Vanguards of a Missionary Uprising
small doors and no boats could fit through them. Unfortunately, the owner had failed to researc h
and design his strategic marketing plan before building his units and now suffered for it. His
structural limitation made the business flounder in an area with a great demand for storage. Our
group tried to develop other creative ideas, but they did not impress our professor. He gave me a
?B? in the class, a low grade in graduate school. One of my classmates boasted that he had
received an ?A.? When I asked about his recommendation to the self-storage company, he
responded with unbridled optimism that he had proposed targeting boat owners who needed to
store their boats. Neither his group nor the professor bothered to check out the structural
limitations that made their proposal ineffective in the real world. I wonder what the grumpy self-
storage owner said when he received this useless recommendation from our teacher.
Will God lead you to pioneer new structures and strategically design your mobilization? Or
will you creatively consult exiting ministries that are demobilized by structural limitations?
Perhaps you may lead a combination of both. Either way, do not let unbridled classroom
optimism sway you before investigating if existing structures limit your real-world uprising.
Regardless of whether God keeps you in the system or gives the wisdom to replace it, I challenge
you to become a spiritual activist, rather than just a social activist. Again, the debate goes on
today about whether Christian social activists should work within unjust systems or go outside
these systems to effect change. I transfer the issue of how to bring about change from social
activism to the realm of spiritual activism. In spiritual activism we ?know no man after the
flesh? but as new creations in Christ who appoints us to the status of being His ambassadors to
all nations. Always keep in mind that you are free to pioneer new structures.
M obili ze i n t he Ca mpus and Co mmunitie s
I believe you must quickly move beyond existing American Christian racialized power
structures to mobilize your revolution at the grassroots le vels in your campus or communities.
As vanguards of Christ‘s mission, avoid becoming codependent and enabling to the present
unfruitful Christian structures. Choose those that break Christian missions systems‘ racial and
class discrimination. Position yourself outside of the present power struggles between white and
black Christians. Start smaller grassroots churches and ministries designed for mobilization of
laborers without discrimination. Refocus on the potential of unchurched, future believers for
spiritual revolution, if necessary, to move outside of the structural boxes that would demobilize
you. Will you win the spiritual rights of true discipleship by stepping forward to obey Christ‘s
In the next chapter, I will explain the secret to empowering others with the same missions
privileges that will cause a true uprising of faith. I will challenge you to arise with a
transforming ambition for raising up leaders at home and abroad. Empower them with authority
to govern churches and build facilities as you leave on your quest to deploy others to do the same