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Part of Two Churches

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In the book, More Disciples, we write about being “Part of Two Churches” (pages 64-66 in the Revised First Edition). As each day passes, this seems more and more significant, if not imperative, for all of us to master.

Think about it. We will all (hopefully?) settle into a “My Spiritual Family” type church… Some are now referring to them as a micro-church. What is a micro-church  — or a “My Spiritual Family” style of church? It’s a “simple church” — where everyone knows your name. You live life together and tackle life’s challenges together for years at a time. You pray for one another, see each other through tragedy and triumph.

But if we all “just stay in the comfortable zone,” no one will ever start new groups. So we need to master the art of being “part of two churches.” Here’s an example.

Last week, we invited my buddy from soccer — his name is Joe. Even when I invited him, I was straight with him: “Joe, you’ve now accepted Christ. (He was baptized around the fourth time he studied with us.) You know, it’s time you could start a group of your own.” He actually liked the sound of that. He responded, “I try to attend big churches. But they just don’t feel relevant for what I need right now.” I asked him to attend our “My Spiritual Family” church (a micro-church kind of thing) for 3 weeks. I also asked him to start weekly peer mentoring (peer coaching) with me as well. (We don’t charge for those sessions, obviously. Freely we have received, freely we give.) After three sessions, we’re going to help Joe start a new group of his own. He’ll attract his own “spiritual family.” He’ll reproduce on his own. And then, we’ll do our best to help him continue to chain forward.

Do you have a “My spiritual family” or micro-church with which you can meet? Are you able to be “part of two churches?” Do you need help making all this happen? Try ordering the book.

Join us for peer mentoring (peer coaching). Did you know that studies have shown that, to really multiply into a movement, most workers need to be involved in a peer mentoring group. If you’d like to join one, just contact us. Just click “Comment” below and we’ll be glad to help! God bless you — and good luck being “part of two churches!”

 

Questions for Discussion from the Book, More Disciples

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The Revised and Enlarged Version of More Disciples (now available at Amazon) adds significant text, including Questions for Discussion. For the benefit of any who bought the “1.0” version of the book, we’re including those questions here in full so you don’t miss out.


Chapter 1

Why Make More Disciples

  1. How might you have previously answered the question, “What is a disciple?” Do you agree or disagree with the definition provided in this chapter?
  2. How did you view disciple-making before reading this chapter? Compare and contrast your prior understanding with any nuances you’ve picked up from this reading.
  3. This chapter pointed to the fact that the early church seemed all the more to thrive in the midst of persecution. Would you say there is persecution where you will be making disciples? Has the church thrived? Offer some theories as to why or why not?
  4. How might you have previously explained the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15? As a result of reading this chapter, how has your understanding changed, if at all?
  5. If a friend were to ask, “Does making more disciples somehow add to the global voice offering glory to God,” how would you answer? Explain the basis of your position.

 

Chapter 2

A Way Forward

  1. Roland Allen’s books weren’t published until some 50 years after he wrote them. Why do you suppose it took a while for others to see value in his writings? (Try doing some research online about this question.)
  2. Some have ventured that Patterson’s approach was remarkably similar to CPM/DMM approaches used today — and it was plainly very effective for his time. Yet it can be said that relatively few churches/workers implemented his strategies. Why do you think it’s seemingly difficult for churches and leaders to change the way they do disciple-making? How might we shift the future?
  3. McGavran witnessed whole villages and sometimes entire districts coming to Christ at once. Try to picture being involved in something like that. How would it change the way you felt about evangelism and church growth? Explain.
  4. Pick one of Garrison’s universal elements that you believe is commonly misunderstood or about which people today have a misconception. Offer some ideas as to why.
  5. Garrison is a researcher. He found that the 10 Universal Elements were present in every movement toward Christ that he studied. How many of these elements might exist in the church that you attend or in the field where you hope to make disciples? How might you be a part of changing the future there?

 

Chapter 3

Disciple-Making Works

  1. Describe the growth you’ve seen so far in the church you attend or in the field where you hope to make disciples. Compare or contrast this with the case studies illustrated in this chapter. Why might God bring about such movements in one part of the world but not in another? Explain as best you can.
  2. Some of these stories seem almost beyond belief. Yet researchers like Garrison have actually visited and verified the fruit. Imagine how you might feel as you interview members of the 27th generation of disciples in a rapidly-growing movement toward Christ. How would that impact your faith in or walk with Christ? Explain.
  3. Does it bother you that the Global South might end up sending more missionaries than historically mission-active regions like the USA, Europe and Australia? Why or why not?
  4. Does it bother you that the church is growing faster in the Global South than in the Global North? Offer some of your own theories as to why this might be taking place.
  5. Do you believe movements like these can happen in North America? Why or why not?

