In an upcoming book on apostolic centers co-authored by Pastor Ché and me, we quote two members of HIM’s International Apostolic Team, Dick and Dr. Arleen Westerhof, who state:
No longer will it just be ‘the anointed man or woman of God’ who gets to minister. All of God’s saints get to participate in God’s Kingdom. This is going to require a radical change in how apostolic leaders think and act.”
It’s a quote I used a few weeks back in my blog “Where Are the Radicals?”
The point I made in that blog was that to bring about something we’ve never seen before—a tsunami wave of revival—we must do something we’ve never done before. A different way of stating the limitations of the status quo is this famous definition of insanity: doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result.
Apostolic Centers are not only a critical part of bringing about a tsunami wave of revival; they contain a radical change (a departure from the status quo) in how leaders think about fulfilling the Great Commission (making disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that Jesus commanded us to do).
A few small examples: If the focus is on evangelizing the world, why do church goals and success measures focus on what happens in the local church body? If we are all ambassadors of Christ, why is church such a spectator sport where we cheer on the church leaders as they minister? If the fivefold ministry gifts have been given to the saints for the work of THE ministry, why do so many of us behave as if our role is to help ministers in the pursuit of THEIR ministry?
As leaders, what radical changes can we make in our sphere of influence on our respective mountain of culture?
Perhaps it’s changing our definition of what success looks like. Perhaps it’s changing how we see the role of our organization. Or maybe it’s changing our perception of how we see ourselves and how we see our destiny.
If we could just get out of the rut we sometimes find ourselves in, we just might avoid going insane.