Disciple-Making Movement

14) The Last Bit: These "7 Ongoing Elements" of a Movement are Great!

Recently, we went through coaching with Chris Galanos, the author of “From Megachurch to Movement,” and in his training, which he says is taken mostly from Stan Parks, he keeps cycling back to “7 Ongoing Elements” that pretty much have to be happening if a movement toward Christ is to occur. (Compare these to Garrison’s 10 Universals.) The 7 elements are:

 

1. Focus on God’s Word

2. Multiply extraordinary prayer

3. Cast vision

4. Train believers to go out among the lost

5. Go out among the lost

6. See groups start

7. Ongoing coaching (which could also be viewed as peer mentoring)

 

The more we interact with these, the more comfortable they feel. See how everything flows from the Bible as the first source, then prayer as the connector — which gives way to God-inspired vision, which leads one ultimately to conclude that training believers to go out among the lost is ultimately the very best use of our time. And then the rub comes. After all these trainings, we have actually to *do* what the training teaches us to do!!! That’s the tough part. But if we *do*, and if God decides to bless (His call), then we will see groups start (at least eventually). Either way, we’ve noticed clearly that, without that ongoing coaching or peer mentoring, it’s incredibly hard to keep going — and it’s also hard to know what to *do*! So these make such great sense! Well done Stan Parks… and well done Chris.

 

Your thoughts on these 7 Ongoing Elements???

 

3) "More Disciples" (the Book) Now Available on Audible.com

Are you the type that you would rather listen to an oral retelling of a book rather than sit down to read it? Do you have blurred vision by the time you get home at night? Want to make better use of your 15-minute commute to work? Regardless of the case, we hope you’ll make good use of the new book, More Disciples, now available in audio form on Audible.com. In fact, Audible has teamed up with DMM training globally by agreeing to donate $75 for every new Audible customer that signs up at this link:

 

www.audible.com/pd/B07RQVN63F/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-151337&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_151337_rh_us

 

Let us repeat that one more time: If you’re a new Audible customer and you use the above link to sign up, you will pay the absolutely normal price for Audible. (In fact, we think you get the first month free.) But once you continue your membership (and become a paying customer), Audible has teamed up to sponsor future DMM trainings and/or the translation of the Zúme course (a web-driven online and in-life experience which ALSO trains participants in the very same DMM principles as in live trainings). If just 10 people sign up, they’ll contribute $750! And there’s no upper limit. (They must appreciate you, new customers.) And from what we understand, you get to listen to many (most?) titles on Audible.com at no extra charge. It’s… all you can eat oral-storytelling on steroids!

 

Or — you can just purchase More Disciples at the price they set. Any proceeds from the sale of the audio book (or the Kindle version or the print version) also go toward DMM trainings. Zero money goes to the authors personally. Learn more at…

 

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

 

More Disciples is published by WIGTake (“What’s it going to take?”), a publishing company launched by David Garrison. The purpose of the book is to help you figure out how to make and multiply disciples, groups (churches), leaders, and movements in the land(s) you love. It’s written by Doug Lucas, with an introduction and epilogue by Curtis Sergeant and the foreword by David Garrison.

 

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.

 

4) "Never a Cold Call:" The Importance of Prayer to Power What We Do

This past month, while traveling among 11 very unreached people groups in a Muslim West African nation, a couple of church leaders and I (Doug) studied a movement that is beginning to spread like wildfire across the plains. We met with some of the movement’s leaders to try to discover what’s powering it. One of them put it this way: Speaking of the power of prayer, he quipped, “We never have to make a cold call.” His point was simply this: By investing most of their time in prayer for their neighbors (both near and far), they are seeing God go before them in everything they do. One gentleman — we’ll call him Ibrahim — told a story about a man who recently knocked on his door, literally asking, “Can you tell me why I felt such a strong compulsion to come and knock on your door? Is there something you’re supposed to tell me?” Ibrahim assured the visitor that, yes, most definitely, there was a particular story that the visitor was supposed to hear. A few days later, Ibrahim baptized the new believer in Christ. When we pray, heaven fights our battles for us. We have the benefit of “high ground.” We never have to make a cold call again.

