For the past few months the Lord has really been teaching me about MEGA GIFTS. This journey began when I started studying a Top Ten list of child prodigies. One of the things that stuck out on this list is that none of the great men and women were born with something abnormal. They were born with the same measure of gifting as me.. but what made them great is that their gifts were invested into at an early age. The difference between GREAT and MEDIOCRE is cultivation. Great gifts go through a more strenuous process than regular gifts. Well not only are there MEGA GIFTS, but there are also MEGA GRACES, MEGA CITIES, and MEGA CHURCHES or MEGA HOUSES.
Mark 4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
Mark 4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
Mark 4:32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
In Luke it says it like this..
Luke 13:19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
The greek word for “great tree” is MEGA DENDRON. These are the types of Houses that are arising in the Earth today.. they are what I call MEGA DENDRONs or MEGA HOUSES. The word “Mega Church” is not foreign to us in the United States, and has become very normal over the past 30 years worldwide. The term “mega church” has come to be known as a church with 2000 and plus members. I believe that this definition is incomplete. I believe that numerical growth and quantity is very important to the impact of a city, but this can NOT be all a church has. I have heard Prophet Kevin Leal say that if God didn’t care about numbers, why would he have a whole book in the Bible called Numbers. MEGA DENDRONS will be churches of great size, but what will make them “mega” is their IMPACT. Now let’s define the word mega. Mega means large as in capacity. When we deal with capacity we are dealing with how much something can hold. The size of a church’s hard-drive must be measured, especially in the areas of leadership development, cultural engagement, and quality of revelation. How much can your church hold? Many churches want thousands of members, but can you hold thousands of members. Your capacity must be increased. Mega also means great in stature, excellence and of the highest rank. MEGA DENDRONs are high ranking churches in the spirit. They are churches of authority and spiritual warfare and usually are very militant.
Luke says that MEGA DENDRONs start with a seed. Luke 8:11, the seed is the word of God. So mega houses first and foremost are word churches. These are not cults. Mega churches have no place in “off brand” Christianity. Mega Houses must have a strong foundation in Christian doctrine and adhere to it. These churches are strong on doctrine but move by revelation. These are not houses that are stuck in a time-warp. These are cutting edge churches that understand how to make doctrine applicable and doable. Mega Houses are churches that desire the entire counsel of God. They do NOT major on certain doctrines, but fight hard to present a balanced and sound message of the Kingdom of God. Mark 4:31 says that this seed was planted. So this seed is not just the word of God, but the Church itself. The fact that the seed was planted means that it was appointed a certain location. Mega Houses are very careful about where they are planted. Every seed does not grow everywhere. Orange seeds do NOT grow in Ohio. Luke says that this seed was placed in a garden. The garden is the place of order. MEGA DENDRONS are houses of apostolic order. This is the only way a church can grow to have major impact. Order will be evident in a MEGA DENDRON. People will know their proper place and their particular assignment. We all know that when a seed is sown, in order for it to produce, it must die.
John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Mega Houses are churches that have totally died to certain things. If you are going to be a MEGA HOUSE you must die to self gain, perverted ambition, and blurred vision. We have to die to our will, our goals and objectives. What we think is important must die and the goal of the Kingdom of God must become manifest. Luke 13:19 says “IT GREW”. Mega Houses GROW. We have to stop making excuses for a lack of excellence and growth. If your church is not growing something is wrong. “Well I am not called to everybody”.. well if the people you are called to are only you and three other people, then most likely you weren’t called. Growth is a sign of life. Something that is not growing is dying. Mega Houses are always growing in both number and in spiritual maturity. Not only did it grow, but Mark says that it became better than all the herbs. Herbs are used to both heal and season. These two dimensions must be present in Mega Churches: the ability to heal and influence. We must heal our cities and influence our sectors. Mega Houses are churches of influence. You can NOT be a MEGA DENDRON and the city not know you are there. Luke then says “it waxed a great tree” (Luke 13:19), or it became a MEGA DENDRON. GREAT HOUSES are not grown overnight, it takes time. You may not have the characteristics of a great tree now, but if that is what you desire.. KEEP GARDENING!!!
