[Column] Church that Nurtures People Grow

Church that Nurtures People Grow

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

 

There is an ancient Chinese proverb,“ if your vision is good for one year, plant words. If it is for a decade, plant a tree. If it is for a lifetime, nurture people." I would like to add the following to this proverb. "If the vision of church is to be good for a lifetime, it must nurture the workers of God's kingdom." A growing church is the church that nurtures the workers of Heavenly kingdom. One person's role in the ministry of God's kingdom is invaluable beyond description. Through one man, sin entered humanity and through one man it was saved. Lord accomplishes His great works through one dedicated servant. Ministry is ultimately nurturing people. That is transforming and healing them through God's Word. A healthy church trains each member according to his calling and gift and In turn calls him to serve.

A healthy church nurtures the ministers of God's Kingdom and sends them out to the world. Early church grew by the dedicated people of God. In the Acts chapter 8, we see that the church is persecuted and people scatter. It is not just any other people who scattered but those with the Word of God(Acts 13:49). The message of this verse is profound. Church must send out its pious missionaries to all arenas of society. There must be Christian politicians, businessmen, journalists, educators, experts, and artists, Then, can we transform society through Gospel.

Also a healthy church continually trains leaders. The succession of excellent leadership the greatest fruit of leadership. Noel Tichy, who worked for several decades as an organizational psychologist and management consultant, claims in his book Leadership Engine that the success and failure of a company is dependent on leadership.  He points out that the standard by which a leader is judged must not be rooted in his accomplishments but on his ability to train others to become leaders and on normal function of the organization even in his absence. This leadership coincides with that of Jesus Christ. Jesus said to His disciples, " Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12)." Lord presented a greater vision that the disciples would do greater things and sent upon them the Holy Spirit.

The church that nurtures people like Jesus grows. Only those who can realize success in others can become true leaders. Korean churches must invest more in people training with a renewed sense of passion and interest. A leader who has been trained and prepared can change the world. Are you nurturing another person at your church?

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