Then, why are the laborers few?

How perplexing that there would be few laborers if the harvest were to, in fact, “be plentiful.”

Was Jesus serious or was he kidding?  Why would anyone not go for something when there seems to be so much potential?

Today, in the startup / venture capital world, there is much talk about a company’s “total addressable market” or TAM.  Simply put, it represents a company’s potential opportunity in dollar terms were it to be as successful as possible in a specific industry or category.

The bigger that TAM is, the better, since it makes it that much more worth it for investors to put in their money now.  And, there are few who start a company to go for a small TAM.

Makes sense, right?

Peculiarly, I have seen so many in the ministry world who act in the opposite way.  What they see is so much of something, like suffering, injustice, or even inconvenience, to the point that they actually refrain from doing anything about it.

We really cannot blame them for their logic is easy to follow:

Why go for more people when we are financially sustainable, take on more risk when we are finally stable, or engage in the political difficulties of the Church as an institution, when the reward is so disproportionately small?

It makes sense, then, why there would be so few workers when the harvest is so plentiful: it does not feel worth it, sometimes.

On this Labor Day, I am reminded of the fact that we in the ministry world, innovative or not, are ultimately laborers, not owners.  Our role is to do our part in faith that the inadequacy of both the efficacy and reward of our work will be redeemed by Jesus Christ into something overwhelmingly good.

Thanks always for joining me in my part of it all.

James from PASTORIA
Founder and Chief Guidance Officer

Changing the nature of the church through the nurturing of ministry innovation.