If constant encouragement and practical discipleship are not introduced into the lives of believers during those seven years, they often lose sight and passion for what has not been taught and placed in their hearts by God. The reason is that parents, friends, and even pastors rarely encourage anyone to make that kind of decision. Each year, no less than 200,000 people sincerely make contact with one of the hundreds of mission agencies established in the United States. Unfortunately, the painful reality is that less than 1,000 people will launch into the mission field.
WHO ARE MISSION MOBILIZERS
People who desire to see others prepared, trained, and brought into the mission ministry are called mobilizers. Mobilizers are the ones that stir the hearts of other believers in Christ for reaching the World for the Kingdom of God. They coordinate efforts among senders, local churches, sending agencies, and field missionaries. Mobility is essential for the church, and mobilizers are the ones to get the ball rolling and keep it moving.
THE BODY OF CHRIST NEEDS TO MOBILIZE WITH THE MOBILIZER
A great analogy is parallel to World War 2. Only 10% of the American population went to war, and out of that 10%, only 1% actually saw combat. BUT for the soldier to be successful, it required the entire country to be mobilized in various forms or fashions.
Please forgive me and don't get your feathers ruffled, but I have a question. Where do I believe we are lacking in the mobilization for missions? I think it's those sitting in the pews and church leaders. Sadly, very few Sunday believers understand missions, mission mobilization, and how to engage in missions. Because of this, that is why many ministries are not in an active role in advancing mission work. Instead, many see it as too complex and leave it for someone else to tackle.
The reality is that those who stay behind need to be fully involved and engaged in mobilization. The church's leadership needs to inspire those they lead to take a sincere interest and activate them for service in missions.
WHEN THERE IS NO MOBILIZER, IT HINDERS THE CHURCH
Mobilizers are primarily distributors of resources, training, and vision for evangelizing the World. When the church doesn't correctly support the role of the mobilizer, it is seriously hindering the function of the goer, sender, and welcomer.
Mobilization is not only focused on raising more multicultural missionaries. In the simplest terms, a mobilizer is any believer who invites, mentors, and leads others into their specific roles that they will work in to achieve the Great Commission as a collective body of believers within the church.
I AM A MOBILIZER
I consider myself a mobilizer. I am continuously fueling my passion for it in various ways:
- Engaging with other mobilizers.
- Reading books, blogs, and articles on the subject.
- Listening and watching YouTube videos and podcasts.
- Encouraging other believers to take an active role in missions
The church is aware of the need for church planters, evangelists, theological educators, and student workers. Mission Mobilization is a new concept in the church. Increasingly, it is becoming more recognized as a need for global outreach.
The questions for you are: Are you a mobilizer for global missions to those around you and within your local church? As a church leader, what are you doing to encourage mission mobilization? Are you looking to raise someone to be that voice within your body to inspire, organize, and motivate? How can you do better than what you have been doing before? Where does Jesus want you to go and do? Are you willing to go? Are you willing to send? Are you willing to support it?
These are only a few questions to start with, among many others. The key is to sincerely pray and seek God's answers for your life and ministry. Be obedient to the call of God in the Great Commission of missions. You need to take your first step of faith towards it.
Note to church leaders: If you struggle with missions, you need to commit to new ways of thinking about missions while embracing and celebrating the mobilizer person in your church. You must focus your resources on supporting missions and mobilization efforts if you are genuinely going to cooperate with Christ in bringing his Good News to the ends of the earth.
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MISSIONS ON YOUR HEART?
If you are a ministry, minister, or person of God that wants to dive deeper into missions but don't know how that looks for you, feel free to contact me. I would love to explore your heart and see where God leads you. I can share with you all the avenues that I am aware of in the hopes of connecting and plugging you into the right place that God has for you in the world of missions. Reaching lives for Jesus Christ in the international fields requires thoughtful planning. There is a mission pipeline sort of speak that needs to be built out specifically for you. I can help you do that.