Toxic Isolation & the Prevailing Church  

Posted by Mike Sharrow

At the recently Global Leadership Summit in Teguc 460+ leaders from the region gathered together for the first time around the campfire of Kingdom leadership. The reaction to the high caliber content was as expected and similar to what we see in the States - awe, overwhelmed with the significant implications, excitement, renewal, etc...

What impacted me was the shock leaders experienced from gaining broader awareness of each other. There were dozens of leaders from churches trying to tackle the world solo and struggling to comprehend how they could be the "hope of the world" in a city of 1,000,000+ people. Most of the churches - whether large or small - were unaware of each other, each others ministry initiatives, or the broader work happening in the city. Islands unto themselves, whether balmy or struggling, they were isolated.

Isolation in Christ is toxic. It leads us to think small, fear much, underestimate the force and power God is working in this world, overestimate the challenge and grow anemically self-sufficient. When a leader suddenly realizes God is moving His Body of more than 50,000 in this city there is a sudden rush of boldness and confidence at what God is really capable of!

This is not just a global issue, though. Certainly, the local church is handicapped within a region when operating as a solo cowboy brigade for the Kingdom. Individually we encounter the same thing, though. We reduce the Way of Christ to a singular journey quietly played out apart from community. We miss the interdependency of the Body, fail to receive and give in a Kingdom way that leads to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts...we miss an adventure, glimpses of victorious battles won against the darkness, we miss...the Hand of God moving in ways we cannot even comprehend!

Are you engaged in the Kingdom life? are you living it alone? are you reaching out in community? As a community are you reaching out to the broader Body (big C church) around you? Are we prevailing against the very gates of Hell!?

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3 thoughts and responses

Did the sparrow fly south for the winter?

December 19, 2008 at 7:21 AM
Anonymous  

I've heard it rumored that Alaskan Sparrows winter in Costa Rica...part of the long-term migration path.

December 22, 2008 at 8:55 PM

What an awesome post! Thanks so much for the insight and challenge.
It REALL SPOKE TO MY HEART!

December 27, 2008 at 4:44 PM

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