“I didn’t know that!” is not usually the best words to fly out of the mouth of a leader. A leader is supposed to know what’s going in the organization she or he leads. If you lead, its assumed that you know the full impact and the scope of what your organization is doing. You just don’t openly admit, “I didn’t know that.” But yesterday morning in front of my whole congregation I admitted what I didn’t know about the full reach of our church in this world.
You see that’s the fun thing about leading a church, as opposed to any other kind of organization. A healthy church has all kinds of things being enacted by the prompting and the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of every believer. So though a pastor knows quite a bit about the kingdom work of the church he or she leads, they never know the full scope of what’s actually going on. Yesterday morning Bart Barker, who is leading a small missions team to Zambia next month, got up to talk about the project. He talked about the many projects they would be doing, but also shared the story of this under-20 soccer club he and his wife have been quietly sponsoring who just won Zambia’s under-20 national tournament! Not only that, but his club (the team named their club “Bart FC” after their sponsor) uses every opportunity at every game, and every tournament, to openly tell other teams about the Gospel and lead other teams in bible studies. I didn’t know that – but what’s cool is that I didn’t need to know that for God to act through Bart and his wife Kelly to sponsor these young men, and for God’s Spirit to prompt these young soccer stars to represent Christ on soccer pitches throughout Zambia. If you want to know more about Bart FC you can check out their Facebook page.
Yesterday morning was a reminder to me that when I am faithful to God’s work, when anyone is faithful to God’s work, all kinds of positive things happen as a result of that work. I’m just a little pastor of a small, and thriving healthy church filled with lovely people trying to follow Jesus. I know some of what’s happening through our church, but there is so much more going on that I may never know – and I need to remember that every day. Sometimes we get to know the impact our service to God is making in our world, but a lot of the time we don’t really know how far-reaching the impact of our service actually is. We simply need to remember that our God is active, and working, and the little part we play in His kingdom work actually matters.