By Rob Campbell
In Dave Browningâ€™s book, Deliberate Simplicity, he writes about â€œdoubling up.â€ Let me paraphrase his thoughts.
As we venture into a new year, I believe Browningâ€™s suggestion is timely.
Dave writes, â€œAn exercise that every pastor should engage in regularly is to take out a piece of paper, write at the top, â€˜My Ministry at Double the Size,â€™ and then start to bullet out what that would look like.â€
â€œWould it require an additional service? Additional staff? Reorganization? A different meeting place?â€
â€œOnce you know what it would look like, you have ideas about what it will take to get there from here. A key question to always be asking is, â€˜How can I serve twice as many people as I presently do in the coming year?â€™â€
â€œThe story Jesus told of the talents implied doubling as an expectation: The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. â€˜Master,â€™ he said, â€˜you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five moreâ€™â€. Results certainly may vary from the story. We plant and water and God gives the increase. But in our planning and preparation, we should be getting ready for a 100 percent return on investment.â€
May your work in the Lordâ€™s vineyard produce great gains for the kingdom of God!