11) Which Discipleship Course(s) Do You Use?

discipleshipOf all the commands Jesus gave, making disciples seems to be at the core of the core. Note that in Matthew 28:19-20, it’s the only verb in the imperative (command) mode. So the question is, what path will you choose to build a discipleship emphasis in your ministry, mission field, or local church? For example, there’s “Simple Discipleship,” at…


which presents a four-year plan emphasizing “Strong Faith,” “Strong Family,” “Strong Church,” and “Strong Witness.” Try it out with the free PDF downloads and let us know what you think. OR — alternatively, let us know about the plan YOU prefer. Just use the link below to jump to the web version of this item, then click “Comment” and let us know your thoughts please. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

14) The BackPage: Characteristics of Learning Leaders

I enjoyed this past issue of the International Orality Network (ION)  Newsletter. I honed in on J.O. Terry’s article about Learning Leaders. He wrote that they are generally “a peer among the listeners or people group. They may not be literate, or if literate, often are only marginally literate. It is best if learning leaders are taught or trained in the same manner they will in turn use in teaching others.” I thought about Paul’s admonition in II Timothy 2:2 and tried to imagine how we profile students that will become effective replicators of the material, behaviors, and attitudes that we’re modeling.

In fact, speaking of modeling, he added, “Modeling is very important in training. All needed teaching information must be in the lesson. Since a learning leader may be nonliterate, the lesson must be memorable for the learning leader if it must be learned orally. Simple lesson guides rich in participation activities (if culturally appropriate) are helpful. Singing is often a good way to facilitate learning and memory, though this is a cultural preference. Because the learning leader usually does not have knowledge beyond the lesson resource, question and answer activity may not be possible except for a catechism type review. In extreme cases of learning leader nonliteracy a picture illustrating the Bible story may be used to trigger recall and give focus to the lesson.” I admitted to myself that I hadn’t ever thought very deeply about how these type learners would teach others. It would be worth exploring. In that vein, Terry continued, “The learning leader must reinforce listener learning by leader repetition as needed and encouraging listener recitation. The learning leader as a peer will know intuitively how to relate to listeners with proper teaching etiquette that includes how to encourage participation among listeners and how if needed to handle incorrect responses. The use of linked or sequential lessons can reduce learning leader stress without having to introduce unrelated or unlinked new lessons. Periodic reviews by a competent teacher as well as occasional visits to a teaching venue can help to keep the Bible Storying on track and effective.”

In all of this, I realized that storying (and its methodology) was stimulating my thinking about broader discipling processes. All of which makes me wish I could go farther in my training as a storyteller — because I have a hunch that storytelling would teach me more than a bunch of stories. :-) Your thoughts? Are you able to resonate with my conclusions?

3) Discipleship Training School on a Large Yacht

Ever wanted to do a Youth With A Mission Discipleship (YWAM) Training School (DTS) but were not sure which one to do, or where?  Ever thought it would be incredible to sail around the Mediterranean in a large yacht for 4 months?  Well, you can do both by joining the next Bluewater DTS which starts on September 6, 2013 either as a trainee or as DTS staff (providing you are a YWAM DTS graduate and are prepared to do a little marine training to become trainee crew or already have STCW BST certificates). The school lasts 6 months with the outreach phase and learning to sail the 42 meter ketch is included. For details visit


You can download an application from this website or contact the school registrar by email at


11)Seen any Icebreaker Videos that could be Saved on SD Cards?

Recently, we ran an article on developing Mobile Ministry Made Easy. Global Recordings Network is trying to expand their mobile ministry to reach the majority of people who only have access to the internet via their smart phones, iPhones or tablets. They’re searching for any web sites that provide 3-5 minute video or audio/visual clips that can be saved on a micro-SD card and inserted into a smart phone or tablet to engage people? The topics can be for initiating a conversation about religion, evangelism, discipleship, leadership development and “doing church.” From an icebreaker to a discipleship tool, mobiles are common and flexible enough to support a number of ministry approaches.

You can look at


for the GRN mobile website.

2) The Multiply Movement: Platt and Chan Singing our Song

As this Brigada goes to press, I’ve just heard a sneak-peak 3-hour presentation by David Platt, author of the hot best-seller, “Radical,” and Francis Chan, author of “Crazy Love.” These guys teamed up with others to produce this streamed internet “live broadcast” and it will go live again this Saturday, Nov. 10, from Chan’s church in San Francisco. In a nutshell, these guys are claiming that they’re tired of the status quo. They say they’re not willing to stop short of anything other than radical obedience to the Great Commission. Chan begins with a kind of public repentance for how long it has taken us to fulfill the Great Commission, the Platt preaches on Matt. 28: 19-20 (and it’s a fairly good sermon, as you can imagine). During the 15-minute break in the middle of the broadcast, I called a delegation of church members in northeastern Ohio who were kind enough to watch along with me. They were definitely moved and challenged by the material. But the best part of all is that Platt and Chan have given legs to the idea. They’ve prepared a 24-lesson discipleship course so that virtually ANYONE now has a concrete plan for bringing along a friend to the foot of the Cross and beyond. In Platt’s prayer at the end of the production, he shares his heart — that they won’t quit “Until all nations know…” They’re singing our song and, if you ask me, we should get on board and back the movement. Learn more — and tune in this Saturday no matter where you are in the world (if your internet is fast enough to support real-time streaming) at…



