WLGBC Implementation of the Agricultural Metaphor
Out Planting is the term WLGBC uses to refer to evangelism based on the New Testament picture of agriculture. The picture presents an organic/natural approach where Christ-followers engage not-yet-believers in their normal activities in their everyday world. This approach is relational and conversational.
The New Testament lists three essential agriculture elements in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9.
1. Field - A field is where you have contact with not-yet-believers. WLGBC identifies four kinds of fields:
- On-going fields - People you see on a regular basis; for example, every day at work or in the neighborhood.
- Periodic fields - People you see once-in-a-while: weekly, monthly or quarterly; for example, clients, patients and customers or clerks, attendants and servers.
- Momentary fields - People you see for a short period of time: clerks in a store, cashiers in the check-out line or servers in a restaurant.
- Social media fields - Facebook, Global Media Outreach, e-mails, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedi--people literally at your fingertips worldwide.
2. Seed - In the New Testament there are two kinds of seed that need to be planted into the lives of people in your fields:
- Believers are seed, Matthew 13:37-38
- Word of God is seed, Matthew 13:19; Mark 4:14; Luke 8:11
3. Water - The “PR” method of watering seed:
- Prayer, Ephesians 1:18
- Relationships – Contact and conversations
Out Planting Teammates
A mobilization strategy mobilizing fellow Christ-followers (regardless of church affiliation) in On-going and Periodic Fields (work, neighborhood, service organization, club, restaurant, sports team, etc.) to band together to be salt and light.
Five ways to look at Out Planting Teammates:
- A relationship between 2-3 disciples of Jesus practicing a loving lifestyle of grace-based truth in a non-religious place.
- A small disciple-making community located outside the local-church congregation.
- A group of 2-3 Christ-followers who covenant together to display God’s glory through actions and words in order to bridge into the lives of co-workers with the good news of Jesus.
- A group of 2-3 followers of Jesus intentionally radiating the love of God in a secular context.
- A “missionary” team where you work.