Church Multiplication Critic, or Critical Thinker?

Church multiplication requires labor for the harvest. We can pray for it and Jesus will do his best. But, are you doing your best? Are you a critic or a critical thinker? A judge or a heromaker?

Critical thinking and criticism are two vastly different areas of thought. The one looks for something good then tries to improve it. The other often only sees whatever is wrong then attacks the problem while often leaving wreckage in their wake.

Honey or Vinegar?

That old saw about attracting bees with honey versus vinegar comes to mind. If you want people to follow you, learn to think critically about A. Their motivation. B. Their loyalty. C. Their willingness to serve. D. How you could help them get to the next level in their output or skill. Give “points” for a willingness to serve, no matter what the outcome. I’ve found that pretty much anybody can serve the Lord somewhere, it is my job to equip them to do it as effectively as possible.

Someone Better May Not Be Better

Avoid the temptation to look for “someone better qualified” to fill a position. That person may not even exist. Besides 20 percent of the output still produces 80 percent of the results. Learn that a church, or any other organization, can function with a whole lot of 20-30 percent qualified people. I’ve found that “less-qualified” people often hold things together relationally. Those relationships don’t always show at first glance, but they are what makes a church a church.

Hold out for perfection and you may dismantle whatever God is trying to do through ordinary, flawed people.

Choosing positivity, designating heroes for extra effort and finding the, sometimes, hidden good rallies people to a cause. Sifting them for hidden gems turns away those who may be foundational to the kingdom of God.

Ditch the Clipboard

Critical people go around with a clipboard checking off the fault they find in others. Truly critical thinkers constantly analyze others for opportunities to serve them better in whatever capacity God called them. The one destroys motivation while the other motivates people to greater accomplishment.

All this comes down to ego—if you seek hero status for yourself, you probably look at others through a prism of criticism. If you are a heromaker you find ways that not-so-well-qualified people can move mountains.

A Little Inward Critical Thinking Will Help

Ask yourself: “Am I trying to impress somebody with my abilities?” “Have I become pessimistic or cynical toward the people God put around me?” “Am I doing my best to help these people do their best?”

In John 13, Jesus told a bunch of misfits and doubters (read Matthew 28:17 to see just how bad off they were) that they would do greater things than he did. Think about this—one of those “greater things” is inspiring barely qualified people to win the world. Jesus did it and he expects it of us.

Learn to add value rather than subtract people. The choice is yours.

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