5) Six Truths about Disciple-making Movements (from Curtis Sergeant?)

We can’t recall for sure where we heard these six truths. (That probably means they came from Curtis Sergeant. : ) ) But they are timeless and true for most, if not all, disciple-making movements that catch stride:

  • *** You take care of the depth; let God take care of the breadth.
    *** Pour deeply into a few regardless of the cost.
    *** Keep doing what you are doing and you will get better at it.
    *** To obey and train others, you can’t pass on what you don’t possess.
    *** Simple things grow and simple things multiply.
    *** It is always relational before it gets organizational.

We should make note of these, memorize them, and say them out loud every morning of our lives. : )

12) New Version of "More Disciples" is In the Works ("2 Weeks or so")

It just showed up on Amazon last month, but already, several people have asked for end-of-chapter discussion questions for the new book, “More Disciples.” So this past week, we hunkered down and did a full revision, adding material we had been wanting to include anyway. All of the material is now in the hands of the formatting team. So a revised, enlarged, and expanded version 1.1 of More Disciples will be available in two weeks or so. We’ll let you know when it drops. Watch for it in the next 14 days. (We’ll do our best to take care of those who already purchased version 1.0.)

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

14) The BackPage: What if we All Became Multiplying Disciples?

This past week, we were pondering… what if every believer in Christ worldwide would become a disciple who multiplies? According to researchers, evangelical Christians add up to roughly 300 million believers in number. (See, for example, http://www.gordonconwell.edu/resources/documents/statusofglobalmission.pdf ) So if each believer made just one disciple per year, the entire globe woman studying-200would be won to Christ (assuming we trained new disciples to do the same) by the end of 2021, just 6 years from now.

How can we ratchet up our ability to multiply? One relatively easy way would be to invite everyone to take the 30-Day Challenge at

http://www.MoreDisciples.com

It’s actually kind of fun, takes an average of one hour per day (max), and is something you, your group, or your church could do together. You don’t have to order any books, you don’t need a satellite uplink, and you don’t have to wait until your church hits the 1,000 membership mark. You can start today and see results within days. You won’t be asked to join anything, you won’t receive any commercials or ads, and no one will call. Your personal information stays private and isn’t shared with anyone — and the only emails you’ll receive are the ones you sign up for. What’s more, you can easily unsubscribe at any time with one click. So… what are we waiting for? Time is clicking by. Sign up today at the link above. Then spread the word so you can start multiplying today!

5) Anyone read “Pioneering Movements?” It Looks Good

pioneering_movementsHave you read Steve Addison’s “Pioneering Movements?” Would you have a moment to comment? It looks good. With the subtitle, “Leadership that Multiplies Disciples and Churches,” this book is, according to the author, meant for anyone who wants to “obey Jesus example and call to pioneer movements of disciples and churches throughout the world, until he returns.” With a Forward by David Garrison, Jerry Trousdale wrote, of Pioneering Movements, “Steve Addison’s third book on movements builds on his previous writings by inviting Christ Followers to become “movement pioneers” wherever they live. Pioneering Movements is filled with examples of such people from the early church, Christian history, and modern day movements. Steve makes a compelling case that God can use any Christ Followers to replicate disciple making, while also providing simple, practical steps to get started.” Order it at…

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneering-Movements-Leadership-Multiplies-Disciples/dp/0830844414

3) Learn Disciple Making Movement Principles a Chunk at a Time

The idea behind the 30-Day Challenge at…group-prayer

http://www.MoreDisciples.com

is that you’ll be able to pick up Disciple Making Movement principles and practices by investing just 5-15 minutes per day during a 30-day window. Once you’ve got them “down pat” for 30 days, you’ll find they’re like any new positive habit. Maybe Christmas break is the perfect time to launch a 30-Day Challenge. Try it. You can always unsubscribe at any time. Log on to MoreDisciples and sign up for the 30-Day Challenge today.