 

Chapter 4

Prayer is the Catalyst

  1. If Jesus wants all people to be saved, why do you think prayer seems to be a universal element in launching disciple-making movements? Why do you think God seemingly waits on us to pray?
  2. How might we motivate believers to understand the potential power behind prayer? How could you do so for the initiatives that you are imagining for the church you attend or the place where you hope to make disciples?
  3. If you were asked to pray for an unreached people group, never before engaged with the Good News, what would be some of your requests to God?
  4. Take a moment to look up an unreached people group at www.JoshuaProject.net. Read about their needs and the opportunities for the Good News to spread there. Now take a few minutes actually to put into practice the concept of praying for the people about whom you’re reading.

 

Chapter 5

Obedience as the Command

  1. Describe a church you have previously attended. (It could be your home church or the one you attend now.) In what ways do you feel this church has emphasized knowledge and attendance? In what ways has this church emphasized obedience and accountability?
  2. Now that you’ve read this chapter, if it were up to you to design the perfect church, how might you recommend that we do church differently? (Note: Please avoid “trashing the bride of Christ.” Please give respect to the church leaders who have gone before us and have done the best they can with what they understood.)
  3. Have you seen churches which have emphasized teaching knowledge more than requiring obedience? If so, in your opinion, what is the root cause for this behavior?
  4. This chapter compared obedience to breathing. What was difficult or helpful for you in looking at obedience in this way? If possible, explain your answer by giving an example?
  5. This chapter opens the door to the concept that we might hear God’s voice in the present rather than merely in the past. Is this concept troubling or encouraging to you? Do you agree or disagree with the idea?

 

Chapter 6

Discovery-based Learning as the Method

  1. Assess why discovery-based learning might provide a better solution for training leaders in a fast-growing movement? Has your church or organization tried to use this approach? If not, venture guesses as to why not.
  2. Some have said that utilizing the same set of questions about each new Bible passage would become formulaic (the pattern would “get old” or become too mechanical rather quickly). Do you agree or disagree?
  3. What would it mean to you to study the Bible using discovery-based learning? Would you feel you were somehow “missing out” on the insights of a great teacher that you respect or know? Explain.
  4. You’ve probably heard before that “active learning” increases our chances of retaining information. Yet, would you agree or disagree – most churches have retained the form of teaching known as “the sermon.” Offer some best guesses about why the church has retained this approach down through the centuries. Does it create a moral dilemma for you to ponder the possibility of transforming this approach to a new paradigm?
  5. For you personally, does it bother you that discovery-based learning isn’t mentioned per se in the Bible?

 

Chapter 7

Peer Accountability

  1. Perhaps you’ve already participated in a Bible study in which you were held accountable to make decisions about your actions then follow through with them. (If not, then try to imagine it.) Does it – or would it – annoy you to have someone ask you, the following week, if you followed through? Explain.
  2. The author held that accountability works not because we want to look good (pride), but rather, because we don’t want to look bad (disobedience). Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
  3. This chapter gave some very practical ways to implement accountability at the close of a Bible study. Analyze for your life – does this concept seem too rigid or cult-like to you? Why or why not?
  4. This chapter provided an example of a Bible figure sharing his plans or next steps prior to implementing them. Do you agree or disagree that this is an example of peer accountability? Why or why not?

 

Chapter 8

Multiplying Groups

  1. This chapter doesn’t criticize a church for meeting in large gatherings. Rather, it points to a way forward that focuses on multiplication rather than addition. Can you think of an example of this in a church or campus ministry that you’ve attended? How might multiplication be a help?
  2. Think hard about your own life. This chapter speaks of regularly being part of two churches – one church or group for our own spiritual worship and a second church or group that we’re helping launch. Ponder this thought for your own life. What would it take for you to implement this concept?
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of a church or group that you’ve attended compared to the paradigm presented in this chapter. Compare and contrast.
  4. Assume for a moment that multiplication is the best way forward. How might we help the church at large to grasp this paradigm and do it?

