I'm excited to share James Harvey and David Kaufmann with you today. Together, they lead City Church Network.
City Church Network focuses on starting small churches within unreached and unengaged people groups. Then, they invest in helping those churches multiply by planting more churches.
Life in Ministry
Both David and James start their week with a Sabbath to rest and to focus on prayer, worship, and family. While they are committed to being out in the community, they are also committed to their wives and children.
David orders his days by spending the mornings with his wife and children. Then, in the afternoons and evenings he's in the community, working with 2-3 leaders per day. When they meet, they answer 4 simple questions.
James mentioned that he uses a calendar tool that helps him break his days and weeks into 2-3 hour blocks. He then fills those blocks with the specific things he wants to do. Further, he tends to focus entire days on specific areas of ministry.
- Mondays are his Sabbath
- Tuesdays are focused on Apostolic things
- Wednesdays through Fridays are flexible with meetings, prayer walking, and office time
- Saturdays find him out in the field with house church leaders
- Sundays are when he opens his home for a church meeting and then in the afternoon he'll be out in the community meeting people and preparing for the next week
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
The difference between a leadership and a follower is more than knowledge or perspective. It's that a leader intentionally tries to influence others towards a specific vision or set of tasks.
David shared the story of how he moved to Nashville to take a specific position at a church. But by the time he'd arrived, that church had merged with another church and the position had been taken by another pastor. He discovered that he'd been brought in as the “backup player.”
By walking through that time taught him one really big lesson.
James shared how he “staff hopped” for quite some time while he was looking for a ministry he could really invest his heart into. Then, at the right time, he re-connected with David.
Over lunch at the China Pan Buffet, James heard about a whole new ministry. The idea of reaching Nashville through a church planting movement excited him.
Significance in the Marketplace
Go to work every day for the glory of Jesus and look for ways in which God is working all around them. Realize that you have influence and opportunities that staff pastors will never have. Be aware of where God is moving around you.
Many Americans return from missions trips and it seems like a part of their brains turns off. It seems like we tend to think that the mission field is somewhere “over there” – that missions is only international. That's inconsistent with Scripture.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
…who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
Adopt a Missionary
A missionary's greatest need is ongoing relationship and encouragement. While financial support is important, a phone call or face-to-face meeting is much more meaningful than an email or only sending a check. That's why they suggested that we adopt missionaries (Ephesians 1:5).
For a voice memo, you can use the microphone in your computer and there are many services to send a recording or video.
- It’s hard work. Labor intensive. The spiritual warfare is real.
- Family before ministry.
Personal Success Habit
- Monday of every week is a Sabbath.
- The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath
- Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions
Shifts in Society
David suggests that we think of ourselves as learners and then go meet as many people as possible. Then, take it a step further and be intentional about knowing who lives where and learning about their family, interests, relationships, and experiences.
James pointed out that there are often 2 polar extremes of evangelism in the US. However, if we can find a balance, we will be more effective.
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