Passing It On

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Another goal in the presentation of these six principles is that they will be passed on to others through teaching.  More than just helping church leaders in their search for revival, these principles can be taught to the church on both the local and national levels.  By doing this, several things are accomplished:

  • First, we reveal the fact that there is, in fact, a plan for the harvest, and that we in leadership are committed to adhering to that plan.  Also, by emphasizing that the principles are Bible-based ones, we attest to our dedication to remaining scriptural in all that we do.  The trial and error method of church building may have worked for some, but in general, it leaves the members wondering if the leaders really know what they are doing. 
  • The principles help to define our responsibility, and consequently, the authority that goes with it.  This helps the general membership to better understand the burden and zeal displayed by truly inspirational leaders.  More than just having “fiery preachers,” the saints will realize that the fire exists for a specific purpose.
  • By teaching these principles we instill confidence in the membership concerning the revival.  We can state emphatically (and biblically) that revival is a present reality and that we will be part of it!  It will help to prove that this kind of sound and scripture-based leadership can be trusted in taking the church in the right direction. 
  • By directing the majority of the believers toward the same goals, we promote true unity.  This kind of unity is found when people are moving together in the same direction and working together toward the accomplishment of a common objective.  This helps to establish a strong team spirit, one that benefits both the team and the players on the team. 
  • A clear presentation of these principles helps the church membership to see their potential parts in the overall plan.  This in turn inspires individuals to strive for more and more consecration to the will of God working in them and through them.  As church growth starts to be realized, members should be able to see that new and expanding opportunities are opening up for them in spiritual ministry.
  • The principles, when taught and implemented in a church, show future church planters that the principles are more than just theoretical, they are viable.  As these new leaders leave the home congregation to start new works, they will carry with them proven principles that will help them plant the new crop on good ground. 
  • Finally, by teaching these principles, we provide a framework of accountability for the leadership.  We are stating what we will be responsible for overseeing, the boundaries of those responsibilities, and what we expect from the leaders that work with us in this great commission. 


About Jim Poitras

Enlisiting, educating, equipping, empowering, and encouraging members, ministers, and missionaries in apostolic global missions. Director of Education/AIM