 

Chapter 9

Maximizing Fruit

  1. Compare and contrast the “SOAPS” Bible study approach to the one you’re using now. What are the advantages or disadvantages of each?
  2. Do you believe that being in an accountability group (such as the one described in this chapter) would be helpful for the typical believer? Do you think the typical believer is in such a group? If not, can you venture some guesses as to why or why not?
  3. What would concern you most about participating in a 3/3 group, as described in this chapter? Explain what you think might be some benefits and also some risks.
  4. This chapter offered two key approaches for increasing our own involvement in prayer. (Can you remember them both?) How do these approaches compare or contrast with typical prayer approaches used in churches you’ve attended? Give examples.
  5. Consider the town, city, people group, or country where your church is located or where you hope to make disciples. How does it change the way you think to ask the question, “What’s it going to take for all these people to hear the Good News and follow Jesus?”

 

Chapter 10

Im pacts on Disciple-Making

  1. Offer some of your best guesses as to why you believe the church seems to flourish in the midst of persecution.
  2. Examine your own life and the amount of time you have to add activities or approaches. When you read the ideas in this book and process the time it would take to implement them, is it sobering for you? Why or why not? How will you personally decide about your time priorities?
  3. Have you ever experienced cross-cultural confusion or “shock?” Give an example.
  4. The author wrote in this chapter that the church can expand rapidly within a common language and/or culture. Is there a language or cultural group that you wish could know and follow Jesus? If so, describe it.
  5. This chapter presents the concept of filtering for a “person of peace” to help introduce you to another culture. Have you ever experienced anything like this (someone introducing you to a new group or crowd)? If so, describe how it worked. Analyze how it might work with the Good News of Jesus.

 

Chapter 11

Templates for Training

  1. This chapter provides several formats for introducing CPM/DMM strategies in your church or in the place where you hope to make disciples. Imagine for a moment… why would you think the author would offer these formats? What were his intentions? In your opinion, are those intentions valid? Most importantly, how effective would you say his proposed formats might be in your church or in the place where you hope to make disciples?
  2. Evaluate the question: “Is it sneaky to start the organic way?” (In other words, must we gain the approval of our church or organization’s leaders in order to experiment/experience CPM/DMM approaches?)
  3. In your opinion, does the multiplicative approach remind you of network marketing? How is it similar? How is it different? Does it bother you to think of Jesus as asking us to “market” (i.e., persuade people to follow) the Good News? Why or why not?
  4. In your experience, where do these ever-expanding chains break down? In other words, offer some guesses as to what might sabotage a movement.
  5. Based on your learning style, would you rather be involved in a “live training” with an “expert” (an experienced disciple-maker) or would you be comfortable using a web-driven tool like Zúme as your learning approach? Explain.

 

Chapter 12

Tools and Tips for Im plementers

  1. This chapter presents 17 tools or tips for those wishing to launch CPM/DMM in their particular context. Pick out the top three approaches that would seem the most practical and effective for you, in your church or context. Explain why you chose those three.
  2. Consider the idea of making a list of people for whom you will pray. Does it bother you to think you might be on such a list (that someone else made)? Explain why or why not.
  3. For your learning style and preferences, would you rather learn “Creation to Judgment” (C2J) or the Three Circles Life Conversation? Explain why. What would it take for you to learn such a tool well? Would it be helpful? If so, what’s stopping you?
  4. This chapter mentioned that it might feel, at first, intimidating to think of baptizing someone. Does it seem that way to you? Why or why not?
  5. Is it hard for you to lead others? (For example, are you afraid you’re not good enough to do so?) Explain your answer by referencing the section, “Duckling Discipleship.”

 

Chapter 13

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. This chapter attempts to discuss how CPM/DMM views the existing church. Explain why that question is difficult to answer. (Hint: Remember that “CPM/DMM” isn’t an organization but an organic collection of strategies and life practices.) In light of what you’ve now learned (or learned previously) about CPM/DMM, how do you view the existing church. (Remember — never trash the bride of Christ.) In an ideal world, what would be your perfect design for the church?
  2. Sometimes in the past, the idea of “discipleship” has meant other things than the way the term “disciple-making” is being used in CPM/DMM world. Compare and contrast with some of the meanings you’ve heard previously. How is the CPM/DMM usage helpful or not helpful? Why?
  3. This chapter pointed out that some CPM/DMM trainers emphasize only baptizing groups (never individuals). How do you feel about this idea? This chapter asserted that the Bible gave examples of instances in which individuals were allowed to come to Christ as individuals. Do you agree or disagree? How do you reconcile these two seeming contradictions between some trainers’ philosophy and these case studies from the Bible?
  4. Analyze the difference between emphasizing “works” and accountability (in CPM/DMM strategies). How do you feel about the difference?
  5. Do you think CPM/DMM will, in the end, be a fad? Give your reasoning.

