Todd Wilson: Don’t Look at People in Your Church as Volunteers

“What if less than 0.1 percent of Christians in the United States know what their unique sweet spot of calling is and are living within it?…What if the opportunity we have is to mobilize 99.9 percent of Christians in America who’ve not yet discovered their unique calling? What kind of impact would that have on our world?”

“Our primary calling is to be disciples of Jesus, growing in the fullness of Him, making disciples of others wherever we go.”

“I’m going to suggest to you that 99 percent of the 320,000+ churches in America don’t actually have as their core purpose [that their] reason for existence is to equip followers of Jesus to make disciples of others.”

“We’re replacing that primary calling with a programmatic approach to growth and addition.”

“Because of our programmatic approach to addition…when it comes to mobilization, we have to view the people in churches as volunteers, not as missionaries.”

“In the program-based church, money really drives everything.”

“If we want to change the way we’re fundamentally mobilizing people, that’s a cultural change. That isn’t a programmatic change.”

“Every follower of Jesus is a masterpiece work of God with a general calling and a unique calling.”

“Our organizational structures need to equip and deploy everyday missionaries.”

“There’s not many things that would get Satan more riled than if you really did have a biblical church that was mobilizing people on their unique calling for the purpose of fulfilling the primary calling.”

“We have got to shift our culture from seeing people as volunteers to seeing them as unique masterpieces with unique missions.”

“There a growing number churches that are absolutely going after this.”

Mentioned in the Show

Exponential
Made for More Resource Library
More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure
Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance
Os Guiness
Ephesians

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Jason Daye
As Director of Ministry Development for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. Jason lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and six children, where he enjoys hiking with his family, fighting rainbow trout, summiting 14ers and swapping stories with good friends. Connect with him on Twitter @jasondaye