Have you ever thought, "My identity rests in the success of my church."? Or have you ever asked any of these hard life questions:
· Do people like me for who I am or for what I have?
· Will I find love in this life?
· How can I protect myself from pain or rejection?
· Why do I fail at everything I try to do?
· Am I beautiful?
· Do I have what it takes?
· How can I make my future secure?
· How can I be useful in life? Is this job all I have?
· How can I make my life make a real difference in the world?
· Is there a God and is He safe?
· Does God approve of me? Does he like me?
· How can I find peace?
I am certain you have asked or still ask one or more of those. These questions are examples of how we view our lives relationally, personally, missionally, and spiritually. Which bring us to the concept of Gospelling.
“Most people think of the Gospel as a noun. It is a thing. You hear about it. You receive it. You believe it. You share it. The Gospel is something you can hold on to, put in your pocket for another day, or give away... But in 1 Corinthians 15:1 Paul makes a very interesting statement. In our English translations it doesn’t seem so interesting. The NIV translation simply says, ‘I want to remind you of the Gospel I preached to you…’ Nothing interesting there, but the Greek is quite different. The literal Greek translation of this phrase is, ‘I want to remind you of the Gospel I Gospelled.’… ‘Gospel’, in this case, is both a noun and a verb. Not only is it a thing, but it is also something you do. Something you live. Something you embody. You Gospel” (Nate Pyle, Blog, 1/6/13).
Gospelling is the present participle of the word Gospel. It means that the Gospel is active now, presently in life, not simply something that occurred in the past. It is the process of how the Gospel ignites the relational, personal, missional, and spiritual life of the disciple actively and presently. We have been called to enjoy life with God and others. That is the ultimate end of life together.
When we learn about Gospelling Life Together, we learn to have friendship of trialoging about our profound life questions. We can take a journey of laughing and lamenting with other disciples. We learn to live with and for one another; to listen and learn one another’s life story, enjoying their company and friendship and progressing forward in the mission God has for each.
We learn that disciple-making relationships aren't about our own personal success, but how we should encourage one another back to the Gospel Story of Rescue and Renewal.
Briefly re-visit your disciple-journey. Where did it begin and when did you first sense you were on a new journey? Who discipled you and what did discipleship look like in your life? How has it helped you? What would you go back and do differently? Who will you invite to gospel life together?
By Jim Moon, Jr.
What does this picture represent?
To the casual observer, this picture appears to be a group of people in a church in the Caribbean holding up CMM Gospel Coach certificates. It is that indeed, but it represents much more.
Gospel Coaching crossing cultural barriers
In 2014, when CMM was asked by an indigenous denomination on a nearby island to develop gospel coaching for 8000 leaders, my initial thought was, 'That's crazy!' And it was! We had to be cross some profound levels of difference in culture.
Culture is like an iceberg. All the obvious differences, like language, food and customs, are above the water line. The hard work of crossing culture, adapting and accepting the difficult differences are below the surface.
The gospel enables such profound humility and profound power at the same time that the coaching skills were able to transfer and make a deep impact. As we engaged in learning from each other mutually, the power of God overcame suspicion and mistrust baked into this particular nation and house church planting movement.
Gospel Coaching multiplying
The folks in this picture represent second generation fruit that is exploding in multiplying growth after five years of investment. It took four years to deeply and completely train the first 12. Now in one year, those 12 will have completely trained more than 100! These 21 are just some who were trained completely by national leaders.
We started by dreaming big (8000) and going deep with a few first (12). As much as you or I may want Gospel Coaching to grow fast, CMM has found that it cannot grow sufficiently deep in a short amount of time.
Crossing your cultural differences
In the organization you lead, what cultural barriers exist? How might Gospel Coaching impact you and those that follow you on the mission God has entrusted to you? How much time will it take? Are you ready to get started?
Remember…you don’t have to face challenges in church ministry alone. A CMM Gospel Coach can help guide you and your church through a process of identifying and implementing practical, measurable, gospel-focused ministry practices that sharpen the God given mission and improve the health of the local church. Learn more today about church coaching!
Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!