 

Chapter 14

A Call for Unity

  1. Try to think of an example of a new product or movement that began with one individual or one company. In those cases, how did it help or hurt the promotion and acceptance of that product or movement? In your opinion, how does it help or hurt that CPM/DMM strategy wasn’t “invented” or isn’t shepherded, as such, by any one person or organization?
  2. At this point in your understanding of implementing CPM/DMM strategy and life practices, would you rather be bold in your proclamation? … or do you see yourself more “laid back?” How will you react when you meet someone who feels it’s imperative to be more forthright in one’s presentation of the Good News? Explain why.
  3. Can you think of any other examples in which Godly men and women have disagreed about doctrine or biblical approaches? Name a couple and give examples of how this has helped or hurt the growth in Kingdom of God worldwide.

 

Chapter 15

Epilogue: Understanding Faithfulness

  1. Curtis Sergeant feels that two ideas have caused a number of problems in the church today. Which do you think has caused more problems than the other and why?
  2. Does it bother you to consider that you might be following someone who is still “learning to ride a bike?” (In other words, could you see yourself following an imperfect mentor?) Explain your answer.
  3. There have been some disturbing studies recently, like the one referenced in this chapter by Lifeway Research. Can you remember any recent findings about Christendom that shocked you? For example, something about a certain generation falling away or a study about how many people can’t remember what the Great Commission is? How can you reconcile these findings with our current method of discipling believers? In other words, what has gone wrong? How would you fix things if you were in charge?
  4. Where are you on the spectrum of knowledge versus practice? For example, do you believe God can work through a new believer to win or teach others? Why or why not?
  5. This chapter emphasizes a humble spirit for all teachers. Can you remember a preacher or pastor who seemed a bit prideful? How did it impact your willingness to listen and obey?

 

Wrapping up

Questions for Discussion about the book as a whole:

  1. What did you find most interesting in this book? What did you like?
  2. What did you find most difficult? What caused you the most confusion?
  3. What did you learn about people in this book?
  4. What did this book teach you about God?
  5. Is there anything in this book that you feel called to obey? What will you do about the things you’ve learned? What will be your next step? How will you begin implementing these teachings? Explain.
  6. Is there someone you might be able to train about any of these concepts? (Please write down a name.) Who can you tell that might hold you accountable to do that?
  7. With whom can you share this book and these teachings?

Integrating “Shema Statements” into Your Daily Life

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[The following is adapted from the Appendix of the Revised First Edition of the new book, More Disciples, available today on Amazon or Kindle.*) One of the hardest parts about launching a disciple-making life is getting from “Hello” to a spiritual conversation or group. Statements like these (below) can help you steer the subject toward spiritual things and even “filter” to see if your friend or listener is open to hearing spiritual things. Some call these “Shema” statements. (Shema is the Aramaic word for “Listen.” It’s the opening word in Deuteronomy 4, “Hear oh Israel…”)

 

In addition, statements like these can help others realize that you are a genuinely a person of faith. As a result, if/when they have a problem or feel troubled someday, they might remember that you are a Godly person and come to you seeking spiritual help. If they have a dream with some kind of deeper meaning (maybe a spiritual meaning?), for example, or if they feel at the end of their rope, they might ask for guidance. Of course, these statements only work if you’re truly authentic from the inside out in your love and speech. On top of all that, they help us establish more courage in bringing up God in our everyday conversations. Try setting a goal to use one Shema statement per day.

 

Here are a bunch of samples to get you started. You’ll soon be thinking of others on the spot.

