Back in the day while I was serving as a youth pastor graduations were bittersweet. Bitter in saying goodbye to seniors I watched grow into young men and women of faith. Sweet in bidding them farewell as they embark on the next exciting chapter God had planned for them.
It was never fully a good-bye. It was a time of commissioning and deploying. A sending out to serve and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Equipping and empowering disciples are preparatory steps to the deployment. Each disciple has a calling from God. For some it is to far reaches of the world. Others in their own backyard. Wherever the geographical location disciples are still sent out to make disciples.
The last step in the SEED process, Deploy, naturally leads into the first step, Share. The young disciple has been mentored and learned via modeling on living the Missional Life Habits in every day life. With joy and excitement they are sent out to make disciples where God is calling them to serve and share.
Deployment is important. It is part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), to go to Jerusalem (local), Judea (regional) and to the ends of the earth(international). (Acts 1:8) It is not disrespectful to leave one’s home congregation to go where God is leading one to serve and share the Gospel. It is obedience to God.
When a disciple is deployed it is sending out to serve and share, whether in a new geographic location or in a new leadership role within his/her faith community. It is launching the next generation of disciples who will go and make disciples who will make disciples.
Ministry has a mentoring component to it. A mature disciple teaches a young disciple the whole life of a follower of Jesus Christ. How to fully live the life and how to share it with another. To send one out is to wait with great excitement to see what God will do through the newly deployed disciple.
This Week’s Challenge
Look around to see who God is preparing to send out to serve and share the Gospel. Share with him/her a piece of advice to encourage him/her as they begin their ministry in the world.