At the Bishop’s Retreat last week, I was reminded about a particular verse that’s held an important place in my heart since the beginning of my Christ-following journey.

When I was a junior in college, having just transferred to a Christian college to pursue training for my call to leadership in ministry, I remember the instructor discussing John 15.16 in a class called, “Introduction to Evangelism.” Here’s the part of the verse that challenges and encourages me …

You did not choose me. I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last.

This statement by Jesus is a good reminder that the ministry to which I’ve been called isn’t about me. It’s not even my ministry, but God’s. It’s also a good reminder that God calls me to be fruitful.

As we begin our journey through the Five Practices, a focus on practices of *fruitful* congregations, this statement by Jesus takes on even greater significance for me. God has chosen us, and he sends us out to bear fruit, fruit that will last!

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