Jossy Chacko leads a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached people of Asia. With a goal to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030 through the planting of churches, they are on track, averaging 11 church plants per day during 2015. Providing leadership to a team of more than 6,500 in seven countries, Jossy uses his gifts as a communicator to challenge business and spiritual leaders to capture a larger, God-size vision.
Jossy’s story: His dream was to go to Australia, make a lot of money early, raise a family and retire in Tasmania. But on his honeymoon in India, he met an eight-year-old, slum beggar boy whose story moved him – and he ended up inviting the boy to spend the next three weeks of their honeymoon with them. This experience compelled Jossy to grapple with his faith.
Parable of the Talents
The first two with whom the master entrusted more, invested their money while the third buried his.
How are we proving ourselves to be trusted with more?
God has entrusted his church with countless talents and abilities, but today the church is behaving more like the third servant. We are burying our gifts.
Where is your talent today?
Faithfulness is multiplying what you have been given, not just maintaining what you have been given.
Scripture says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” (Luke 16:10)
God expects us to enlarge what he has entrusted us with. The DNA of multiplication has been planted in us since the Garden of Eden. We were created to multiply.
3 E’S OF EXPANDING YOUR LEADERSHIP REACH
- ENLARGE YOUR VISION
The master was only pleased with the servants who had vision. He was pleased with the risk to multiply.
When people hear your vision, they should be inspired to believe for bigger and greater things. A big-enough vision is one that should keep you awake at night and energized during the day. A big-enough vision has ample space for other people to join and requires ongoing miracles. A big-enough vision is one that you know you could never achieve on your own. It is a vision sure to fail without divine involvement. Then—and only then—is it God-sized.
The goal of Empart is to see 100,000 communities transformed. People told Jossy it was impossible. Do not be confused about what people say about your vision. They have not seen nor heard what God has given you. Run after it with all your heart! Allow your horizon to get bigger and bigger.
You need to be passionate and have a living vision. It doesn’t matter how creative your vision statement is. Become a passionary – a visionary with a passion!
- EMPOWER YOUR PEOPLE
The master gives his servants money and then leaves. Sometimes empowerment backfires. Jesus knew Thomas would doubt, Peter would deny him and Judas would betray him. But he still took that chance!
Take a chance on unlikely people. Empart has a homeless man who now leads three churches.
Leaders are like scaffolding. We lay the foundation, empower and leave to go raise up the next group of leaders. More often, we are so busy working on our own projects that we’re left without capacity or room to empower others.
How can we successfully empower those we lead?
- First, focus on character.
- Second, empowerment has to come through relationship. Empowerment does not happen when you lead from the front. Empowerment only happens when you lead alongside.
- Third, you must agree on the right outcomes and processes – and measure results. An effective leader must create the right KPI’s (Kingdom Performance Indicators) and hold leaders accountable by regularly measuring progress.
At Empart, I shared our goal for 100,000 transformed communities. We have fostered so much ownership that in a recent survey, we found the total goal of all our leaders together came to 127,00 transformed communities!
- EMBRACE RISK
See risk as your friend to love, not your enemy to be feared.
The third servant was gripped by fear of losing everything, while the others were prepared to lose everything and they invested.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, so as Christians, we should be the most audacious people on earth. If God didn’t give you a spirit of fear, then who did? Give it back to the devil and embrace audacious faith in Jesus.
Don’t let the fear of losing what you have stop you from moving toward what God has for you. Quit looking at safety as essential to leadership. We try to figure everything out before taking a risk. Look at Moses. If Moses had board meetings like we have today, he would still be in Egypt.
Don’t let earthly practicalities keep you from living out heavenly possibilities. Your leadership capacity is in direct proportion to your pain threshold.
Don’t procrastinate. Pull the trigger on the things God has planted in your heart. One of Jossy’s greatest regrets is waiting to post a letter to his grandfather. When we get to eternity, don’t have any regrets.
Three things to do before going to bed tonight:
- Make a list of the dreams you want to see achieved
- Set a deadline for action
- Pick a person who will hold you accountable
It is God’s desire to expand your leadership. The world is desperately waiting for you to do so.