So much preaching; so little fire. Without God’s fire continually ablaze in our heart, we won’t be what He wants us to. However, when God’s fire is burning in your heart, you have to work to find time for anything besides Him.
“The fire on the altar of your heart needs to be stirred up occasionally.” –William Booth
Caring, participatory interaction transforms people. Lecturing merely informs them. Letting people speak as they are quickened by the Spirit is a beautiful way to meet.
Jesus needs no surrogate. He’s present, active, & powerful when we meet in His name. When we’re together for worship, we can actually let the risen Jesus call the shots (like a movie director does). He can direct a church meeting without a human surrogate!
When Christ is speaking for Himself, it’s awkward if someone tries to be His surrogate. After all, if Christ is communicating for Himself, a surrogate for Him is unnecessary.
Preaching proclaims &
Teaching explains, but
Trains ordinarry people
To hear & obey
The living Jesus!
Here are a few quotes about facilitation:
“When people who attend experience that their presence is truly wanted and valuable, and that their unique gifts are necessary for the best outcome of the gathering, the possibility for authentic engagement, leading to success, is greatly enhanced.”
–Craig and Patricia Neal with Cynthia Wold
“Engagement explodes in meetings when people are listened to & acknowledged.” –Sibbet
“The participatory process liberates the members of the group & strengthens the group.” –David Lester
“The facilitator encourages full participation, promotes mutual understanding & cultivates shared responsibility.” –Sam Kaner
“Facilitation as a style of leadership is rapidly gaining ground.” -Steve Davis
Some walls need to fall. Being part of a faith-based facilitation group can help bring them down. Don’t fence Christ out of your heart.
Faith-based facilitation can turn a meeting into a gathering of “live wires” popping with Christ’s presence & power! When various people are moved by the Spirit, they all wind up on the same page — filled with God’s fire!
This will help to get and keep God’s fire going in your heart.