Why are we called The Joshua Blueprint?
Aside from the very popular question “What is it that you guys actually do?”, the second most frequent question we’re asked is, “What kind of name is The Joshua Blueprint?”
Well, we’d be the first to admit that our name doesn’t help people easily identify the heart behind our mission, but we do believe that once people grasp the vision that God has given us, our title will make more sense. Hence this post.
Digging a little deeper
Before we get to the Joshua part, we should probably touch on the “Seven Mountain” theology. This is explained very briefly but succinctly in an explainer video on our YouTube channel, but in short, it states that the whole of society can be broken up into seven sectors or mountains: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion. Though the general belief among Christians is that we belong on the religion mountain, the truth is that Christians should be influential culture-shapers on every mountain. For us, the mountains of arts and entertainment are where God is directing us.
In that wise, when we began to propose names for this ministry, we decided to look more into the lives of those in the Bible who were known for claiming territory. Joshua was a clear standout, so we decided to study his life and see what key factors came out that we could apply to our name and ministry. As we progressed chapter by chapter, we discovered that our vision was all sorts of wrapped up in the relationship between Joshua and Moses. One day we’ll share more about what we’ve pulled out of that study, there’s quite a bit, but here are a few of the highlights:
Joshua was the aide to Moses. He was only allowed to enter the mountain and see the glory of God because he was with Moses.
Mentors can take young disciples further into the presence of God than the disciples can go on their own.
Exodus 31: 1-11
Bezalel and Oholiab were “filled with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.”
The Spirit of God enhances the ability of artisans.
All from the community who were willing and whose heart moved him brought an offering to the Lord for the building of the place of worship until Moses had to tell them to stop. Bezalel and Oholiab were filled with the Spirit of God with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts and given the ability to teach others. All who were given ability and were willing came to help build the temple.
Like Bezalel and Oholiab, we will teach others and build a place for the kids to gather for worship, and the Lord will move the hearts of people to help build this work until we have more than enough.
Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses laid his hands on him.
Whatever anointing God has given us is to be transferred to the students.
The heart of Joshua
As I said, there is much more we took from the story of Joshua, but these four points in particular demonstrate the involvement of God in the arts and our vision to take whatever anointing the Lord has given us and give it out. Joshua wasn’t someone we would recognize as an artist by any means, Bezalel and Oholiab had that aspect covered, but that’s not what attracted us to him. Not only was he a powerful warrior who helped advance the territory of the Israelites, but he had a secret life in God than rivaled that of Moses, the man called the friend of God! One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is the one describing Joshua as one who lingered in the Tent of Meeting with God even after Moses left (Exodus 33:11). That is what we are after. Raising up young people with an artist’s anointing like Bezalel, but with the kind of intimate relationship with God that Joshua had.
Before Joshua got to the point where he was spending time alone in the Tent of Meeting with God, he went in with Moses. In fact, Moses introduced Joshua to levels in God that no one else in the camp, including the priests, had ever experienced! To us that spoke of a certain kind of blueprint of what mentorship should look like. These kids are Joshua and we are their Moses or Bezalel and Oholiab. That’s an incredibly humbling calling, especially because we by no means have high opinions of our abilities nor are we that talented, but we believe we are to train them, lay hands on them, and support them, so through the anointing of the Spirit of God they can go farther than we ever could. God gave us the gifts we have so that we could transfer them to the kids we work with. Not for ourselves.
So that’s our perspective and the heart behind our name. Of course we hope some day that people with other and greater anointings will come and transfer that to the students as well, but right now it’s just the two of us, so we’re working with what we have. We know God will be faithful to add to what we bring. We aim to follow the blueprint laid out for us in the story of Joshua, and we hope to see the kids we work with not only advance the territory of the Lord in the arts and entertainment sectors, but to grow deep in intimacy with God for the rest of their lives.