14) The BackPage: Please help us Make MoreDisciples.com

We’re in the middle of launching a new push for “more disciples” at this new website,30-day_challenge_dare-300

http://www.MoreDisciples.com

We’re asking folks to walk with us through a 30-day challenge, during which, we’ll be challenging the global church to be the church that Jesus Christ has asked for all along. This challenge can be fulfilled by any church member, anywhere in the world. It is NOT limited just to North America. The way it works is — you sign up and for 30 days, you receive an email each day, challenging you to get “out of the box” in a new push to fulfill the Great Commission globally. Before you know it, you’ll be praying, phoning, and discipling like never before. You’ll watch 3-minute videos, complete charts, and share the Good News… and throughout the whole deal, no one will ask you for any money (disclaimer: God might inspire you to HELP someone), no one will add you to any other list without your permission, and no one will release your personal information. Basically, this is an effort to FINISH Matthew 28:19-20. It’s free of charge, but it will probably prompt you to step out on faith like you never have before. Please sign up today.

14) The BackPage: Learn to Facilitate Discovery Bible Studies (DBSes) via Video

They’re all the craze now. And for good reason. Researchers are pointing to HUNDREDS of thousands of participants in a wave of new growth in churches and homes around the world. Now, use this set of videos to get a jump-start prior to diving into your first study. There are 16 videos in all, but none is longer than 5 minutes. Watching all 16 will take you less than 80 minutes, which is approximately the length of one Bible study. (So you could, in effect, think of these 16 videos as your intro session — then start the actual method in your next session.)

Disciple making Movements (CityTeam)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jrok2GE8I8

Miraculous Movements (7 videos)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_05z87Q-dE&feature=youtu.be&list=PLAYdgDb_v1zcwGHW-Z_-c9N2rti9GFZUR

Discovery Group Process (Dave Hunt, CityTeam)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-9kAA8isq8

Discovery Bible Study (“Mike,” at Bama Wesley)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es45FOGbQpY

The Bible Study Process Within a Discovery Group (CityTeam, Dave Hunt)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azJq4McK7uc

The Person of Peace (CityTeam, Dave Hunt)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_lvX5UfM3Q

The Characteristics of a Disciple Maker (Richard Williams, CityTeam)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5zA9FaLn-E

Revealing Jesus without Revealing your culture (Richard Williams, CityTeam)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTQwsYgstto

Converts of Disciples? Christians or Believers? (Richard Williams, CityTeam)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JidJe9PkmOE

The Discovery Group Process (Trudy Read, CityTeam)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N2N2qDFhQs

6) Sharpen your Disciple Making Movement skills

dmmHow is it possible that three illiterate farmer’s wives have started a total of 40 discipleship groups and churches?! Has disciple making been made too complex? What can be learned from this and many other disciple-making movements around the world? And more importantly, how did Jesus make disciples? What can be learned from the Bible?

Act Beyond is hosting a special, three day, Disciple Making Movement training in Plano, TX, July 3-5. People new to Disciple Making Movements as well as those who have had some training before are welcome. Go to

beyond.org/events

to learn more and to register for this and other DMM trainings. Questions? Feel free to contact Pete at
pjeatbeyonddotorg or +1-469-814-8234

5) Disciple Making Movement Training, June 6, 2015 in Plano, TX

2billionAct Beyond is hosting a one-day training in biblical principles that are a part of each of the 150 movements to Christ around the world today. Learn keys to launching movements with the potential to transform individuals, families, communities and entire unreached people groups. With more than 2 Billion people cut off from the gospel today (and growing) these principles are essential to reach the unreached and fulfill the Great Commission. Learn more and register at:

http://beyond.org/events/disciple-making-movements-training-plano-tx-2/

Or contact Pete at
pjeatbeyonddotorg

3) Disciple Making (Church Planting) Movement Videos

Act Beyond (formerly called Mission to Unreached Peoples) has a new set of videos about launching Church Planting (Disciple Making) Movements. See this 5+ minute video explaining why it is crucial to start movements

act beyond v.2 1280×720 1280×720 from Act Beyond on Vimeo.

The longer 7+ minute video can be found on their new website,

http://www.beyond.org

and deals with some of the common questions about starting movements.

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