  • “I read something that seems hard for me to obey in the Bible today”.
  • “I wonder how (a religious behavior) connects to __ (a heart issue)?”
  • Verbally long for the day when ugly things will be swept away when Jesus returns.
  • “God speaks to me in prayer or through his Word.”
  • “I was having a hard time with _ (an issue), so I _ (a spiritual solution).”
  • “I asked God for help and He…”
  • Ask questions like, “How do you show love to God?” or “What was the last thing you heard from God?”
  • “I read a wonderful story today. May I tell you?”
  • “God taught me something today.”
  • “I read something really interesting about God today.”
  • “God is light, and he shines into the dark places of my heart.”
  • “Do you think God could stop all of the bloodshed in…?”
  • “Did you ever have a dream from God?”
  • Use a Proverb to apply to a current situation.
  • “How should a person of God act here?”
  • Thank God for something difficult.
  • “Do you think God cares about….?”
  • “God wants to walk with me so I walk with Him.”
  • “I believe only with God there is hope for….”
  • When telling your children’s names, or your own name, share the meaning.
  • Mention something that you prayed for and how it was answered.
  • Response to a social issue.
  • “Jesus dealt with and said some interesting things about it.” “As I was praying for you today I sensed God…” “I feel encouraged about something that I learned about God.” If you are by the sand or looking at stars in the sky, reminisce about God’s blessing to Abraham. “God healed my friend.” “I feel sad when I see trash, because God created the earth.” “I was reading today and God reminded me…” “I am thankful for ________. What are you thankful for?”
  • “God hates injustice and he has a lot to say about it.”
  • “Do you know which day God created…?”
  • Context = complaining about their country… “It doesn’t matter which country you are in but to be where God wants you to be.” “I know this is a place of great conflict and God wants you to experience peace.”
  • “Can I tell you a story?”
  • “I don’t need _____ to protect me. I pray for God to protect me.”
  • Children: “Blessing and hard work make me rely more on God.”
  • Spouse: “God will give me a wife in just the right time.”
  • In response to not having children… “Marriage is a picture of Jesus and His church.”
  • “Yes, I miss home, but God meets me in my loneliness. God will never leave me nor forsake me.
  • “What is most important to you?”
  • “What do you think are the most important values you can give to your children?”
  • “When did you feel most safe or secure?”
  • “Can we pray for this meal?”
  • “Can we please bless your home or your family?”

(*These sample statements adapted from the list accessed at https://www.jeannie-marie.com/articles-and-resources/2017/11/fifteen-shema-statements-you-can-say on April 10, 2019. Adapted with permission of the author.)

29) Practices

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What are the key components of a Disciple-Making Movement, or “DMM?” What if we told you it was an iPppod? Listen to this podcast and see if you can figure out what an iPppod has to do with a DMM?


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28) Prius

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In this, the 28th edition of MoreDisciples Podcast, Doug interviews Roy Moran, then Doug & Eric try to digest everything they learn about hybrid churches — those congregations trying to combine traditional beachhead church approaches with disciple making movement approaches. Here’s a worksheet mentioned during the podcast on 7 Journeys.


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27) Tsunami

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In this, Episode 27 of MoreDisciples Podcast, we interview Jim Yost of Indonesia. He recounts a life-changing and cataclysmic event which set him on a path that has taken him into a ministry he could never have imagined.


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26) New Wineskins

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The three-thirds group concept is so radically different, it actually can’t be referred to as a Bible study (only). It does CONTAIN Bible study moments, but it’s so much more. And, as we find in this 26th edition of the MoreDisciples Podcast, featuring an actual three-thirds group demonstration (taking place in a home of members at New Hope Christian Church in Whitestown, IN), it just might be a medium that God’s Spirit could use to sweep the nation… and maybe the world.


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25) Wired for This

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In this 25th episode of More Disciples, the podcast, we interview “Mac,” Lisa, and Bob — 3 members of a megachurch in Florida who are on the hunt for something more. They see that we’ve “academic-ized” Christianity by packaging it as a product and they’re searching for something different. They want to be engaged. They just want to know how.

 


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24) WWDJD

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Here’s the 24th edition of MoreDisciples.com, the podcast. Welcome. In this edition, we interview a specialist in Disciple Making Movement (DMM) principles AND we process that intro through the lense of “What do we DO about it?” And, in particular, we ask, “What would a DJ Do? (WWDJD) To learn more, just have a listen to this podcast — or take a look at this PDF handout about the case study. Thanks for being a part!

 


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22) PayDay

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Mike Squires was a long-time missionary in West Africa, helping with a disciple making movement (DMM) effort that has achieved amazing results. By the end of November, 2016, after Mike’s team had been focusing on DMM principles for just 27 months, God had raised up over 650 souls to be baptized, worshiping in 187 groups or “simple churches,” banded together with a total of 2,000 in attendance in all. But this story, “Payback,” is the story of honoring Mike for paying the ultimate sacrifice — giving his LIFE for the Cause. (Mike died of a very serious infection sustained while working in West Africa, after having fought a seven-day battle in a local hospital there. Thank you, Mike Squires, and all those like you, who have given their lives for making disciples who make disciples.

