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The word mobilization describes the act of assembling and making both troops and supplies ready for war.  The word was first used in military conflict in order to depict the Russian army of the 1850s and 1860s.  Its definition is, “to marshal, bring together, prepare for action especially of a vigorous nature.”  Mobilization is about preparation and then moving into action so that we can make an impact for the Kingdom of God.  It goes beyond planning and strategy and moves us into action.

Mobilization is moving the church into action.  It is activating the body of Christ to actually live out the values we say we hold on to and believe.  The book of James makes it clear that we demonstrate a genuine faith, not by what we say, but by what we do and how we live our lives.  The best measurement of what we really value is not what we say but how we behave.  Values are those guiding principles, convictions, and assumptions that we have about ministry.  They are enduring beliefs that determine how we act.

Where does your church need to mobilize?  Are there things that you say you value that are lacking proof of that value in your daily actions?  Most churches and Christians would say that they value evangelism but there’s really no action to say it genuinely is a value.  We spend all of our time with Christians, we have minimal contact with unbelievers, and we are not actively cultivating relationships with people far from God.  How can we say we really value evangelism when there is no behavior in our lives that says we love the lost?

Mobilization is a call to awaken and activate your church to plan, prepare, and then move into action.  There are three areas to consider determining where your church is and where your church needs to begin.  First, maybe you need to mobilize to become healthy.  You must face the reality that your church is not well, sick, or maybe even on life support waiting for the plug to be pulled.  Some churches are even faced with the decision of closing and reinvesting somewhere through replanting. Getting healthy could also involve casting a new vision of simplified ministry right where you are.

Second, your church may need to mobilize your ministry.  Your church is not on the downward side of the life cycle but it does need some kind of intervention to refocus on making disciples, reproducing leaders, and multiplying churches.   The church is so busy with doing church that it has become inwardly focused and the scorecard needs to change from not only measuring what happens on the church campus to what impact the church is having in its city and community.  James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

Third, your church is healthy and you need to mobilize to multiply.  The time has come to focus on your sending capacity and develop a culture of multiplication.  Your focus is to equip, empower, and release leaders to multiply through missional engagement in new cities and communities.  Your church is not only interested in ministry but living on mission and developing leaders to live as missionaries in their zip code.

The temptation is to always default to what we know instead of what we actually do.  When churches think on their core values they will talk about how strongly they stand for the teaching and preaching of the word of God.  But it is interesting that as churches stress teaching and preaching the truth, and you should, that you are actually flipping the biblical order of the Great Commission.  It does not say teach first but rather says “go” and make disciples.  They must be taught and they must be taught correctly but if we never reach them there is no new believers who need to be taught.

Healthy churches do not just talk about what they believe but mobilize to action!  For the most part we behave in a manner consistent with our values, so if we value God’s word He says in Matthew 4:19, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”