According to Jesus, if there’s a lack of harvest, it’s not because the harvest is especially difficult, it’s due to lack of workers.
The harvest is great but the laborers are few. (Luke 10:2)
Jesus’ solution? We pray for workers for the harvest. These workers are not only existing Christians, but also those who don’t yet know the Lord. However, in the church, we often sideline half the workers for the harvest—the female half. Their engagement in the harvest is limited to inviting their friends to attend church with them. (I recognize this is often true for the men too.)
If we truly want to see great harvest, then women need to take on roles usually assigned to men. They need to make disciples and baptize them, to teach and train, to start churches, to give Communion, to strategize and plan for the harvest.
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I especially like “These workers are not only existing Christians, but also those who don’t yet know the Lord.” One of the core principles of our mission philosophy is to bring those who do not yet know the Lord but have expressed an interest in the things of God, on mission, with us…
We don’t have the gender issue, as our harvest and it’s workers are equally proportioned between the sexes. But, that was more God’s design than something we tried to do.
Thanks, Miguel. I believe that if the Lord was given free rein, what you describe would be more frequently seen.