6) Good Soil Seminars: Training for Worldview-Relevant Evang/Disc —

We’re living in a time when people have little to no knowledge of the Bible and the Christian faith, whether they are from the other side of the world or the house next door. The next Good Soil Basic Seminar will be held Oct. 26 & 27, 2011 in Harrisburg, PA.  Here you will be equipped to share God’s story of redemption as it is revealed chronologically from Genesis to Revelation, so that people can clearly understand the Gospel, sincerely embrace the Gospel, and firmly hold on to the Gospel, no matter what their starting worldview is. For more info on GoodSoil E&D and this seminar, visit…




or email


8) The future of the global church is Open —

Did you know that releasing discipleship resources (like the Bible and training materials) from copyright restrictions using open licenses can greatly increase their usefulness to the global church? Find out more about what the “open” future of the global church is like by watching the short video at




Check out the Door43 project that puts this idea of “open” into practice.




Door43 is an open-access, web-based platform where anyone can join for free and work together with others to create, translate and distribute unrestricted discipleship resources in any language. You can think of it as something like “Wikipedia for discipleship resources” but with a strong focus on multimedia, oral cultures, mobile phone technology and quality control. Resources in Door43 can be legally used by anyone, for any ministry purpose, without needing to ask permission. You can help make this vision come true: “unrestricted discipleship resources, in every language, and on any mobile phone”.

7) Get Training to Use the Performing Arts for Missions —

The Performing Arts Discipleship Training School is a 6-month missions training course with a focus on the performing arts. If you would like to grow in your relationship with God and see the nations change through performing arts, then this is the place for you! The school includes a 3-month lecture phase in Hong Kong where you will hear teaching from experienced speakers about topics like the character of God, evangelism and missions, spiritual warfare, the performing arts and much more. This is followed by a 6-8 week outreach phase to several countries where you will share God’s love to others through the powerful tool of the arts.


The school starts this July 2011, so apply soon! Contact the school at

partsasiaatyahoodotcom and/or visit their website at:




7) New Book by Willis/Snowden tells the “Truth that Sticks” —

NavPress has published “Truth That Sticks” by Avery T. Willis, Jr., and Mark Snowden, to address making disciples of those who might be able to read, but don’t. Today in America, half of the people won’t or don’t read that much. Avery died July 30 just as this book arrived from the printers, so it has become a legacy edition. Although the book is co-written, it is set in Avery’s voice, telling his story. Included in the book is Real Life Ministries, a church in Idaho that infused Bible Storying into their home groups with remarkable results. Learn to…

• Use Bible Storying to effectively make disciples at all levels

• Unite families by using fun methods to disciple children

• Revitalize small groups

• Develop a disciplemaking church

Order at…


8) Evangelistic or Disciple-making Books at Low Price —

Prayer Fellowship Intl. has published devotionals…

1. 31 Days of Meditation – Enjoy Him Forever, 72 pages.

2. No man spoke like this Man – His Words and Teachings, 112 pages.

3. 31 Days of Miracles – Enjoy His Deeds, 72 pages.

Written and Compiled by a key leader of India Missions Assn. in Hyderabad for 12 years, it’s edited by a lady from Scotland. It’s just

$1 per e-book or paperback (postage extra). For more details or sample pages, please email to

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5) Global Launch of DNA-21 Discipleship Revolution –

This new approach to discipleship is different from the dozens of other discipleship models in that it models love in community. With the Holy Spirit’s gifting and empowerment, Jesus’ plan for discipling all nations is to raise up discipleRs (Robby’s term) to multiply discipleRs who reflect Jesus in the way we disciple our families and friends in community, as the means through which He disciples His body and all nations. To see a local launch of this approach, check out…


for a list of monthly opportunities to come experience this. At that link you can also listen to or download an excellent 20 minute overview of their model. The early registration for the August 25-27th “Global Launch” of “DNA-21 Discipleship Revolution” is July 26th. Learn more at


Only 150 participants will be permitted. If you want in on this, better apply *immediately*. (Thanks for the tip, Robby!)

11) The BackPage: Let’s Give Credit Where Credit is Due

humbleLately, I’ve been thinking about how cool it is to give credit to others. First, it’s the ultimate chance to practice humility (which we all need to do, by the way). Second, it encourages the other guy. And third, it lets everybody else know the truth about where we acquired the cool resource or truth that we’re sharing. People see that and they are immediately encouraged because of the unity and cooperation that is oozing out of us.

So tell me — how did it become so fashionable to be so silent about giving credit. Was it because we wanted to make ourselves look better in everybody else’s eyes? Did we somehow think it would make us look smarter? Hogwash. The ultimate wisdom of all is to recognize our own inadequacies.

So go ahead — shamelessly point out the actual source of that new idea, that new resource, or that new direction you’re heading. You’ll be glad you did. It will feel less like thievery… and more like Jesus.

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