The other night, I had a dream.
We have been praying for several weeks that God would give us clear strategies for building our intercessory and financial support teams. He has given us a good intercessory team strategy, but we were still waiting for clarity on the fundraising piece.
Well, I had a dream.
In this dream, I saw a giant white-board (for those of you who knew me in my “business-days” you know how important the white board is to me). On this white-board, I saw seven boxes. In each of these boxes, there was a fundraising and prayer strategy. At the very top of the white board there was the phrase in all caps: ENGAGING THE SPHERES.
Every society can be divided into seven main areas (spheres of influence): Religion, Business, Family, Government, Education, Arts and Entertainment, and Media. The strategy on the white board engaged all seven of these spheres. For the past year or so, we have been learning more and more about how to impact a culture–societal transformation–for Christ requires touching every sphere of influence within the society.
I recently came across a video (see below) from the Lausanne Conference. In it, Mark Green, outlines two main strategies that the church has for reaching the unreached. These two strategies are:
- Recruit the people of God to use some of their leisure time to join the missionary initiatives of church-paid workers.
- Equip the people of God for fruitful mission in every area of their life.
Our goal as a ministry is to do the latter. How do we equip the people of God to understand, as our friend Bevin Ginder (@globalcast) puts it, that “Missions is not a task, but a story–epic even–that we have all been called into.”
So, when I saw the white board in my dream, I knew that God was giving us a strategy to equip–Engage–the whole body of Christ in every sphere of societal influence.
Over the next few days, we will be publishing a series of blogs and targeted emails for each one of the seven pieces of the strategy. In short, there is a way for everyone–regardless of their individual calling–to help propel the mission of fulfilling the Great Commission into all the world.
We invite you to be a part of this work.
Updated with links to each of the Seven Spheres (just click the link related to the field in which you work):