This article is contributed by Viloane Ko, NP-SIM-TP Nav staff, who shared about the CORE during our recent Labourers’ Day on 21 July at The Navigators Singapore Office.
What Are We Called For?
The Navigator Calling is a mission or assignment given to us as the Navigators, and that is to advance his Kingdom through spiritual generations of disciple-makers—the intentional investment of our time and effort into someone else’s life, who will also do the same. It is to walk alongside a person we lead to Christ and mutually encourage like-minded believers to mature in faith, to see them multiply their life too!
Origins of Generational Missions
The origin of the Navigator work began in 1933 with Dawson Trotman, a truck driver, and Les Spencer, a 20-year old sailor. Following what Christ taught in Matthew 13:31,32, Les was a seed Dawson was planting. One day, when Dawson and Les were having fellowship, Dawson shared the gospel clearly and confidently with a security guard who happened by them. Les yearned to do what Dawson just did, and from then on Dawson invested his life and the Word into Les.
Months later, when Les brought a fellow sailor, Gurney Harris, to Dawson to be taught as he was taught, he was surprised at Daws’ rejection. Les was instructed instead, “You’re going to give to this man what I’ve been giving to you. If you can’t give to Gurney what I’ve given to you, then I have failed.” Although he felt inadequate, this awakened Les to the concept of spiritual parenting and to be responsible for the spiritual well-being of his offspring. The idea of reproducing reproducers thus materialised—believers who had been helped into spiritual maturity would have to do the same for their spiritual children! In the years to come, this established the foundation for spiritual generations.
How do we fathom God’s heart for such generations? Let’s have a quick biblical overview of generations in the whole bible:
- God of the Old Testament is a missionary God with a generational vision. The genealogy of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Judah suggest His interest in physical generations and the call to see them becoming fruitful and multiplying (see Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 35:10-12; Joshua 1:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:10-12).
- Jesus in the New Testament is a missionary Christ with a generational vision. Jesus discipled Peter, James and John and saw to the fruitfulness of spiritual generations (see Matthew 1:1-17; Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:6-19).
- The Holy Spirit is a missionary Spirit with a generational vision. In Acts and the epistles, we see Paul discipling Timothy, Titus and Philemon, which are evidence of the work in spiritual generations (see Acts 1:13-14, Acts 20:7-28; 2 Timothy 2:2).
The God of the Bible is a missionary God with a long-term generational vision. The end of God’s mission is the ingathering of every nation before our Lord Jesus Christ (see Revelation 7:9,10)!
Nav CORE Values and Singapore Vision
The Nav CORE Values and Singapore Vision encapsulate what is on God’s heart. As we recapture God’s vision for the world, may the central motivation of the Nav CORE values be written on our hearts. Let the Nav Vision, “Workers for the Kingdom next door to everywhere,” help us visualise the outcome of making spiritual generations. And to echo Acts 1:8 in a more geographically-relevant manner, “A new wave of disciple-makers in Singapore, Asia & beyond!”
Like a compass, let’s maintain a clear direction of our generational movement as we minister through various contexts and in different capacities!
Participants shared what they learnt at the event and how the CORE, Calling & Vision apply to them in labouring for the Lord.
- From CORE 1, I am reminded that the unconditional love of Jesus needs to be replicated in my own life. I also learnt that changing a life takes a lifetime.
- CORE 2 makes it clear that God’s Word sets the foundation for what I am doing. As I look beyond my own life and see the needs of others, I want to trust God to use me to touch lives beyond where I am.
- My identity as a follower of Jesus means that I need to be tested and trained as a labourer. I need to be committed to living the life of a disciple, beginning in the here and now, everyday.
- The group session for inter-ministry discussion broadened my perspective of ministry beyond the campus. CORE 9 reminded me that interdependent relationships in the body of Christ like those we have with our friends, families and people we meet will help advance the gospel.
- Speeches from the various speakers strengthened my cause for the gospel—I am first a disciplemaker, and then one in the trade. Presently, God has called me into missions. May it be my heart’s desire that I can go forth into the nations, not just a mobiliser, but as a planter of the gospel, living and discipling among the lost.
- The Calling realigns my vision as to what kind of labourers I want to raise, what kind of one-man I want to have and how I should be interacting with my disciples.
- Long term vision is important. With the right focus of what we want to see happen in the next generation, we can help them to continue advancing the gospel.
- Having the vision of spiritual generations means I need to step out of my comfort zone and challenge disciples to do so too. I can then make an impact by passing the baton to the next generation!