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1) Revised First Edition of More Disciples Now Live on Amazon

If you’ve been considering purchasing the new book, “More Disciples,” by Doug Lucas, there’s never been a better time. The Revised First Edition (available at first in print only; Kindle Revised First Edition version to follow soon) builds on the initial version by adding Questions for Discussion at the end of every chapter, as well as at the end of the book as a whole. Colleges and universities, as well as discussion groups and adult Bible fellowships, will find these questions useful for assigning homework, as well as for facilitating discussions during group meetings. This version also supplies other helpful tools not included in the first edition, like a complete list of sample “Shema” statements designed to act as “filters” for persons of peace (people who seem especially ready to discuss spiritual things and could influence others to do the same). Finally, this new Revised First Edition makes helpful tweaks in dozens of paragraphs to make the resource even more helpful for individuals who want to apply the material right away. When it comes to multiplying disciples, leaders, churches, and movements — getting started is sometimes the toughest challenge. “More Disciples” helps you figure out exactly how to start. Author and researcher, David Garrison (who wrote the Foreword), has said, “More Disciples addresses head on the fundamental question: What’s it going to take to bring the world to faith and discipleship in Jesus Christ? More Disciples takes the centuries-old-challenge and, through the grace of God, places it within our grasp.” Find the Revised First Edition in print at:

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

(Watch for the new corresponding Kindle version to follow shortly.) By the way, you could view the purchase price itself as a donation to disciple-making movements. If the book ends up making any money, all proceeds will go toward translating Zúme into other languages and sponsoring live trainings for believers in frontier situations, among unreached and unengaged people groups. The author makes nothing.)

9) The GACX is a Where Discussions Can Increase Global Momentum

Shouldn’t you be there? Every moment of the 2019 GACX Global Forum, Sept. 24-27 in Dallas, is designed to increase the speed and scope of discipleship-driven church multiplication by:

 

*** sharing ideas and opportunities

*** learning from others’ experiences

*** building intentional collaborations.

 

You can register today for “Compelled” using the early-bird rate at…

 

gacx.io/forum2019/

2) Dog Sets New Distance Record: Longest Frisbee Catch in History

Check us out on this. For us, this longest-distance Frisbee catch illustrates several key lessons that come together in this incredible feat.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Fruyxrx3w

First, the dog has to be incredibly fast and fit. Second, the dog’s timing has to be right (to snatch this thing right out of the air). Third and finally, the thrower had to make the throw just right (super-long distance combined with a super-long hang-time — and don’t forget super-straight). Launching a disciple-making movement (DMM) is somewhat like this. It usually requires an implementer who was so passionate, so determined, and so committed, that there was actually never anything in question: He or she felt so driven that “whatever it takes” to win an entire pocket of people, he or she would give it all. However, in reality, there was a certain sense of timing, calling, and God’s purpose involved. But even given all this, at the end of the day, it’s really all up to God and His eternal purposes. We can do everything just right — but if God’s Spirit doesn’t will it, it just won’t happen.

 

But when it DOES happen, it’s a beautiful thing.

 

1) The Book, "More Disciples," Dropped Yesterday on Kindle

You can find it at…

 

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166

 

or just search “More Disciples on Amazon” to find it from your favorite search engine. More Disciples is written by Doug Lucas, with Introduction and Epilogue by Curtis Sergeant and Foreword by David Garrison. The Kindle version has Worldwide enabled and also comes with enhanced typesetting. Page Flip is enabled and you can also read it on Kindle Unlimited, if you’re a subscriber. What’s more, if you’ve already purchased the print version, you can pick up the Kindle version for just 99 cents. One reviewer (L.E.) wrote, “This thorough yet easy read is the one book you need to understand and participate in a disciple-making movement (DMM). Of course it is God who works on hearts and draws people to Himself, but this book is a handy tool for being part of what God is doing in the world and making His name known among the nations.” Chris Galanos is author of From Megachurch to Multiplication: A Church’s Journey Toward Movement. He wrote, “More Disciples is a must-read for every Christian! Making more disciples is the mission that Jesus left us with and should be a major focus of our lives. Doug does a great job articulating how every Christian can be a fruitful disciple-maker. Perhaps you question if God really can use you to make more disciples. Perhaps you assume that only pastors and missionaries can make more disciples. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This book will set you on fire as you realize that God not only CAN use you but WANTS to use you to make many more disciples!” Now, with the Kindle version available, you can take More Disciples with you in an encrypted folder on your hard drive to be a companion in your multiplication journey.

6) Field Preparation For Work Among Unreached People Groups

The 25th cohort of Beautiful Feet Boot Camp is forming now, to take place July-August in Oklahoma City. The vision is to equip kingdom-minded, contemplative people who have a full tool belt and a passion for the multiplication of disciples among unreached people groups. Major topics include the kingdom of God, Christian community, compassionate ministry, incarnational living, gospel contextualization, disciple-making movements, and so much more. Find all the application and information at

 

beautifulfeet.global/bfbc

1) "More Disciples" (the book) is Out on Amazon

We’ve mentioned a couple of times that you’ll soon be able to order the new book, “More Disciples,” published by WIGTake Resources (the same group that brought you “Church Planting Movements” (Garrison) and “T4T” (Steve Smith and Ying Kai) and several other books. The book showed up on Amazon this past weekend. Find it at…

https://www.amazon.com/More-Disciples-Becoming-Multiplying-Followers/dp/1939124166/

Because Doug is the primary author, he didn’t want to say anything about the book himself. (That would be awkward.) So we’ll just feature what others have said about it. As a follower of Jesus, what’s the one thing you can take with you from this life to the next? The answer: more disciples. More Disciples is a practical, how-to guidebook that lays out a clear path for learning and implementing church-planting movement (CPM) and disciple-making movement (DMM) strategies and life principles. It includes in text form all of the concepts of the web-driven course, ZumeProject.com. In addition, readers can go deeper at a companion website, MoreDisciples.com (currently being revised to mesh with the book). Author and researcher, David Garrison, wrote, “More Disciples addresses head on the fundamental question: What’s it going to take to bring the world to faith and discipleship in Jesus Christ? More Disciples takes the centuries-old-challenge and, through the grace of God, places it within our grasp.” DMM specialist, David Watson, added, “More Disciples is a book well done being published at a critical moment for the church and those who wish to see all nations as brothers in Christ. There are several major take-aways that will touch every audience. The book addresses one of the weaknesses in disciple-making movements by supplying curricula that is culturally adaptive and ready for those who are interested.” Author Jerry Trousdale went on to say that, “More Disciples is truly an excellent resource for people wanting to get started, or get better at, catalyzing multiplying disciples. But it will also be a very useful reference resource for CPM/DMM veterans.”

11) Zúme Course Rolls out in Ninth Language: Telugu

Know anyone who speaks Telugu? It’s the third-most widely-spoken language of the Indian subcontinent (after Hindi and Bengali). It dominates Andhra Pradesh. And now it’s one of nine languages already available for Zúme, the web-driven course and in-life experience that helps you be a disciple worth reproducing. It also helps you learn how to make and multiply other disciples around you and around the world. To see Telugu (and all the other languages available so far), just click to…

 

www.ZumeProject.com

 

then click the drop-down arrow upper right (it probably defaults to English). Choose a language from that list that you recognize. If you don’t recognize any just yet, just hang around for a while. The development team at Zúme will be rolling out 31 others over the next year. And the wild thing is — Zúme is available to you free of charge because of the kindness of lots of donors who believe in the Great Commission.

14) The Last Bit: We Loved This Response to Critics of DMM/CPM

Recently, we found ourselves in the middle of an exchange of emails aimed at designing rebuttals toward some critics who were casting stones at disciple-making movement (DMM) and church-planting movement (CPM) approaches. In the midst of no small amount of wrangling scriptures and forging powerful responses came a mature voice of tranquility. It was David Garrison. His reply seemed so balanced, we asked his permission to reprint it to a wider audience, volunteering to remove all proper nouns. Somewhat embarrassed, but at the same time, convinced his approach was prayerfully true, he agreed. Here’s what he essentially said:

 

“What we’re now hearing from these various critics (of DMM/CPM) is not new, though it is coming out of a new front. I’ve seen this for years from various naysayers. The good news is that these brethren are brethren, and do have contributions to make to our own thinking and understanding. We should listen to them and see what positive things we can take away from their critiques without getting sidetracked by these skirmishes.

 

“On the one hand, they are attempting pioneer church planting, and for that we can be grateful. Many who begin with them may some day migrate over to more fruitfully exponential paradigms. In one particular region, some years ago, we had a whole cadre of folk who seemed to have all come from one common stream, who were no friends of CPMs, but these young missionaries quickly came to see that “planting a church” among a particular people group (as some would advocate) does little to impact the exponentially compounding lostness of the world’s UPGs. These young missionaries, over time, saw for themselves that DMM/CPM was, in fact, occurring among many UPGs around them. It didn’t take them too long to ask for training in more fruitful practices, and the great majority of them (at least in our region) have gone on to become highly fruitful DMM/CPM catalysts.

 

“It’s important that we be Christlike in our interaction with these who cast doubt and questions on our claims – while making sure we are not inflating any claims ourselves. They, the critics, are not the real enemy; lostness is the enemy, and we must not yield to the temptation to become distracted by those who find it so difficult to grasp the CPM/DMM paradigm. Missionaries are feisty people; let’s keep our feistiness focused on lostness.

 

“In summary, let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends: the knowledge of the glory of God (which is Christ in us) multiplying exponentially until it covers the earth “as the waters cover the seas.”

 

Blessings,

 

David Garrison

[end of David Garrison’s comments]

 

When we grow up, we want to be like David Garrison. This balanced response doesn’t invite the formation of roots of bitterness. What’s more, it promptly ends cat fights. The roar of flame-mails soon dies out when one party refuses to spar in response. We would all do well to learn from Garrison’s patience, even if we wish for more disciples and more disciple-makers. Maybe the secret to multiplication isn’t really in our arguments and logic. Maybe it has rested in God all along anyway. Do you agree or disagree?

5) Disciple-Making Movements in English and Spanish

IWMC2019 will be offering DMM Training in English and Spanish in Lenexa, KS, April 29 – 30, 2019. In the presence of coach practitioners, each attendee will have a chance not only to learn the fundamental principles of multiplicative disciple-making but also assess their current situations and see how they can both fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Find registration info at

internationalwholisticmissions.regfox.com/iwmc2019-preconference

11) Canada Formally to Launch Zúme Training Initiative

If you live in Canada (or know someone who does), don’t miss the kick-off for Zúme there, April 7, 3pm. Zúme Training is an on-line and in-life learning experience designed for small groups who follow Jesus to learn how to obey His Great Commission and make disciples who multiply. The official kick-off service will take place at Rexdale Alliance Church, 2459 Islington Avenue, Etobicoke, ON M9W 3X9. The entire event will be live-streamed as well. Organizers will introduce the training. They will also be looking for people whom God is raising up to help lead the Zúme project in Canada. Speakers will include Andy Smith, Jonathan and Corinna McMurray, Doug Lucas, and others. Learn more about Zúme at…

 

zumeproject.com/

4) Here’s a Cool 30-minute Talk About Doing CPM in Urban Settings

At the 2018 Forum for the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, Jeff Sundell shared lessons learned from his 10 years of experience in South Asia. Now you can hear the whole thing for free at…

 

gacx.io/videos/cpm-in-urban-settings/

 

(Thanks GACX!) By the way, the 2019 GACX is Sept. 24-27 in Dallas. Mark your calendars. More details will be released by GACX shortly.

14) The Last Bit: Special Request of our Canadian Readers – Please Help

Are you a Canadian participant in the whole Brigada experience? If so, could we please ask for your help? We’ve been asked to help coordinate the Canadian launch of a new web-driven training course called Zúme. Zúme is available online at…

 

www.zumeproject.com

 

You can start any time (i.e., you don’t have to wait until a certain cycle begins to sign up and get started). All you need is 4-12 people in a group and… bam… you too can learn how to become a disciple worth reproducing as well as how you can work within groups to multiply. Those groups will help you establish greater accountability, a deeper prayer life, more disciples, and much, much more. So the Canadian launch of Zúme is coming up April 7th and 8th. I (Doug) would love to learn how we might make this launch a genuinely Canadian experience. So I have to ask of you, Canadians — please, what are the typical things that annoy you about U.S. of Americans? What do we do that really cheeses you off? How can we keep from pride or jingoism? What might prompt you, as a Canadian, to consider implementing Zúme in your own church or group across the entire (giant) nation of Canada? The first piece of advice we received was to read, “Why We Act Like Canadians,” by Pierre Berton. But we want even more. Please click into the comment box of the web version of this item to let us know how we avoid bungling this. And if you’d like to help plan it, you’re invited. Just send us a note at:

 

www.brigada.org/contact

 

Thanks in advance for any help you can give to help us redeem this.

12) How Would You Describe the Missionary Task?

The IMB described it this way:

a) Entry

b) Evangelism

c) Discipleship

d) Healthy Church Formation

e) Leadership Training

f) Partnership and exit

 

See the full out line in blog items like this one…

 

www.imb.org/topic-term/six-components-missionary-task/

 

and zero in on particular items in articles like this one, on the disciple-making task, for example:

 

www.imb.org/2018/10/29/missionary-task-disciple-making/

 

What’s YOUR take on this kind of component model of the missionary task? What do you feel the IMB has left out that should have been included? Please jot your answer in a Comment following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your opinion!

 

12) If You’re Still Interested In Background Material on Why DMM

We recently featured an article by a brother who basically tried to throw cold water on disciple-making movements (DMM) and church-planting movements (CPM) by asking if they were biblical. We’ve decided we’re no longer going to push more traffic his way by even referring to his article by link, however, we did see a thoughtful response by L.D. Waterman at…

http://btdnetwork.org/a-straw-man-argument-to-prove-what-god-shouldnt-do-a-critique-of-chad-vegas-a-brief-guide-to-dmm/

So we at least thought we’d mention it here. : )

1) Free Cases of Mission Frontiers on Starting Movements

MF-Mar-Apr_2014-CoverThe upcoming Mar/Apr Mission Frontiers features five case studies of sending-base churches applying biblical movement principles to equip their members as “church-planting” missionaries to their families, relational networks and communities. This is a huge step in equipping and engaging local church members in evangelism, discipleship and church-planting, in reaching the internationals in our midst, and in preparing future missionaries to the unreached.

For those who would like to help get these into the hands of pastors and Christian leaders, a generous donor has arranged to offer 60 free cases shipped from the printer in late February to U.S. addresses (100 copies per case=a $400 value). Any surplus will be available mid-March, shipped in boxes of 60.

Preview the issue at

http://NPL2025.org/pub/2016_MA_MF_Preview.pdf

Reserve your quantity at

http://www.noplaceleft2025.org/reserve-2016-mf

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