Ephesians 1 tells us the mission of the Church is to carry the fullness of Jesus into every crack and cranny of society. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are each given a unique design and purpose to play in God’s mission for the church. We can’t do that simply by inviting people to church. We must mobilize an army of missionaries deployed on their unique personal calling into every corner of society.
This picture energizes me and is at the heart of healthy Kingdom multiplication. One of the key messages I write about in my book, More, is the need for church leaders to courageously play their part in activating the body of Christ. You have an opportunity to lead a church that helps people understand, embrace and live out their personal calling, creating environments where discipleship flows naturally.
Exponential is committed to inspiring and equipping you to move toward Kingdom multiplication as you make and mobilize disciples who engage their calling and join God’s work. Check out these resources featuring Alan Hirsch, Hugh Halter, Will Mancini, Jimmy Carroll and others as you consider your role in mobilizing people in the sweet spot of their unique personal calling.
Below are summaries and links to the week’s resources plus additional ones to check out to learn what it takes to mobilize your church.
- Todd Wilson and Eric Reiss unpack the two parts of personal calling and apply a simple framework to answer the question, “How do we find our sweet spot?”
- In this podcast drawing from his book, The Permanent Revolution, Alan Hirsch unpacks the fivefold mystery (APEST) and explores how apostolic leadership provides new and missionally creative ways to advance multiplication.
- Dave Rhodes and the Younique team share how to build a personal vision frame and identify four imperatives to help you begin to move from confusion to clarity in your personal calling.
- FORGE America’s Hugh Halter directs his focus to evangelism inside missional communities and how the witness of the gospel happens through natural life and intentional neighborhood and network engagement.
- Vision strategist Will Mancini helps us identify our unique identity and how that identity plays out as we live and work in community with others.
- Jimmy Carroll, president of the Liberty Church Network and planter/lead pastor of Journey Church defines four areas focused on calling, qualification, gifting and passion that together help us clarify and live in our calling.
- Discipleship leader and author Bill Hull draws from his insight and weighty experience to identify the three factors key to making disciples.
Additional Resources for Clarifying and Mobilizing Personal Calling
- Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church by Neil Cole (Jossey-Bass)
- The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church, 2nd Edition by Alan Hirsch (Baker Publishing Group)
- On The Verge: A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church by Dave Ferguson and Alan Hirsch (Zondervan, Exponential Series)
- The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church by Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim (Jossey-Bass)
- The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost (Baker Books)
- The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church: And the Causes That Hinder It by Roland Allen (Wipf & Stock Pub)
- Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers by Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird (Jossey-Bass)
- Becoming a Level 5 Multiplying Church by Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson
- Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication by Todd Wilson
- You Can Multiply Your Church: One Journey to Radical Multiplication by Ralph Moore