Multiplying Student Missional Communities: The Power of Prayer

“Prayer is not asking.  Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”

– Mother Teresa –

I love this quote by Mother Teresa.  It’s really a quote about the humility andmultiplying MCs prayer obedience of prayer.  Prayer is about putting our trust fully in God, setting down our desires to live for His, and being obedient to the things that He is speaking in our lives.  This humility and obedience before God is exactly where we want our students to be.  It’s out of this humility and obedience that students begin to realize that their mission is God’s and not theirs.  They begin to realize that they need a trust in God’s Spirit for their mission.

There are two questions that a disciple of Jesus asks: What’s God saying to me?  What am I going to do about it?

The focus question for this step in the multiplication process is the former: What’s God saying to me?  God speaks to us and reveals Himself to us in many different ways.  One of the ways that God speaks to us is when we come to Him in prayer.  As leaders, we need to allow space and TIME for students to wrestle with what it is God is saying to them.

Once we have helped students identify their passions we begin to encourage students with this question: What’s God saying to you about how you can use your passion to live your life as your mission?  It is essential for us to let students fully seek God out on this.  Yes, we provide some guidance and insight at various points.  Ultimately, it’s healthier for students in the long run to be on their knees, in God’s presence, wrestling and discerning the things He is leading them to.  The more dependent they become on God and the more they humble themselves before Him, the more they will learn to operate out of a posture of servanthood, humility, and Spirit-promptedness as they lead others.

The step of prayer is, in many ways, the gateway to the path that God is leading students down.  It’s in seeking God’s will that students begin to obtain their sense of purpose and direction.  This is a crucial step, and like I said before, as leaders we need to allow space for students to wrestle and wait for God.  Seeing students come out of this step with that purpose, direction, and vision is a beautiful things to be a part of.  This is the power of prayer.

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Multiplying Student Missional Communities: It Starts with Passion

In our last post, How to Multiply Missional Communities, we talked about the 4 steps we use for multiplying Missional Communities.  The 4multiplying MCs passion steps include: Passion, Prayer, People, and Pursuit.  In the upcoming posts we will break down each of these steps, how we came to them and some practicals that go along with them.

Passion

The leading question behind Passion is simply, ‘What passions has God given you?’  

Here’s why we ask students the questions of passion:

  • Life-giving. Questions of passion often get at the core of what makes us feel alive.  When someone is telling you what they are passionate about their eyes light up with joy and life.  Often times, they can talk to you forever about their passions.
  • God-given. The things we are passionate about are God-given.  They are wired deep within us.
  • Calling. What we are passionate about are the very things that we will give ALL of ourselves to – whether it’s a cause, a neighborhood, athletics, the arts, cooking, etc. We feel a strong call to our passions.
  • Endurance. If we are passionate about something we won’t give up on it, even during the tough times.

If you are going to help a student be missional, then it only makes sense to release them to be missional in a network or neighborhood that they are passionate about.  This is why it’s important to have the initial conversation be about passion – it sets the table for the rest of the multiplying process.

Our leaders and myself are constantly asking students what they are passionate about.  What has God put on your heart?  What makes you feel alive?  What energizes you?  If you could do one thing for an entire day, what would it be?  These questions help develop and bring to light what the Holy Spirit is already stirring within students!