04 May “The Beer Truck Test” By David Gadoury
I was recently asked if I had an answer ready for the “beer truck test”. I was embarrassed that I didn’t even know what it was, but I found out it was pretty simple. Just one question, which I will paraphrase: “What will happen to the work you are doing if you are hit by a beer truck?”
That was a good question for me to think about, but I think it is one that everyone who is making even the littlest attempts to serve God, should ask.
Though written a bit before my time, in my youth the booklet Born to Reproduce by Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators ministry, was already considered a classic on Biblical discipleship. Its central thesis is that God calls every follower of Jesus to be involved in producing spiritual children.
God calls us to multiply!
We all need to think and pray about the people he has put in our lives and how we can be passing on the truth we have come to know. This principle applies to the most basic and important foundation stones of our Christian life. What is often forgotten is that it also applies to the work in His vineyard to which he calls us.
How many Sunday school teachers are consciously working to find and invest in another potential teacher who can carry on such important work? How many church greeters have their eye on other personable, faithful, and conscientious workers who could help worshippers feel at home and welcomed? Where are the church deacons who are praying for other people who have servant’s hearts who can share in their work?
“Succession Planning” has been a hot subject in the business world for a long time (partly because so little of it is done there very well). Leaders need to identify and prepare potential successors who can assume their role someday. More recently, this has also become a subject of great interest in the church.
Much of this talk surrounds the challenge (and sometimes the unexpected crisis) of transitioning from one pastoral leader to another. Churches and leaders that do not prayerfully plan ahead for the inevitable departure of one leader usually find themselves in an avoidable mess.
It is a great mistake for us to imagine that the only believers who need to think about succession are pastors and other full-time Christian workers.
Let’s not kid ourselves—all of us are temporary.
And that means that no matter what we have been doing for the Kingdom of God, great or small, public or behind the scenes, it will always come to an end some day. The question then will be, “Who has been raised up and is now prepared to pick up where we left off, and even go farther for the glory of God?”
You were born to reproduce. Who are you preparing to fill your shoes?