There’s a movement happening in our area. An initiative to merge the youth ministries from various churches into a community-wide body of Christ instead of a bunch of small islands of ministry operating separately. There are several churches actively involved, some on the fringe and others still waiting to see some action before they commit.
Ok, so the initiative has struggled. A lot. I was talking to another minister a week or so ago and he offered this explanation: “Yeah, so-and-so tried to be involved with it, but it always ends up being a “Harvest” thing, instead of a “One Initiative thing.”
Let me fill you in: Harvest is a large church in our area with a lot to offer our community. If we’re talking about the story of the talents, Harvest is the guy with five doing his best to earn back more. They have incredible multimedia capabilities and a team of people wholly dedicated to ministry. They get heavily involved with everything because they have the talents, the money, and the equipment necessary to do what God has called us all to do. So when we do something, Harvest is all in. They bring their five talents, the rest of us bring our two and as a group of ministers, we do our best to bring teens closer to God.
This conversation came back to me the other day on my drive to work. The Holy Spirit said to me, “It is supposed to be a harvest thing. As in, ‘the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord, therefore, to send our workers into his harvest field. (Matthew 9:37-38)” Then He impressed on me this: there’s only one field. It’s not the Catholics, or the Protestants. The Baptists or AGs or non-denominationals. It’s the Lord’s. And He has called workers to work the field. He’s given us various talents, various abilities and even various capacities to work it. Some of us have been blessed to partner with others in working the field. When I envision this field, it looks a lot like a bunch of people laboring side by side without boundaries, all doing the same thing to the best of their abilities. The weak helping the strong. The work getting done. Yes, it is a harvest thing. For the glory of God, not for any one person, church or denomination. And when we all get that, we will see the fields white, hear the call to work it and reap souls unto salvation.