Harvest Season: A Reflection on the Church’s Work

All around me right now the farmers in my little community are harvesting the fields. Combines are literally rolling all hours of the day. I was clearing my head at 2 am yesterday morning and one of our members was harvesting the field behind the church!


Watching all this excites me, it is a great time of year and the farmers in Ohio and all across the world are excited to see the fruit of the work they have put in all year.

Jesus talks about harvesting right? Matthew 9:37, “The harvest us plentiful but the workers are few.”

What better time to reflect on Jesus’ Harvest?

A couple thoughts on this harvest season and reflection on the Church’s work:

You Cannot Be The Only Worker

A lot of us are in pretty small churches and pretty small communities. You may be the only person who is paid staff at your church. All this is not an inherent problem. The problem is when you decide to do everything by yourself.

If you are the only worker you are not going to be effective, and you are going to burn out and cause yourself and the church harm.

We Must Train and Equip More Workers

Instead of doing it all ourselves we must also train and equip more workers. We must have a plan in place to disciple those already in our lives and those who will come into it. We must be willing to delegate and raise up volunteers to do work.

Collecting the Harvest is Exciting!

In a farming church there is palpable excitement in the air when it hits harvest time. The church should feel the same way about Jesus’ harvest. Seeing lives changed for Jesus is such an exciting thing!

When people go out and tell people about Jesus and harvest Jesus’ crop there is nothing more exciting than that in the lifeblood of the church!

Just Like The Crop Harvest, Church’s Harvest Feeds The World

The crops that are harvested in my community in many like it go out to feed the world. I know one family’s wheat is going into Nabisco Goldfish this year, so that is cool! And just like that the crops the church harvests goes to feed the world. Those people that become disciples because of the church’s work then go and make more disciples. Feeding the world over and over again!

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Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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