you.
- Seize the opportunity that no one else has or would do. Chances are it will come in a phone call, a chance encounter, or some crazy idea that is lodged in your head.
- Watch God put stuff together.
That’s just the beginning, but it’s the crucial beginning! I’ve written much more about this in my book Glocalization–How Followers of Jesus Engage the World in hopes it will help the Body of Christ engage their community and the world.
Bob is the founder, senior leader, and chief spokesman for Glocal.net . His primary focus is to connect leaders and estabish relationships to explore transformation. Follow Bob on Twitter at @bobrobertsjr.