After you have spent some time building relationships among those who are on your team and any additional people who attend your meetings, the way to expand your group is to begin interfacing with people in need in your community. Although the concept of “people in need” may conjure up visions of homeless families and street evangelism, that is only one example of a need that might need to be addressed. Each community is unique, and there may be a wide variety of needs, some of which may not be readily apparent.
Aglow International is a Kingdom committed to seeing God’s will done on earth as it is in Heaven. We do this through:
- Mobilizing millions into a company of warriors, champions, and global leaders of significance.
- Establishing powerful Kingdom Communities founded on the fullness of Christ in every nation of the world.
- Empowering people to develop resources that enable them to take advantage of all that God is releasing from Heaven.
- Forming apostolic teams that demonstrate the power of Heaven in the darkest places of earth.
- Cultivating a worldwide presence that creates an atmosphere of celebration, impartation, and restoration.
Where, you might ask, do we find people to mobilize? How do we establish Kingdom communities? Where and how do we find people to empower? How do we assemble apostolic teams to demonstrate the power of Heaven? How can anyone expect us to cultivate a worldwide presence? Really?
The answer lies in the power of one — one woman or man, one team, touching one person. Jesus Christ transformed the world with a team of twelve. Surely we can do the same! First, it is vital to develop solid relationship with those in your immediate circle of influence — your family, your close friends, your Aglow team. Then you must look up and out. In John 4:35, Jesus Himself encouraged us to lift up our eyes and really see the harvest field: “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the fields ripe for harvest in your community. You might conduct a community survey or set a day or two aside for a prayer drive. The Lord will show you areas of need. Possibilities include pregnancy help centers, youth activity centers, assisted living centers, college campuses, children’s summer education programs, food pantries, second-hand clothing stores, shopping malls, homeless shelters, rehab centers, prisons, strip clubs, seedy bars or businesses, etc. The options for service and acts of kindness are endless. All people in all walks of life need a touch from the Lord of Heaven and Earth. Everyone, regardless of his or her condition, needs the unmerited kindness and goodness of the Father. Target one or two locations that especially touch your team’s heart and begin to ask God in prayer HOW He wants you to serve that segment of your community.
As you develop a method of outreach to the ministry target you believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting for your team, remember to make it reproducible and sustainable. While an all-out effort to take a meal to a homeless shelter might sound noble, it would be unrealistic to attempt such a feat regularly. Look for ideas that are simple in which you can invest for the long haul. The gifts in the people on your team will help determine the methods of outreach you choose.
Regardless of the ministry target in your community that your team chooses to pursue, it is vital that you establish your outreach on the foundation of regular, committed, focused prayer. Set a specific time aside for your team to intercede for the outreach, even if not everyone on the team participates in the outreach. Through prayer, spiritual authority is established. Through prayer, strategies are developed. Through prayer, your team will hear how the Lord wants to develop the outreach. As you launch the outreach effort and pray to sustain it, the Holy Spirit will increase His Kingdom influence in and through you and will add to your numbers.