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What Was the Business of Jesus?

We talk a lot about church leadership on the web, among leaders, and in conferences. The pressure points worthy of our conversation will likely include topics about growth, leadership, measurement, authenticity, serving, justice, and more. There seems to be a platform for everything.

People are getting good at being the artists of those conversations. Pouring over those topics, we water them with our focus, time, resources, and people. This practice has become an industry.

When I see Jesus it seems as though he was intentional about grabbing people together who had no common ground, or model to move toward. Every moment was unimaginably unpredictable and organic. Even though Jesus was ultimately pushing those moments toward himself and the mission, he would often leave his disciples wrestling with doubt and insecurity about what in the world they were going to do next.

I think the conversations among his “staff” were ones filled with many questions centered around financial stability, procedure, measurement, policy, and some of the things we want assurance of for comfort and control. But the disciples would get no such conference, resource, or meeting. For them it was a rag tag danger cusped collection of sloppy experiences in shady situations with people who never fit the target audience and events that defied common day practices. The only tradition they woke up to perfect was the tradition of, “where is Jesus and what is he going to do next?”

Isn’t that the thing we really want to talk about?

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Chad Swanzy has served in youth ministry for 15 years and currently works as the student ministry director at Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas. Learn more from Chad and ask him your questions at ChadSwanzy.com.