In our last blog we talked about the paradigm shift the Pharisees faced when Jesus arrived to declare,
You have heard that it was said to those of old… But I say to you…”
The Pharisees struggled not only to embrace the paradigm shift but Jesus as well. Some of them thought Jesus was delusional, demon-possessed or crazy.
Today we face our own paradigm shift.
Dr. Bill Hamon, the founder and leader of Christian International, calls the era that we are currently living in the “Third Apostolic Reformation.” In this era, says Dick and Dr. Arleen Westerhof, God is restoring the truth that apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are meant to equip believers for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12):
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.” (read more here!)
This is a new paradigm that, when fully played out, means ministry is not just preaching and teaching but serving and loving others through our actions. It means ministry can be performed by anyone—not just the appointed or the credentialed. And it means ministry can happen anywhere, not just at church or at church-sponsored events.
As leaders it means doing what the Pharisees found so difficult to do: to embrace a new paradigm that requires us to think and act differently. And if we are to fulfill the prophetic words of a tsunami wave of revival, we must act differently.
We can’t do what we’ve always done and expect to get something we’ve never gotten.
We can’t get to worldwide revival with just the 2% of us who are in full-time ministry. This means that leaders on all seven mountains of culture must do what Jesus did—equip those we lead to do what we do (see Matthew 10:1).
It is no longer enough to rally the troops to help us accomplish our vision (even if it is God given), we must, as Paul encourages us in Ephesians 4, “equip” the troops so that together we can accomplish His vision.
Or will we call Paul delusional, demon-possessed or crazy and continue to do what we’ve been doing?