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September 28, 2015

First Things First: Multiplying the Mission

By Daniel Im

If there was only one thing that you could do in your life, what would it be? If there was only one thing that you would be remembered for, what would that thing be?

When I first started thinking about this question, my motives were obviously holy, refined, and sanctified. I thought to myself, “I shall be a world famous neurosurgeon who will have graduated from Harvard and John Hopkins. People will know who I am because I will have transformed our modern understanding of the brain.”  Pretty lofty goals for a grade five, eh? (Yes, I am Canadian.)

Over the years, as God has continued to take this lump of clay that I am and shape me into his image, my answer to that first question changed dramatically. It’s like the ending of that song, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, “And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of your glory and grace.”

Rather than being known for my temporal accomplishments, I wanted to focus on eternal matters. And that’s when I came across this passage that has since gripped my heart and focused my attention:

My aim is to evangelize where Christ has not been named, so that I will not build on someone else’s foundation, but, as it is written: Those who were not told about Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand. (Romans 15:20-21).

This passage came alive for me when I was on missions in China. To share about Jesus to those who had never heard about him, and had no negative predisposition against him, was refreshing and enthralling. And then to see their lights turn on and see them come to discover Jesus was like nothing else. Upon returning to Canada though, I realized that this too was a place where, for many, Jesus was more of a historical figure than the savior of the world. 

This is when everything changed for me. That one thing ceased to be about my kingdom, my legacy, and my accomplishments. Instead, that one thing became God’s kingdom, his legacy, and his mission. More specifically, that one thing became the task of helping others who were living out Romans 15:20-21 – leaders exactly like you.

So that’s my hope for you here. As the Director of Church Multiplication over NewChurches.com, my hope is that the one thing you take away from this site is a greater empowerment for the mission of multiplication. If we can help you with relevant tools and resources, even better. Yes, we’ll talk about the nuts and bolts of church planting and multisite, as well as create tools to make multiplication easier, but let’s be sure to make first things first.

Everything we’re doing isn’t about creating a legacy in our cities, nor making a name for ourselves. This is all about seeing the lost come to know the glorious light and love of our savior Jesus. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Founder of NewChurches.com and the Director of Church Multiplication for LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. He is the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed) with Ed Stetzer. He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Visit Danielim.com to learn more.

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