Did you hear about the man who cut his hand and went to the emergency room of the local hospital? In the waiting room, he saw two doors. One said, “Men,” and the other said, “Women.”
He walked through the door marked, “Men,” and soon saw two more doors. One was marked, “Over 55,” and the other, “Under 55.” Since he was in his 40’s he opened the door marked, “Under 55.”
As he continued walking, he saw two more doors. One had a sign, “Over belt,” and the other, “Under belt.” As he walked through the door, “Over belt,” he saw two other doors, “Internal” and “External.” Since his was an external injury, he went through that door.
With the blood soaking through his temporary, home-made bandage, he kept walking until he saw two more doors. One was marked, “Major,” and the other, “Minor.” Compared to other kinds of physical problems, he figured the cut on his hand was a minor injury, so he went through that door.
Didn’t they help you?” He replied, “No, but they sure are well-organized.
Upon walking through that door, he found himself in the hospital parking lot, not far from where he had parked his car. He got into his car and went home. Looking at his blood-soaked bandage, his wife asked, “Didn’t they help you?” He replied, “No, but they sure are well-organized.”
And so it can be with the church. Great organization won’t, by itself, produce an accomplished mission. Our mission is Connecting People to God and to One Another. That is what God has called us to do and we are committed to being as organized as we can possibly be to pull it off. But organization alone won’t make it happen. We have to do it!
The mission of the church is clear. JESUS said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Loren Cunningham, founder of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) said, “You’re either a missionary or a mission field.” You’re either reaching people for Christ or one of the people who needs to be reached for Christ.
We are unequivocally committed to the mission God has given us and want to be more organized and more excellent in doing what He has called us to do. But our concern is not more organization. Our concern is more effectiveness. We want to reach more people than ever before. But how could we possibly do it better than ever before?
With you helping us!
© 2019. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.