A Call to Mission: Build And Prepare An Extremely Committed Team

A Call to Mission: Build And Prepare An Extremely Committed Team

I was in Kos Island, Greece. If you drive out of Athens, you will see a  signpost pointing to Thessaloniki. The hotel I stayed in was practically built on the Mediterranean Sea. I touched the waters and constructed in my mind the path of the Missionary Journey. The more I look at reality, the more I think about a  Call to Mission.

He hired 12 men for a mission. He trained them. He equipped them. Then, he left. Later, on the Day of Pentecost, He equipped them further. Largely, none of the disciples had a clear template for the call. It was in AD 69 when Roman General Titus was putting Jerusalem in ruins that the action began. Titus and Emperor Vespasian have destroyed the rebuilt Temple.

With Jerusalem desolate, the apostles had to leave Jerusalem to live. Mathew was killed in Ethiopia with a sword. Mark was tied to horses, dragged until he died in Alexandria. Luke was hanged in Greece. John was boiled in oil which he survived. He later served as the Bishop of Edessa (in modern Turkey); he died of natural causes. Peter was crucified upside down.  James was beaten to death.

James, the son of Zebedee, was beheaded. Bartholomew (Nathaniel) was flayed to death by a whip. He had preached in Asia but died in Armenia. Andrew died in Patras, Greece, crucified. In India, Thomas was stabbed with a spear. Jude died on arrows. Mathias who replaced Judas was stoned and beheaded. And let me add: Paul was beheaded by Emperor Nero in AD 67.

The men executed the mission but I can assure you that few knew at the beginning the full playbook. From companies to nations, those that answer great calls typically shape everything. But sometimes they do pay severe personal penalties. 

At different levels, a Call to Mission requires extremely committed people. Even in your business, you must have that capacity to find and recruit people that can help you execute a great mission. You must prepare them. Equip them. And push them to go for glory.

Jesus has a great template on how to accomplish missions: build and prepare an extremely committed team.

–the longer version is here.


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3 thoughts on “A Call to Mission: Build And Prepare An Extremely Committed Team

  1. It raises an interesting question, what should a leader know? From what Jesus’ template showed, we can see that he led by doing it, and showing them how to do it. So the idea of a leader being a mere motivator or inspirer is highly flawed, a leader must know how to do it, that’s how you gain credibility.

    It is not enough to assemble best brains, if you cannot articulate the vision and set the template, anyone in the team can mute your good ideas and subsume them with his/her own, because you are incapable of demonstrating competence.

    To be able to select the right team, you must first understand the job, real leadership is not by making motivational speeches; Jesus did the wonders, before charging his disciples to do same.

    Again, if you are not willing to die for your convictions and mission, then they are not important enough. For something bigger than you to spring forth, it could require giving everything, including your life.

    Heroism is for the brave and committed, weaklings do not partake.


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