Mark 4:32 ..and shooteth out great branches..
This deals with the reach of the Mega Church. Mega Churches are houses with very strong ministries. These houses raise apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to impact their community and the nations. The dynamic of the evangelist is very important to the MEGA DENDRON. Great Houses are churches of power evangelism. They will stop at nothing to win the lost. But when the lost come, they have the ministries needed to build people to reach their full potential.. now this is a MEGA CHURCH. Its a place of connectivity. Mega Churches stress involvement and fellowship. These houses see commissioning and sending out as a top priority. Luke says that the fowls of the air will lodge in branches, while Mark says under the shadow. Branches again speak of ministry, while shadow speaks of protection.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches… When people come to Mega Churches they must find a place in the branches, this is where life flows. When someone joins a Mega Church and does not get plugged in, they will feel disconnected and never receive what they need to grow. This is one of the reason why many do NOT like mega churches. Mega Churches are usually churches that place a great emphasis on attendance, because this is the only way the ensure that you are getting what you need. Mark says that these fowl will come under the shadow of this great tree. This deals with the aspect of covering. Great Houses are usually apostolic centers of covering. They place a great deal of attention to the ministry of Fathers. Great Houses are domains of Fathers. Hirelings usually do NOT have mega churches. It takes a Father to build a GREAT HOUSE. Great trees provide covering and protection to smaller trees and herbs. They become an apostolic network or hub for kingdom advancement. MEGA DENDRONS are usually Antioch Churches. They are places of spiritual maneuvering. They map out city strategies for churches. Now when we deal with Churches, I believe that there are 5 talents churches, 2 talent churches and 1 talent Churches.
Matt. 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Matt. 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Now we know that the one with 5 talents made 10, and 2 made 4, and the one with 1, he buried his and ended up having it taken away from him and given to someone who had the capacity to see it multiply. MEGA DENDRONS are 5 talent churches. 5 is the number of grace.. these churches have MEGA GRACE.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
In MEGA DENDRONS everyone in the House has MEGA GRACE. 5 talent churches know how to manage gifts. They do not hide or sit on gifts in the house. These churches have a strong passion to see gifts raised up in power. Mega Churches usually have several tracks established to get people who believe they have been called to particular ministries from point A to point B. These are places of special miracles. They are training houses. They are equipping houses. 5 talent churches do not settle for inactive members.
Now 2 talent churches can manage gifts, but their capacity is small. They are usually houses of hard work but lack excellence in presentation. They are houses of programs not prayer. They are houses with great marketing but low in miracles. These houses CAN become 5 talents houses, but they will have to become unbound by cultural limitations to reach a much broader community.
Then there are 1 talent houses. These are churches that do NOT know how to handle gifts. Many in churches like these are never discovered and lay dormant for years. These house are big on evangelism, but have no system of integration. They couldn’t train a dog. These churches tend to be very small and have an aversion towards larger ministries. These are house where the pastor does everything, and this is seen as a good thing. 1 talents houses have revivals every week but the church never grows. They are usually deeply denominational and are older in terms of the age of their members.
What type of church do you go to? Are you apart of a 5 talent, 2 talent, or 1 talent house? Are you a pastor and desire to do MEGA THINGS but have a minor staff? MEGA DENDRON ministry is HIGH IMPACT ministry. But remember, they do not grow overnight, and they do NOT grow on accident. Nothing grows on accident. In the 21st century, especially in urbanized areas, these are the churches that are going to influence our cities.. HIGH IMPACT CHURCHES. We must grow mega dendrons, great trees where our cities can be healed and find protection. There is so much more we can say, please SUBSCRIBE to our blog and comment. We are currently building a MEGA DENDRON and we need your help. We would love for you to partner with us in prayer and in finances. You can go and give at www.embassychurchatl.com If you are in the Atlanta area, come join our team and we SHAKE THE CITY of ATLANTA. For more info: http://www.embassychurchatl.com
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