ORGANIC VS ORGANIZED

May 27, 2014
13. Organic Vs Organized

Gather me a group of sacramental leaders, especially younger ones, and within five minutes I can start a fight. All I have to do is diss “organic.”

I’m not talking Whole Foods. Or Sprouts. I’m talking organic as in Church. As in anti-programmatic. As in “We need to let the Spirit lead and allow discipleship to happen, to just be part of everyday life. We can’t force it.” Which I agree with: justification and sanctification are both the work of the Spirit of Jesus, and discipleship should be daily, interwoven into all of life.

But it sometimes appears those fawning over organic have forgotten how organized the world – down to it’s atomic level – is. Not to mention that organized people-structures, properly done, actually allow for more people to get involved. The gift of administration contributes involvement to the Body.


Organized people-structures allow for more people to get involved. @five2 #sacramental
Click To Tweet


Sidebar for a second: I’ve often wondered if the aversion to “large church” is simply a lack of appreciation for or possession of administrative gifts. Effective leaders need not possess the ability to organize, but they dare not neglect its value. Said Paul, “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?” (1 Corinthians 12:17)

Therefore, organic is organized, or else it tends to peter out; and organized, if it isn’t organic, creates disciple shells that lack substance. Like a meatless taco. Any effective, long-term discipleship process will have structure and routine, co-mingled with rhythms and flexibility. Organic and organized.

Double that for movements, especially the movement FiveTwo is hoping to ignite.

We know that unless the Spirit of Jesus blesses our work and focuses our steps, ours will be a short-lived flash in the pan. So we remain flexible before Him, sensing the doors He’s opening and praying for discernment and courage. We have a dream for what we hope He brings about through our efforts, but we know ultimately He will dictate the future. His sovereignty brings us great comfort even as we toil.


God’s sovereignty brings us great comfort even as we toil into the unknown. @five2 #sacramental
Click To Tweet


But we also know that for the organic to take off, to grow into something larger than just the nine original planters, larger than the 40 Locals in existence, larger than the 800+ sacramental leaders we’re expecting in September…for something larger to happen, purposeful structure is also needed.

That’s where the Locals – and especially the Catalysts – come in.

Every FiveTwo Local has at least one Local Catalyst. He or she is like some fire starter that helps the kindling turn into a blaze.

Here’s what the job description says: The Local Catalyst is FiveTwo’s “man on the ground,” encouraging and equipping replication-minded sacramental leaders (staff & lay) to multiply the Church in their metropolitan area. The critical role of the catalyst dictates we pay attention to how she is selected and supported in the movement. We have to balance both the organic and the organized.

When I re-read the above description of the Local Catalyst, a couple things jump out.

First, Catalysts encourage.

Seriously: If you could depict the emotions you encounter while leading a ministry, “isolated” and “discouraging” would be your Rorschach answers. Too often we have no on we can turn to who brings that much-needed encouragement and hope.

That’s why we created the role of catalyst. Capital E Encourager. Which leads to Capital C Courage.


Capital E Encourager leads to Capital C Courage. @five2 #sacramental
Click To Tweet


Second, Catalysts equip. How are you going to accomplish the three goals that FiveTwo is chasing? What skills do you wish you had as you lead in your vocation? Which ones need sharpening? Your Local Catalyst wants to help you find the knowledge and people you need, AND, he wants to help share your knowledge and skill with others in the network.

The Catalyst encourages and equips. He’s a giant people connector.

Third, Catalysts pour into leaders. She’s leader of leaders or developer of leaders. Not as a supervisor but rather as someone who truly cares and desires your growth and development for the sake of more people knowing Jesus. He knows that the more he helps you make a difference, the more he’s going to grow himself. But the heart of these relationships is that there would be someone on the ground, in a community, who is investing noticeable time and energy into making the people around him more effective in their ministry to lost people.

If a catalyst is effective, every person connected to the local will be more effective.

That sounds out of balance – If the catalyst is pouring into the people in his local, who pours into the catalyst? Ah, structure and organization rear their beautiful heads. FiveTwo relies heavily on a small group of highly developed sacramental entrepreneurs that we call the national catalysts. Every single local catalyst is connected to a national catalyst.

