The Double-G Combo of FiveTwo’s Action-Orientation (cont.)

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Last post we talked about the first G: Go.  In FiveTwo, we're about going.  Getting stuff done.  Seeking out new people.  But the going is for a purpose: Gather.  That's the second G of the Double.  And Action-Oriented is FiveTwo's #3 Value.  Pay attention.

You go so you can gather.  That's why Sacramental Entrepreneurs exist.  It's the apostolic in us coming out.  We like to go and we like to gather, especially gathering people into Jesus' Church.  Which we know isn't really us gathering.  Nah.  We're not that good.

Sacramental entrepreneurs live knowing the presence of Jesus lives in them.  So wherever I go, I’m bringing Jesus to those people.  All the power of the Holy Spirit and all of the grace and mercy of Jesus are present for me to give.  The relationships I form with them ultimately lead to my heart which loves Jesus, adores Jesus and can’t help but speak of Jesus.

So whenever I go and wherever I go, I’m constantly gathering people to Jesus as I gather people to me.   I don’t want them to just get to know Bill Woolsey; I want them to meet Jesus.  Because He’s who’s a the center of Bill Woolsey. 

Ultimately I’m not just inviting them to help start a church or launch a business or improve a neighborhood, I’m inviting them to meet God-in-the-flesh who empowers me, graces me, and provides a purpose for my life – your life – that is infinitely better than anything I could ever have imagined.

Starting Isn't a Solo Sport

So gathering is key b/c it’s how people meet Jesus.  But it’s also critical b/c starting ministries or businesses; improving communities or planting churches, those are not solo sports.  They may originate in the heart of one person but they live out only when they live in the hearts of many.  Get that?  A vision embraced by only one heart is only a dream.  For it to become a reality, many hearts must own it.

God may have given you the vision for this new endeavor, but if you do not gather people around that vision, it will remain but a dream.

Keep in mind that gathering begins when you lay out just exactly who you need on the team.  What gifts are necessary to pull this off?  What people have I met while going who have the gifts this vision calls for?  There are definite planning components that go into gathering.  But ultimately, if I’m going to gather, I have to ask.  I have to invite people to join.

Remember also, especially in the early stages, to gather leaders.  Leaders exponentially expand your efforts b/c leaders not only have followers; they also know how to get things done.  Someone once told me: “Leaders know what needs to be done; why it needs to be done; and how to gather the resources to make it happen.”  What leaders am I gathering around my cause?

One reality check before closing: going and gathering is not a one-shot deal.  It’s not just one day a week.  It’s a little going, a little gathering, every day, every week so that my movement multiplies into momentum that moves way beyond me.

In FiveTwo, we’re action-oriented.  We take action.  We get stuff done.  We go and gather so that God’s kingdom grows across geographies and generations for eternity.


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The Double-G Combo of FiveTwo’s Action-Orientation

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

We have scrambled through FiveTwo's first two values and their corresponding behaviors. Hark!  Value #3 beckons: Action-Oriented. This seems redundant at first glance, since all values result in behaviors. “So tell me, Bill, why cut this action value out from the rest of the herd?”  (Wow, you speak great cowboy!)

Action-oriented is our value #3 in FiveTwo because there is a particular type of person we’re seeking and a particular type of action that person takes.  Let’s start with the person we’re after.

Sacramental & Entrepreneurial

FiveTwo’s dream is to find, sharpen and start 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs in the next 30 years, resulting in a movement of spiritual communities that create baptized followers of Jesus from lost people. FiveTwo desires to raise up passionate leaders of all gifts and types, but our major focus is find, sharpen and start 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs. These sacramental entrepreneurs will be catalytic, prone to decisive and quick action. 

If this is you, you want to start something that reaches people outside of Jesus’ kingdom, and you want to do it in a way that lives out the presence of Jesus ongoing.  You believe He’s really present in baptism and the Lord’s Supper for you.  And he’s also really present in you for the world.  So you want to start something that gives legs to that belief for generations to come.

Here's a brief list of your makeup:  You focus on foundations (values, behaviors, language and culture); you're theologically deep but future oriented; you're sent…and enjoy going; you take a long view of geographies and generations; you start from scratch; you're constantly going.

If that’s you, then here’s a Double-G swing thought for your action today.

The Double-G: Go & Gather

Your charge: Go & Gather.  Get off your duff, go see someone, and invite them into your cause.  Go and gather.

Two questions tag along with that charge: Where am I going today?  And, who am I gathering today?  Go: Where am I going?  Gather: Who am I gathering.

Let’s unpack Go first:

Go means you’re doing something outside of your reach, beyond your little world, past the walls of your office or building.  If you’re leading an urban effort, go means you walk the streets, get to know the owner of the corner grocery and the lady who runs the bakery.  You have “visible” currency. 

It also means you reach out.  You send an email or a text, pick up the phone.  Visit them in their work place.  Actually when you visit them where they work, that also hits our other core value of “Respect for all.”  When I come and see where you work, when I spend time watching you do your thing, I’m getting to know your story and understand what makes you tick.  I’m entering into your world and meeting someone I wouldn’t have met were I back at home.

Go means you study for a while but ultimately, you take action.  You’re in motion.  You’re not holed up all day reading a book about making disciples; you’re going so that you can make disciples.  You’re going to effect change and create momentum.

You’re going so that you can gather.  Which is where I'll pick up next post.


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