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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

one at a time...

Monday, July 31, 2006

I loved 'this' extract from Mike Yaconelli posted by a good friend, Paul, on his blog. It's part of a discussion between a youth worker (Yaconelli himself?) and God, and has much to say to conversations I've been having recently with a mate who's chaplain at a successful sports club. He is asking how we resist the pressure (often from the 'church', sometimes from ourselves) to see missional 'success' in terms of numbers belonging to a gathered community (i.e. old church-planting type mission) and begin to see it in terms of making disciples who make disciples...

Jesus: "I don't like crowds. Go back and read my story. Yes, I had crowds from time to time, but most of the people in them just wanted more wine, food, and power. Then, when I didn't give them what they wanted, they killed me. Nope. I don't like crowds. Besides, my best work was done one on one. You know...the woman at the well, the crazy guy, the blind man, the prostitute. That's when I did my best stuff."

Me: "But...um...that isn't very efficient."

Jesus: "I know. I don't believe in efficiency."

Me: "What?!?"

Jesus: "Let me put it this way. I believe in making disciples one at a time. Very slow stuff."

Me: "But Jesus, I thought you were into 'fast'."

Jesus: "Nope. I'm about slow. And small."

Me: "Oh, man. If I keep listening to you, I'm going to be fired!"

Jesus: "Good for you."

Me: "Good for me?!? Uh, Jesus, it's not that easy!"

Jesus: "I didn't say it would be easy. I said it would be hard."

Me: "But hard is...well...hard."

Jesus: "Tell me about it.

Go read the full quote 'here' - thanks Paul!


posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 10:09 AM


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