These national catalysts do the very same things for the local catalysts that the local catalysts do in their local. Think about it like this: The national catalysts pour into the local catalysts. The local catalysts pour into the members of their community, their local. It’s organic, and it’s built on relationship.

Relationship is the bond that holds those different people together for the sake of advancing the movement we are calling FiveTwo. It’s organic life on life. And it’s organized and structured. This gives us the best chance for effectiveness across the board, in managing this Holy Spirit wind.

Want to be a Local Catalyst? Contact us and we’ll lead you through the process to discern if God is calling you to this apostolic role.

The FiveTwo Local is where FiveTwo will make the maximum impact. We’re pumped about what’s already happened, but we know there’s still more to come. Are you in?

BY BILL WOOLSEY

Meet Jesus: A 40 Day Devotional And Small Group Study (Bundle of 15)
Meet Jesus: A 40 Day Devotional And Small Group Study (Bundle of 15)

Meet Jesus is a 40-day devotional for your personal growth in Christian faith and includes a 6-session small group study so that you may grow in faith in Jesus with others.

CONTACT US

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Are you the type of person who is ready to start something new?
Take the self-assessment quiz now!

 

We’re looking for people – Pioneers – from all walks of life who will GO … START NEW … LEAD ministries and businesses with Kingdom impact.

This simple quiz is a powerful tool to help you see if YOU are a Pioneer.

The quiz may tell you something new; often it confirms what you suspected all along: you are a Pioneer!

It takes just a minute or two to answer the 7 simple questions.

TAKE THE QUIZ NOW!

  • Are you a starter?
    Have you ever started a Bible study, business, neighborhood group, sports team?
    *Pick a number from 1 to 7, 1 meaning "Not a trait" and 7 "Most definitely a trait"
  • Are you the kind of person who likes to be out and about?
    Do you enjoy different environments, settings and cultures?
    *Pick a number from 1 to 7, 1 meaning "Not a trait" and 7 "Most definitely a trait"
  • Do you often find yourself discontented with the status quo?
    Have you changed jobs frequently? Are you dissatisfied with the ways things currently are?
    *Pick a number from 1 to 7, 1 meaning "Not a trait" and 7 "Most definitely a trait"
  • Do you like exploring new things?
    Do you like to meet new people? Do you always seem to be one of the first with a new phone? Do you embrace new ideas or concepts or technologies?
    *Pick a number from 1 to 7, 1 meaning "Not a trait" and 7 "Most definitely a trait"
  • Are you a problem solver?
    Are you undaunted by chaos or uncertainty? Do you look for solutions rather than being overwhelmed by problems?
    *Pick a number from 1 to 7, 1 meaning "Not a trait" and 7 "Most definitely a trait"
  • Do your friends think you’re opinionated?
    Are you a passionate person, perhaps even overpowering sometimes? Are you winsome and able to convince others of your point of view?
    *Pick a number from 1 to 7, 1 meaning "Not a trait" and 7 "Most definitely a trait"
  • Are you the kind of person who likes to take charge?
    Do you like responsibility? Would you rather design your own program than follow someone else’s?
    *Pick a number from 1 to 7, 1 meaning "Not a trait" and 7 "Most definitely a trait"
  • Get Your Quiz Results Now … See What’s Next!

    Thanks for taking the quiz! It’s time to learn more
    about your potential to start a new ministry or Christ-centered business!
    Provide the information below, then click or tap on “See Your Results”
  • FiveTwo does not sell or trade your information. We WON’T SPAM you!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

RETURN POLICY

Print Books

We understand that you may wish to return a book for any number of reasons. We accept returns shipped to us within 60 days of the purchase date. Please note that if you are returning books, they must be unused in order to receive a refund.

Please send the return to:
FiveTwo Network
ATTN: Returns
PO Box 644
Buchanan Dam, TX 78609
USA

Please include a short note, that includes your order number, explaining the reason for your return.

Once we receive your return, we will promptly issue a refund to the account with which you placed the order.

We do ask that you please understand that shipping fees will not be reimbursed. Our return policy does allow for a refund for the item cost. Please note that if you are returning books, they must be unused in order to receive a refund.

E-books

We are unable to accept returns for e-books and downloadable PDFs. If you have difficulty downloading an e-book or pdf please contact us at info@fivetwo.com.