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Activating Cross-pollination in the Body of Christ

We know that different individuals in the Body have different gifts. But have you considered that different groups within the Church in your city are stewarding different teachings that you need? God gave different people in the Body different gifts in order to unify His Body (1 Corinthians 12). When we realize we need each other we’re less likely to ignore, demean and write one another off. You may be different from me but far from being annoyed by the difference I’m happy about it because you have a strength in an area of my weakness. Needing one another and leaning on one another leads to appreciation for each other then to love for each other and ultimately to oneness in the Body.

This same dynamic works on the larger city level. There are equippers in the city I live in that do ministry exclusively in one corner of the Church in my city, but they are stewarding an equipping for the whole city (Ephesians 4:1-16). One of the greatest lies that stands in the way of our maturity is that I can receive all the equipping I need from just one or two teachers. There are some things we need to receive through a much wider and more diverse set of teachers who may operate in segments of the Church unfamiliar to you. We know God is not going to give any individual all the spiritual gifts because that would lead to independence instead of oneness. And God is not going to give one small segment of the city Church all the equippers they need because that’s not going to bring unity to the Church in the city.

This means we must venture outside of the band of teachers closest to our spiritual communities and begin to both bring in other teachers. This also means we must send our teachers to equip other parts of the Body that haven’t received the fruit of their gifting.

But how do we make this happen? Let me suggest two practical steps to activate this kind of cross-pollination.

1. Get to know other teachers in your city. We need to seek the Kingdom in our city and this includes crossing to the other side of the denominational tracks and finding fruitful equippers wherever they may be. There could be a brother or sister who lives five minutes from your house who has the key to unlock something that has been holding you back for a decade. We have a good Father who may be saying, “unless you humble yourself to receive from this person you’re not going to find freedom in that area.” He wants to give his kids a practical reason to love one another.

2. Give new teachers an equipping platform. When you find an equipper simply put a date on the calendar and invite others to come and hear them teach in your living room. Be like the Bereans who both received eagerly and tested thoroughly (Acts 17:11) In that small setting you can ask question and test what they say. If you have deeper questions about their theology meet with them ahead of time with one of the city fathers to review their talk. This is how you access spiritual meat.

Remember that Jesus is the Head of the Body. He has scattered these gifts around our city like puzzle pieces and is simply waiting for us to put the pieces together. That is when we’ll “reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)

Do you know an equipper you haven’t invited to teach yet? We need to do our part to facilitate the full maturing of the Church in our city.