There are various kinds of small groups. In this 3-minute video, Trainer Curtis Sergeant explains how you can use “Leadership Cells” (three-thirds groups made up mostly of leaders who ‘get the process.” Try it. See if you can catch the strategy.
That’s the opinion of trainer, Curtis Sergeant, anyway. In the video below, Curtis points to the “upside down” nature of many of Jesus’ teachings. He emphasizes knowledge somewhat, but obedience a LOT. He basically asks us to give up the WORLD to follow HIM. But please watch the entire 11 minutes. We believe by the time you get to the end, you’ll be ready to follow Him too.
If you tuned in with Curtis Sergeant for our webinar at noon on Feb. 24, it will come as no shock that Curtis shared a LOT of information. Looking for written summary? So were a lot of others! Well guess what: Elisha is here to serve you! Forgot about the Eastern Time zone thing and mised it? No problem. Elisha’s got your back! Here’s a rough copy of her notes from the meeting. (Thanks Elisha!)
Some people like to have a curriculum for their discovery Bible study (DBS or three-thirds group). If that’s you, try this free curriculum from CityTeam. Just click on each bullet point, then right-click and choose, from the context menu, “Save as…” to save the PDF on your hard drive.
This isn’t a “classic” three-thirds group curriculum, in that there is a more finely-tuned plan, but it might be a great ‘bridge’ to a full three-thirds vision, especially if you’re helping a church adapt its existing small groups over to a full-on three-thirds process.
When considering the efficacy of Kingdom movements, some people pose questions and concerns about heresy? How can we be sure new converts remain true to the word? Curtis explains that, even in traditional church planting, heresies arrive. He also explains why Kingdom Movements might actually be LESS prone to heresy. Check it out:
Many people ask, “How does rapid growth take place in these Kingdom movements?” One of the genius concepts behind these movements is the simple idea that every member needs to be willing to serve as part of two churches: The ‘home’ church or group, as well as a NEW group that each member is also starting. It’s like a river splitting many times over as it forms its delta. Sound confusing? Curtis explains:
There are many purposes one can pursue while prayer-walking, but for the purposes of the 30-Day Challenge, we’re hoping participants can be involved in …
- Building relationships in the community in which you hope to multiply disciples
- Discerning prayer needs
- Asking God to begin working directly within the hearts of your new friends
- What we’re doing is asking God, through prayer, to help us communicate the gospel. In this 3-minute video, Jon and Doug share how God can work through prayer to make that happen.
Here are some tips you can use to get started:
- Schedule the time. If you don’t put a prayer walk on the schedule, you’ll rarely take one.
- Plan the route.
- Dress appropriately.
- As a general rule, don’t stop walking to pray. There might be exceptions, for example, if you walk past a vista or a particular view of the community as a whole. Praying for the neighborhood from a mountain top is a very meaningful experience.
- Pray with your eyes open as you walk. To outsiders your prayer walk should look like two people talking as they walk through a neighborhood.
- Take a camera (or use your phone). You may want to take a couple of pics as you walk to include in your prayer updates. Obviously, be sensitive to those who might not want to be in your picture!
- Take a notebook. When God tells you something, stop at a bench or in a coffee shop and write it down. You don’t want to forget it.
What do you pray? Curtis Sergeant articulates one line of thinking quite well in this little video, “Eyes to See where the Kingdom Isn’t.” He talks about creating a ‘map’ of the spiritual centers in a particular neighborhood or region. The ‘gaps’ between those centers are the places where the Kingdom isn’t… the “lost sheep,” one might say.
Here are some activities common to prayer walking
- Praise: Glorify God and offer up praise to Him as you walk. The Lord inhabits the praises of His people. God’s presence fills the area when we praise and the demons flee.
- Prayer: God can do anything He wants but He chooses to use the prayers of Christians as the vessel for releasing His power in the spiritual realm.
- Proclamation: Share the gospel with those the Spirit puts in your place.
Check out Curtis Sergeant’s “Eyes to See” video for more ideas.
In this 30-minute presentation, Doug Lucas dares a college campus to initiate a disciple making movement throughout their student body. (This video was recorded during the student assembly at Kentucky Christian University on January 19, 2016.)
Interestingly (in a dark sort of way), in addition to finding links to prayer, researchers of Kingdom movements have also found links to persecution. In other words, in the vast majority of rapidly-growing movements toward Christ, believers were experiencing persecution because of their decision to follow Jesus. Curtis explains:
Researchers have observed that no Kingdom movement has yet happened in all history without being preceded by extraordinary prayer. What’s more, a disciple worth multiplying always seems to be a person who excels in prayer. Listen as Curtis explains.
A disciple worth multiplying figures out how to feed himself (herself) on the Word of God without having to depend on a pastor or anyone else to speak or teach. Listen to Curtis’ explanation why.
Jesus told his disciples that if they came across a house which welcomed them, to grant their blessing on that house — and let your peace reside there. DMM trainers often instruct us to look for those whom God has prepared… those who welcome us to help them transform both personally, as well as corporately. Listen as Curtis Sergeant explains.
Trainers in the art of launching disciple making movements often speak about a concept known as “relational stewardship.” The idea is — no one, regardless of his or her relationship with Christ, lives 100% of the time for the Lord, with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength. So EVERYONE can use encouragement and upbuilding. Check out this explanation by Curtis Sergeant.
Love means obedience. We see it in the life of Abraham. We see it again in Caleb, who said, “We CAN take this land — if God is with us.” Hebrews 11, that great “hall of faith” chapter, is FULL of people who demonstrated immediate, radical, costly obedience (IRCO). Listen as Curtis Sergeant describes it.
Prayer Walking isn’t new. But the idea of prayer walking as evangelism is perhaps just a bit more of a recent development. Listen as Jon R. and Doug L. share their perspectives.
In many ways, much of our thinking about disciple making movements (DMM’s) traces back to David Garrison’s research on church planting movements (CPM’s). Read his book, entitled, appropriately enough, Church Planting Movements, here. (We’re grateful that he subscribes to the axiom, “Freely you have received, freely you should give.” Thanks to Dr. David Garrison for his willingness to give away his research for the good of the Kingdom.)
Brigada asked, “Is this the most encouraging video of the decade?” The talk in question is this one (below), by Dr. David Garrison. He delivered it at Finishing the Task 2015 at Saddleback Church. Many considered it the most exciting address of the entire conference. Check it out for yourself.
We feature this video by Penn Jillette on the main page for Day 17, “The Basis for Disciplemaking.” We include it again here, in this post, so it will show up in the ‘blog’ index with all the other videos. It features Penn Jillette, an avowed atheist, explaining how he viewed a person who handed him a Bible. Although Penn remained an atheist, he actually ended up respecting the “proselytizer” more because his act of giving the Bible represented true care and concern. In fact he essentially adds, “If you see a Mack truck heading for a guy in the street, but the guy won’t listen to you, even though he doesn’t believe the truck is coming, as it gets closer, there comes a point that you finally just tackle the guy to push him out of the way. If you truly believe I’m headed to a literal place called Hell, and if Hell is as bad as you say, how much do you have to hate me not to tell me about it? So now, as I think this through, I actually have deep respect for the Proselytizers. And now, I have little to no respect for those who keep silent. THEY are the hypocrites.” Insightful. Provocative. Take a listen for yourself: