One Good Question Changed My Life
Iʻve got a small group of brothers where we are committed to complete confidentiality, meeting every two weeks unless we are traveling, to care and love one another without condition, and to live without judgement, shame, or fixing each other.
On the day that I am assigned to share, I will bring an issue to the group and they will use the whole hour plus to hear me out and ONLY ask me questions. We have agreed no offers answers, no prophecies, nothing other than asking questions. Each member asks one question even if they have follow up questions. A facilitator is helpful to guide us as they each take turns to ask questions until all questions have been exhausted. This process is so good that I will not make a major decision about anything unless I take it before my group. All are men of God and we always pray before and after a presentation. I pray now that every one of us pastors (and our spouses) has a trusted small group who asks good questions.
I remember one good question changed my life! It unravelled all of my confusion, all my distorted thinking, all my sacred cows and long held improper beliefs. The question gave me a whole other perspective, even new opportunity and possibility. So I offer this…
Instead of asking “How do we grow our church?”
What if we asked:
“How do we impact our city or community?”
Pastor Mike Ward is an Area Pastor who has a son Adam who is asking a question in Columbus, Ohio. Adam, an engineer who loves to solve problems, started a non-profit called the “What If It Was True” movement. Check it out here. https://wiiwt.com/about/. Because Adam knows more about the spiritual condition of his city than anyone else, and knows the pastors, their churches and their beliefs and culture, he can direct ANYBODY in any spiritual condition to a church that would fit them…all from asking one life changing question.
Foursquare Multiply Leader Brad Williams spoke to us at our recent District Conference. And he asks: “Why are we NOT Multiplying?” Listen here to hear a funny and thoughtful answer.
If you have any questions about the small group technology, or anything about Foursquare Multiply, call or write me. Next planters cohort starts February 2020.
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