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10) Zúme Project Adds Swahili

Next time you have a sec, if you speak Swahili or know someone who does, stop by…

 

zumeproject.com/

 

and check out the brand new Swahili version of the Zúme Project. Zúme 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. It takes 10 weeks to complete and is completely free of charge because donors have gone before and made possible productions like this new Swahili version. Yay! Thank you to all those who have made this possible!

 

5) Zúme Course Continues Moving Forward (Web-Driven DMM Training)

Most disciple-making movement (DMM) trainers would say that live training is always preferred. But for places and times when you simply can’t go personally, Zúme offers an excellent training option. It’s a web-driven, life-on-life experience among 4 to 12 people, guided by online tools and short (3-5-minute) videos. Over 5,000 people from 107 countries have already registered to check it out. Over 1,000 of those have finished through the 9th session (out of 10), meaning that Zúme has already spun out over 5000 hours of training — and all the training is offered free of charge because of donors and volunteers. The course is already available free of charge in 9 languages, including English, Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Indonesian, Somali, Spanish, Telugu and Thai. Other translations that are very close to finishing include Italian, Swahili, Portuguese, Mandarin, French, and Cantonese. Lao, German, Korean, and Turkish are in the pipeline. If you want to translate Zúme, a kit of help files is available. It can take as little as 3-5 months with the right people. If you’d like to sponsor a translation, the typical cost is around $7500. Learn more and get started in your own sample DMM training group at…

 

zumeproject.com/

 

10) GACX Forum Awaits Your Discovery of Disciple-making Movements (DMM)

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” at…

 

gacx.io/forum2019/

 

11) Enlarged Edition of More Disciples Live on Amazon (Kindle/Printed)

The Revised First (Enlarged) Edition (available now in both print and Kindle) 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. It explicitly contains backdrop information on every tool presented in the Zúme disciple-making movement (DMM) course so it’s designed from the get-go as a great companion guide to Zúme in general. Find the Revised First Edition in print at:

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

Remember — the book’s purchase price could be viewed as a donation to disciple-making movements since any and 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.)

 

10) Fun to Watch this "Disciple-Making Practices" Video…

…not only to make fun of the speaker, but also to realize that, when the video was made (Apr. 18, 2017), researchers were tracking between 100 to 300 disciple-making movements in the entire globe. The last we heard, that number had now swollen to something more than 1000 movements all around the world. Let’s give praise to God for these indicators of rapid and fervent growth, then let’s get busy and join them!

 

14) The Last Bit: "Never a Cold Call Again"

This past month, while visiting with one of our teams in West Africa, I (Doug) was able to talk with a local leader who is being mentored by one of our missionaries there. The team there has been incredibly fruitful. (Last year they baptized 3,511 people and started 794 groups or “micro-churches.”) One stream of believers has multiplied (reproduced) 26 times. I asked what prompted it all. One leader responded to me, “We never have to make a cold call.” He proceeded to tell me about a man who recently knocked on the door of one of the believers there. The visitor asked, “Can you tell me why I felt such a strong compulsion to come and knock on your door?” The believer answered, “Yes! Most definitely,” and proceeded to tell him about Jesus. When we pray, heaven fights our battles for us. We never have to make a cold call again. Remember that next time you’re training others to follow up with inquirers. They’ll never call on a cold call ever again!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.)

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