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Fathers and Mothers in the Lord

One of our favorite speakers we’ve had at World Mandate is Floyd McClung, founder of All Nations and author of multiple books. We love Floyd, and love this incredible message he has for our blog readers today.

There is a cry in many people’s hearts for someone to father or mother them. There are many spiritual orphans who have never had the opportunity to be loved into wholeness. Fatherlessness is a curse on a nation, and the result of that curse is wounded people carrying an orphan spirit.

The pain in the lives of spiritual orphans empowers five lies:

• The Rejection Lie – I must protect myself from others

• The Fear Lie – I must hide myself from others

• The Performance Lie – I must prove myself to others

• The Blame Lie – I must defend myself from others

• The Control Lie – I must manage myself and others

Spiritual fathers and mothers are mature fathers and mothers because they are not controlled by these lies, nor do they fall into the trap of modifying the behavior of those who believe these lies. They go for the heart. They know that lies are empowered by pain and that Jesus is the truth to heal the pain and dispel the lies.

Fathers and mothers in the Lord do five things well:

• Spiritual Fathers and Mothers Enable Others to ActThey foster collaboration and build life-giving teams. They actively involve others. They understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and dignity, of faith and vision. They strengthen others by sharing information and providing choice. Their give their own power away, making each person feel capable and powerful.

• Spiritual Mothers and Fathers Inspire a Common Vision – They inspire people to believe they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what their spiritual family can become. Through their passionate appeals and quiet persuasion, they enlist others in the dream. They breathe life into the shared vision and get people to see the exciting future possibilities.

• Fathers and Mothers Challenge the Status Quo – They search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative was to improve their church. They are learners and they encourage others to ask questions and think for themselves. They are always looking for what God wants to teach them. They experiment and take risks. And since risk taking involves mistakes and failure, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities. They believe there are no failures, just learning.

• Spiritual Fathers and Mothers Model the Way – They create standards of common values and then set an example for others to follow. They establish values about how members of the community and staff should be treated. Because complex change can overwhelm and stifle action, they celebrate small wins. They unravel or remove bureaucracy, put up signposts for the way forward, and create opportunities for victory. They celebrate failure if people try, and rejoice in little obediences as the way to get to big obediences.

Spiritual Mothers and Fathers Encourage the Heart – They provide opportunities for healing wounded hearts. They get extraordinary things done in their church or movement by doing lots of hard work based on grace, not performance. They keep hope and determination alive. They honor contributions that individuals make. And because every spiritual family needs to share in the rewards of their efforts, they celebrate accomplishments. They make everyone feel like a hero.

There are seven reflection questions that allow us to assess our level of maturity as spiritual fathers and mothers:

• Does our leadership and discipleship restrict or liberate people?

• Does it lead to conformity or does it promote creativity?

• Does it bring dependence on us or on God?

• Does it produce servility or servanthood?

• Does it build on rules or grace?

• Does it undermine or build a person’s confidence?

• Does it produce fear or faith?

In closing, consider Paul’s message to the Corinthians about being a spiritual father or mother:

“I’m not writing all this as a neighborhood scold just to make you feel rotten. I’m writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled. There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s Message to you that I became your father. I’m not, you know, asking you to do anything I’m not already doing myself.” 1 Corinthians 4:14-16 The Message

In the NKJV translation of verse 15 it says, “…though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ…”

The Greek word used for instructor is a word used for those who supervise children until they reach adulthood. Paul is saying the Corinthians have had a lot of baby sitters but it’s time for them to grow up, and the key to that is having a spiritual father or mother in their lives.

Spiritual fathers and mothers are not instructors for spiritual babies. They are fathers and mothers in the Lord who know God.

Floyd with our college Impact Trip team in Capetown, South Africa this summer.

*I am indebted to Larry Kreider for his book, The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers. I have adapted the five characteristics of spiritual mothers and fathers from the book, The Leadership Challenge, by Posner and Kouzes.

I have written more extensively on spiritual fathering and mothering in my book, The Father Heart of God, and in You See Bones – I See an Army.

Antioch Endorsements

We are so honored by the relationships we have with several influential leaders in our nation, including author and speaker Max Lucado and Baylor University’s President Judge Ken Starr. Here’s what they, and others, have to say about Antioch:


“To visit Antioch is to visit the Book of Acts. To hear of their passion, is to hear the heart of God. To listen to the stories of their global impact is to realize: it can happen today! My wife and I love the work of Antioch. Our daughter became a part of the church during her time as a Baylor student. After graduation, she went through the discipleship school. She now serves in one of Antioch’s church plants. She, and we, cherish the impact of this church. Jimmy Seibert and the other leaders are Godly, joyful, faith-stirring folks. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this wonderful work.”

Max Lucado

Best Selling Author
Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church


“Martin Luther King, Jr. called our attention to a profound and sad truth when he said the most segregated hour of Christian America was eleven o’clock on a Sunday morning. But to see Antioch on Sunday morning is to see the rich mosaic of age, race and culture characterizing our community. Under the leadership of Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert, the congregation at Antioch – many of them Baylor students – are not only encouraged but empowered to ‘Go ye, therefore into all the nations.’ In being ‘doers of the Word,’ Antioch is reaching out to and impacting the world for the Kingdom, but the church is also working powerfully to help renew and refresh our own city, thus revealing and strengthening a world of possibility right here in the neighborhoods of our beloved Waco.”

Judge Ken Starr

Baylor University


“Antioch is built on a foundation of godly character, skilled competence and clear strategy to ignite movements of disciples making disciples of Jesus among the least reached people in our world. Antioch goes around the corner and around the globe to serve the least and the lost. I have witnessed the impact of their ministries for many years and in many countries, and I highly commend them to you.”

Floyd McClung

Best Selling Author
All Nations


“At a time when many churches have become ingrown and are struggling for survival, Antioch has discovered the key to relevance and spiritual vitality. Reflecting the New Testament principle that the local body of Christ exists to reach the nations, Antioch is effectively mobilizing and discipling believers to impact a lost world for the glory of God. Hundreds of Antioch missionaries are engaging unreached people groups around the world; the Antioch movement has spawned dozens of church plants throughout the U.S., primarily among university communities, replicating the evangelizing, discipling, sending paradigm that represents the cutting edge for fulfilling the Great Commission.”

Jerry Rankin

President Emeritus
International Mission Board


“If there were more churches like Antioch, we could see the Great Commission accomplished in our lifetime. In my role, I have seen and worked with countless churches, great leaders with great hearts and amazing and fruitful ministries. Yet, what I have seen and experiences with Antioch, and the churches in their movement, is both powerful and unique. I know and trust the leadership and have seen the long-term fruit, 20+ years, from this missional church and the church planting movement God has birthed through her. It is with joy and confidence that I commend Antioch to you.”

David Wills

National Christian Foundation