I have been devoted to the local church from the moment a young youth pastor poured his life into me and introduced me to Jesus. It has been full of ups and downs, but I always knew that the local church is the greatest thing that ever happened in my life.
Even now, as I prepare for OUTCRY, I am also working at my local church to pull off Easter and tell my corner of the world about Jesus. Being a local church pastor is the fuel for anything that I do on OUTCRY.
But being a local church leader isn’t easy. From the dreaded comment card, to difficult leadership meetings, it’s easy to lose your passion. Like a freight train, Sundays keep barreling down on you. Most of the time you know you are doing well when you don’t receive any complaints!
Maybe you lead something at your local church. Do you remember that first exciting moment? The beautiful moment someone accepted Jesus for the first time under your leadership. Or maybe the first time you led a Bible study or led worship. It brought life, excitement and closeness to God. That was the moment where you knew you were called to this.
But maybe all of the trials and drudgery that come with ministry have dulled your senses. Like a vibrant painting that has been whitewashed, the passion for your calling is beginning to fade.
At OUTCRY, our heart is for the local church. Your church. And with that, the people who lead them. Whether you’re a small group leader, or a children’s ministry volunteer, or a lead pastor, or worship leader, you are making a huge difference in the world one life at a time!
Whether it feels like it or not, you are a leader of the greatest movement in history. You have the privilege of ministering to people I’ll never meet. That is the power of the local church and the power of the Kingdom of God.
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder..
—1 Peter 10:12-13—
Remember your calling today and let it be the fuel for tomorrow’s vision.
As we get ready to hit the road with OUTCRY, we would like to offer you a couple of resources. I believe these will encourage, remind and stir you back into a passion for your calling.
First, we have our new OUTCRY reading plan for leaders on YouVersion! Dive in and remember your calling and passion for the movement of Jesus!
Next, is the OUTCRY book that will tell you the story and heart behind the tour that is has been to 41 cities and has seen nearly 400,000 people attend in 2 years!