One of the things recently (again!) pressed on my heart is the need to find John Knox-style champions for individual places.It’s the crying need of the future: someone who will say, “Give me x [Scotland!] lest I die!” How do we find Knoxians? Here are some potential “indicators” we might be able to use to narrow the search pattern.
- They have a vision of God’s heart for the nations and for specific places, and champion that place/people to others
- They are people-oriented team-builders (whether extroverts or introverts, they remain team builders)
- They have an apostolic bent “beyond the borders” of the existing church - “go where the Gospel is not”
- They are concerned for “all” not “some” in an area - the idea of scalability, getting to 100%
- They have an eye for barriers that must be crossed, whether linguistic, social, economic, cultural, political
- They are resilient, ready to endure, run the race, with an idea that the race will be long
- They are learners and discerners, constantly experimenting, learning, listening, teachable
- They are planners and goal setters, ready to hold themselves accountable, measuring and optimizing themselves
- They are ready to plant something that grows beyond them - humble, no credit, “I must decrease” types
- Last, but not least (perhaps should be higher on the list) - they execute, they are willing to do the work.
We are hunting for needles in haystacks.
Who knows people with these kinds of bents? I’m looking for you!