Laboring in the Barn or in the Harvest


Where do you spend most of your time?
_____ A. With other Christians
_____ B. With non-Christians

When I planted a church in Southern California it was my desire to spend time with those who didn’t know Jesus. I wanted to serve them and love them like Jesus and introduce them to Jesus.

The reality is that I spent a whole lot of time working on the church, getting ready to launch services, recruiting volunteers, planning events, purchasing sound equipment, reporting on progress, leading team meetings, and marketing and advertising.

I was busy. I was mobilizing Christians to work with me on the church.

Honestly, I spent more time in the barnthan I did in the harvest.

I was more engaged with Christians than I was with non-Christians.

Now, twenty years later, I am still facing the same struggle. I coach and train church planters to get out of the barn and into the harvest, but I still spend a lot of time with Christian leaders.

Let’s get out in the harvest field.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

Today’s Missional Challenge

Spend more time laboring in the harvest than in the barn!

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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