Placing square pegs in round holes is a mistake in every scenario—including missions! A major pitfall in missions is attempting to accomplish what we’re not gifted to do, simply out of obligation or because we see others doing it. Maybe we keep doing what we’ve always done in missions even if we’re not being successful because we haven’t opened our minds to new possibilities. Missions comes in all shapes and sizes, and an important key to success is to operate from our strengths and giftedness.
Think about the strengths, spiritual gifts, interests, and talents of your missions group. What have you done well in the past? What gets your group excited? What are the vocational strengths and experiences of each group member? How have you seen God at work through the spiritual gifts of each person? Is there a special gift or talent within your group that makes the group unique?
Once you’ve identified the strengths and gifts of your group, open up the topic for discussion. Invite group members to share openly about what they could envision doing in missions together as well as express any ideas they find less interesting or more intimidating. Challenge the group members to think through what they’re willing or not willing to do because of what they consider fun, easy, and convenient versus what they’ll get involved in as a group because of what they realize they’re called and equipped to do.
To help your missions group consider the possibilities, share these 2 scenarios as examples of what can happen when we do missions using our God-given strengths:
Scenario 1: Missions group A agreed to provide food once a week for the local community college’s student ministry. At first, the group worked tirelessly to fulfill its responsibilities. But most group members worked in the city, and it was difficult to drive back and forth across town during lunch hour traffic to provide food, not to mention that group members were not gifted at cooking. When missions group A openly discussed its concerns and prayed about what to do, a sister church offered to take over the collegiate ministry, which began to thrive. Missions group A realized that most group members were young professionals very engaged in their careers, which kept them downtown during the workday. God led the group to begin a young professionals’ outreach Bible study held downtown during the lunch hour. The study began attracting other young professionals and the group members began building meaningful relationships with them.
Scenario 2: Missions group B had been singing at the nursing home on Sunday afternoons for as long as the group members could remember. It was a ministry the group inherited, but those who loved to sing had moved on to other groups while those remaining struggled because they loved seniors but weren’t musically talented. Several group members had handyman skills and loved yardwork. The group decided to make a change and began a handyman ministry to the elderly and shut-ins. Doing something these people could not do for themselves created opportunities for the group members to share Christ’s love in word and deed.
Lead your group to serve out of its strengths and watch God work!
Kimberly Sowell motivates women to live surrendered lives for Jesus. Visit KimberlySowell.com.
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