What do you miss when apostolic grace is missing from the Church?

An apostle is a “sent-one.”

Walk into the dozen churches closest to your home and send the members out into the community to minister there. Call them to establish the Kingdom reign and rule of God out there. Challenge them to pioneer fresh and meaningful expressions of ministry that make sense to the prevailing culture—outside their walls.

The Christians in those churches will look at you like you’re insane! The longer they’ve been “churched” the more aghast they will be. If they’ve been attending church their entire lives, their incredulity will be nearly insurmountable.


The religious culture in which they’ve been steeped has trained them to be scandalized by the assertion that they’re supposed to minister regularly, routinely, naturally, and passionately among those who are not followers of the Christian way.

Church culture has taught them to believe that’s what ministers are paid for. “It is the minister’s job to minister. Our job is to come and sit and listen and sort of tithe.”

Hasn’t it?



-Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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