I remember well my last Sunday at North Heights Lutheran Church. I had just finished my senior year in high school and was on my way to a Discipleship Training School associated with YWAM (Youth With a Mission). I knelt at the railing where my parents and the pastor laid hands on me and commissioned me for this new adventure. At the time, I believed I was just going to be gone for the five-month DTS and then return home to Minnesota to pursue my journalism degree. I didn’t really have a heart for the nations, but I recall my parents saying to me at that railing, “Just be open and see where Jesus leads.”
As I began my DTS, we were asked to choose groups based around societal spheres. These were small groups focused around the family, the church, government, education, media, art/entertainment, or business. With where I believed I was headed, I chose the media group.
We met twice a week in our media group to intercede for leaders in that area of society, learn more about it, and prayerfully consider strategies the Lord might share with us to serve people within that field. As an eighteen year old, I was gaining a new vantage point. It began to shape how I viewed the Jesus blueprint and the world around me. Whether I became a television broadcaster, or a missionary, or something else in the years following, I realized that I could actively participate in making disciple-makers to live and lead in the ways of God within society.
What I didn’t realize was how this thinking around the spheres came about. In the mid-1970’s, God impressed on several leaders a new thought—that nations can be reached through impacting their various spheres of influence. Different leaders from different backgrounds had this same impression from the Lord: Loren Cunningham, Bill Bright, and Francis Schaeffer. As I participated in my DTS, I began to see the value of each person’s unique calling and role within society. I saw how people could be treated honorably and effectively served through each sphere, thus glorifying God. It also offered what would become a lifelong framework for me to view vocations through the lens of disciple-making.
- What Societal Spheres do you see?
- Where has God planted you?
- What is God’s heart for the Sphere in which you serve?
- How can you partner with Him in praying for people within your Sphere?
[Coming next week: “Windows, pt. 3: Impacting our Culture through the Dozen Domains”]
*taken from The Jesus Blueprint by Dave Buehring. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.