Lack of words – I’m dreaming about the newly saved business men and women in Poland and Ukraine. We have no language that conveys the importance of their marketplace ministry. If ministry occurs, we call it church… mega church, community church, house church, cell church, simple church. I’m endorsing all of these models of church. However, the point of church is equipping the saints for something beyond church (Kingdom). All of our church models are prone to encourage the saints to park in church instead of moving into the Kingdom and extending ministry into the marketplace, making money and having fun doing it. All of our models view revival and salvation as a pathway to more “church meetings.” Getting rid of the four walls just moves the location of the meeting. Having our meetings in the mall or a restaurant and calling it “kingdom” misses the point at well. Kings own restaurants and malls! Maybe a better question is, “How can the church join them?”
What’s the point? – By the way, our conferences in Poland and Ukraine were meetings in churches and we fell in love with the pastors! I’m in favor of more pastors and more churches, regardless of the model. My only point is that I think we’ve lost the reason for having church. The fruit of church has historically been more Christians so that we can have more church. It’s kind of like a perpetual motion machine that exists for its own self-propagation! We have traditionally felt quite holy about the whole circular process. If salvation is our only goal, then church is the only vehicle we need. However, if we’re going to change the world, then we need to occupy six more mountains. Lance Wallnau gives a great summary of the seven mountain concept.
We’re supposed to produce disciples who can “make disciples of all nations.” We don’t really have the language that elevates the importance of ministry in the six other mountains to a level that is equally important as “church.” My message to business men and women is that when they tap the desire of their heart and really grasp their calling, they will be advancing the Kingdom. That doesn’t mean they stop going to church. In fact, it might mean that they help plant more churches.
The goal of the disciples we produce in church is “going” to those six other mountains. We can restore freedom through Kings in the government mountain. We can restore the world wide economy through Kings in the business mountain. Cultures will be impacted in amazing ways as Kings arise in the media, education, family and the entertainment mountains.
Missions – Our concept of missions is looks a little different for Kings. A mission usually conveys the concept of self-sacrifice, poverty, or danger (we need your money to do our ministry). I want to suggest that Kings are motivated for ministry out of the desires of our heart. It’s a dream-come-true that also has an ingredient of prosperity. I could describe our trip to Europe in terms of the cost, the jet lag, and the stress of warfare; the huge sacrifice “I” made. It would be a lie. It was really a party in the presence of God with some really great people. I haven’t had that much fun in years, nor have I seen that much fruit. Every day I was over there, I made friends and money… much more than I spent. We asked pastors not to give us offerings!
Work – Our vocational work should be our ministry calling. That work should thrill our hearts and result in our dreams coming true. Our cup should overflow spiritually and financially. Ministry to people should be a natural byproduct of a fulfilling life. When our cup is really running over, other people notice and they naturally want to know where the spring is… its Jesus’ life, and life more abundantly.
Dreams do come true! – I used to believe that my personal goal was to be faithful to God and therefore faithful in church. That meant going to the meetings, tithing, sharing the ministry load by helping the pastor (20 years). I didn’t adjust that much after I became a pastor (13 years). Now that I have 10,000 meetings under my belt, I’m realizing that “faithful in church” is not my life’s ambition. My real goal as a King is to “have fun, make money, and love people” somewhere in the marketplace in my own mountain where my (and God’s) dreams come true. In this case, the dream is to Release other Kings.
That doesn’t mean I’m on a crusade against church. The church is the place we’re all equipped. We learn the language of the Holy Spirit through Godly pastors in church worship, prayer, and the word. It’s fun, worthwhile, important to God, and essential for making disciples. Worship, prayer, church… are all important. But those things are really pathways into the desires of our heart as we graduate from servant to King. The greatest challenge for Kings right now is learning to access the desires of their hearts and multiply finances. Dreams can come true, but they usually cost money. God can teach us how to create wealth. (I am on a crusade to make wealth creation part of our discipleship process in church.)
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. Deut 8:18 NIV
Note: He usually employs a mentor with the wisdom of proverbs and the character of George Patton.
How to create wealth – I really believe the first step is realizing that God wants us (Kings) to create wealth. Exactly how, is a function of our dream and our calling. Just realizing it’s possible opens many doors of faith and initiative…. Start knocking. Mentors are a practical aspect of wealth creation: someone who has done it before and knows how. We’ve written a number of prior newsletters on the topic:
PS: Found this at http://resourcesministryee.com/marketplace.html compliments of Roger Bullard.
- In the New Testament, the mentions of Jesus’ public appearances were 122 out of 132 times in the marketplace.
- Of the 52 parables Jesus told, 45 were in the marketplace context.
- Of 40 divine interventions recorded in Acts, 39 were in the marketplace.
- Jesus spent more than 50 percent of His adult life as a carpenter until age 30 before He went into a preaching ministry in the workplace.
- Jesus called 12 workplace individuals, not clergy, to build His Church.
- Work is worship – The Hebrew word Avodah is the root for the word from which we get the words “work” and “worship”.
- Work in its different forms is mentioned more than 800 times in the Bible; more than all the words used to express “worship”, “music”, “praise”, and “singing” combined.