Your network could be the key to your next harvest. Do you have a barrier that your groups ministry keeps hitting? Is there a specific problem that you’re having trouble solving? Have you leveraged your network in response to the resistance you’re experiencing?
In Luke 5:1-6, Peter and his fellow fishermen had been working hard all day and hadn’t caught any fish. Their efforts were fruitless and they had given up. Jesus said to Peter, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” As soon as Peter threw out his nets the Bible says they caught such a great number of fish that they had to signal to their partners in the other boat to help them with the massive haul.
The first step Peter had to make could be the first step you need to take in order to see a greater harvest in your ministry: Throw out your nets.
Take your obstacle, difficulty or barrenness and throw your network at it. Have a list of small group pastors’ emails and phone numbers that you can unleash on your problem.
This will require some humility and vulnerability on your part. Don’t be afraid to share with others what ministry struggles you are facing. Don’t be too prideful to admit you can use some help.
You will also need to ask a handful of direct questions. Be specific and ask a lot of them. The right question or questions can unlock the value of your network that you wouldn’t discover otherwise.
Lastly, you will need to be a generous contributor to your network as well. Before Peter’s epic catch the Bible says the fishermen were washing their nets. They didn’t neglect their nets but maintained them with attention and care. If you want to be a benefactor of your network, you will need to have a willing heart to add value to it and help others when you can. Don’t withhold your best ideas from your network in competition or in fear of someone else getting credit for “your” idea. Have a kingdom heart and an abundance mindset. Every time I share one of my best ideas with someone I believe I am sowing a seed that God will return to me with 5 or 10 better ideas in the future.
Have you begun to build a kingdom network? What is the quality of your kingdom network? What are the are questions you need to ask your network? How can you care for your network and add value to it?
Remember, Peter’s business trial turned into a classic Fish Tale because he threw his nets at his problem.