The Pastor’s Quill
By Pastor Tim Hodge
Sep 03, 2017
We are a ministry that exists ON PURPOSE and FOR PURPOSE.
We exist for three basic reasons in the Kingdom of God. First, we exist to reach the unsaved and the unchurched. Second, we exist to build community. Thirdly, we exist to establish a nurturing community.
Community. The word itself has various definitions. For example, one context may be used that we “live in a community” (a part of a town or city) and therefore it has to do with a geographical location. One other definition would be “a group of people that share social, and religious standards.” That latter definition would be a good place for us to springboard into understanding the COMMUNITY of a ministry.
One of the great benefits of a community is the intertwining of life, functions, and duties enables us to do life together.
Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 (NIV) records these words, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: (10) If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (11) Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? (12) Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
I read an amazing fact recently in an article on leadership and community. I’m going to paste it here verbatim.
“One of the largest, strongest horses in the world is the Belgian draft horse. Competitions are held to see which horse can pull the most and one Belgian can pull 8,000 pounds. The weird thing is if you put two Belgian horses in the harness who are strangers to each other, together they can pull 20,000 – 24,000 pounds. Two can pull not twice as much as one but three times as much as one. This example represents the power of synergy. However, if the two horses are raised and trained together they learn to pull and think as one. The trained, and therefore unified, pair can pull 30,000 – 32,000 pounds, almost four times as much as a single horse.” (SOURCE: http://jtweav.com/synergy-belgian-draft-horse/)
Common sense would lend one to think if one horse can pull 8,000 pounds then two horses would pull 16,000 pounds. However, the power of synergy must be included in the equation. Synergy, in a basic concept, is the interaction of elements that produces a greater effect than the sum of the individual elements. When synergy is involved 2+2 will not equal 4, but can produce greater.
Several key elements in the horse story stood out to me. First, the TWO horses that pulled, not 16,000, but 20–24,000 pounds were STRANGERS to one another. Secondly, “IF” two horses are RAISED and TRAINED TOGETHER the pair can pull 30-32,000 pounds. The latter pair were raised together and trained together in the same COMMUNITY. They know one another. They understand one another. They know the same commands. They have higher expectations when working together.
Pardon me, but if two horses can do that, then how much more should the body of Christ in the earth be doing?
When we say, “We exist to build community,” it should be understood we are not just talking about getting together for superficial spiritual stuffers or potluck dinners. We are growing together and learning together. The by-product should be an experiential heightened level of synergy where the Spirit of God can do mighty exploits in us and through us.
WE EXIST TO BUILD COMMUNITY!