And may I have a letter to Asaph, so he will give me timber. . . ?”
Nehemiah 2:7–8a, NIV
When God gave me the vision to start M3, the MusicArts Mission Movement among our South Carolina Baptist churches, I prepared to send out invitations to key worship leaders. My goal was to recruit six young worship leaders to join me in igniting the movement. But during the month I planned to send invitations, my father became ill and entered the hospital. Three weeks later God took my dad to heaven. Heartbroken, I was ready to delay the whole M3 process. My supervisor convinced me to send out a general e-mail anyway just to see what interest there might be. Within one week, I had six colleagues signed up and ready to jump aboard. God had already spoken to their hearts and enlisted them by the power of his Spirit. I simply needed to believe and obey God’s leadership.
The vision given to Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem must have seemed impossible. But God’s visions are uniquely designed for the one to whom they are given. God will not give you a vision without giving you the innate abilities to complete the task. God will also place around you the resources needed to fulfill the vision. Be open, nevertheless, to sharpening your leadership skills if God leads you to do so.
Make a list of candidates to serve on your mission leadership team and then approach them to share your vision.
- Help them see and understand the problems: the world is dying without Christ; churches are in decline; few Christians are being discipled and sent on mission for Christ. Then share your vision with them.
- Most importantly, express what you expect they will receive personally from their involvement. Share success stories and testimonies if you have them. All of us have a longing to be part of something with eternal significance. Appeal to that longing in them.
- Make sure that they understand that you are recruiting them for a limited time to accomplish a specific task. Few will sign on for unlimited service with no ending point in sight. Then step back and see how God moves in their hearts.
Remember that you cannot program people to respond positively to your vision or mission. Trust God to “call out the called” as he works in those he has chosen to join the mission. Do not take a “no” answer personally. Communicate your vision clearly and enthusiastically and then wait to see who God brings alongside you.
— Mark Powers
READERS: In September, I will be launching a new online e-classroom featuring 4-week basic training courses for worship leaders! Stay tuned for more information about WORSHIPWISE.com. Keep looking here for info and class registration.