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Chad Carroll

There’s not a word for it yet in recognized language.

But, what I call “Spirit sent-ibility“ is the New Testament practice of responding to the Holy Spirit’s gentle, often nuanced, influence to send the best people out into His best future for them.

Spirit sent-ibility compels church leaders, through fasting and prayer, to send out disciples in response to the Great Commission. Outside of the Spirit’s prompting, sending away our best people, whom we love, and who serve faithfully, wouldn’t happen. It requires this Spirit “sent-ibility.”

Sending looks and feels like a sacrifice with little promise of success. This process appears throughout the Book of Acts. Barnabas and Saul were sent into a season of struggle, suffering and opposition (Acts 13:2-3). Yet, in the end, we see the results and the special work they were set apart for: new leaders, new churches and new people reached in new places!

There is a cost to consider in sending out a Barnabas, Saul or their female counterparts. Yet nothing is more rewarding than seeing spiritual sons and daughters grow in their calling.

Are you open to the Holy Spirit’s sent-ibility?

This Week’s Prayer Focus [5 in 5]

Personal Prayer:

1. Ask the Lord to reveal those whom He is calling to His work and to awaken “Spirit sent-ibility” in our churches.

2. Invite the Holy Spirit to develop a deepening desire for prayer and fasting in your faith community that will help you embrace new kingdom risks.

3. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will reveal the kingdom value of spiritual sons and daughters being sent.

Foursquare Focus

4. Ask the Lord to make our business discussions at Foursquare Connection 2018 fruitful and to strengthen our future.

5. Please pray for all GO Teams and short-term missions trips being prepped and planned, that all the funding would come in, that preparations would be done and that lasting impact would be present both for the teams and those they reach.

Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own.

is the director of church multiplication for the Gateway District of The Foursquare Church; he also serves as senior pastor of Summit (Longmont Foursquare Church) in Longmont, Colo., and NorthRock Church (Thornton Foursquare Church) in Thornton, Colo.