21) Rob Jankowski: Relational Stewardship / Chat

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In this, the 21st episode of the More Disciples podcast, we join Rob Jankowski at a training program with the church he leads, New Hope Christian Church in Whitestown, Indiana. He explains relational stewardship and also “CHAT.”

Also, check out these resources for CHAT:
Background for CHAT groups
CHAT Group Questions
CHAT for Children

20) Rob Jankowski – a Vision for Multiplication

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In this, our 20th episode of MoreDisicples Podcast, we visit New Hope Christian Church in Whitestown, IN, where Rob Jankowski (not to be confused with the baseball player, TRAVIS Jankowski), is once again casting the vision for making disciples who multiply into other disciples. Rob has helped the New Hope church RADICALLY embrace a DMM model, and since doing so, groups within the church have grown from 11 to 26 and attendance is now 600 disciple makers.

19) Dean Trune: How God Communicates

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In this, our 19th episode of More Disciples Podcast, we feature Dean Trune, Director of Intentional Impact Ministries, speaking on the topic of “Understanding How God Communicates.” He originally delivered this address at a recent Prayer Weekend we staged at Emerald Hills, Team Expansion’s sending base in Louisville, KY.

16) Dean Trune: “Living on Our Mission Field”

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Dean Trune is the Director of Intentional Impact Ministries. He spoke recently at a PrayerWeekend staged at Team Expansion’s base, Emerald Hills, in Louisville, Kentucky. In this, our 16th Episode of MoreDisciples Podcast, we feature his opening session, “Living on our Mission Field.”

15) Launching a DMM on a University campus

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In this, our 15th podcast edition at More Disciples, we share with Eric (“JED”) (last name withheld for security reasons) what happened at a university this past Sunday night… and how we hope (and pray) that God will launch a disciple making movement there.

14) The “Let it Start with Me” Song

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In this, the 14th Edition of More Disciples Podcast, Doug Lucas brings Allan up to date on a recent Sunday with a racially mixed church on the west side of Indianapolis, Indiana. On the morning he visited, the church was staging a special missions day that featured a song called, “Let it Start with Me.”

13) Terry & Amy: Enduring in the Face of Struggle

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In this, Episode 13 of the MoreDisciples Podcast, Allan and I listen to clips from a recent talk with Terry & Amy, who, in the midst of launching a very effective start-up to what appears to be a real disciple making movement, are “Enduring in the Face of Struggle” in Africa.

11) Bryan King: #NoPlaceLeft in Tulsa

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Today’s Podcast features Bryan King, Global Outreach Minister at Cedar Ridge Christian Church and Campus Pastor at their Sapulpa Campus. In this edition, hear Bryan share the latest about a #NoPlaceLeft Disciple Making Movement sweeping through greater Tulsa, OK. Bryan speaks with Doug Lucas, President of Team Expansion.

Welcome to the GCCC 30-Day Challenge!

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Here’s a welcome to this special edition of the 30-Day Challenge, specifically for Garden City Church of Christ (Columbus, IN) from Lead Pastor, Brian Gilroy.

“Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.”  – 1 Peter 5:8
When you decided to take this 30-day challenge, Satan and his cohorts took notice.  Why?  Because they know if you are successful many other individuals will come to faith in Christ.  Satan will do anything to prevent that from happening.  Therefore, your challenge for day 1 is to find someone who will stand beside you in prayer.  You need a dedicated prayer warrior to lift you up for 30 days.

Optional Homework:
If you haven’t yet viewed this 4 minute video (below) introducing disciple making movements, please watch it now to catch a vision for where we hope to go during these next 30 days. Either way, feel free to email or call us at the church office if you have any questions about this initiative. And thanks for taking part in the 30-Day Challenge!

10) David the Translator

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In this Episode 10 of our More Disciples Podcast, we meet David Chicaguala, who, among other things, spent 6 years on board the ship, Doulos. The Doulos is a very special vessel, operated by Operation Mobilization as an outreach to ports, cities, and regions throughout the maritime world. In this podcast, hear his conclusion that we have to restore the primacy of prayer to launch effective disciple making movements today and in the future.

8) David Platt on “Why Some Aren’t Making More Disciples”

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Why don’t some believers make disciples? Our friends at our companion site, www.AntiochJourney.com , referred us to the following explanation, by David Platt.

If you’d prefer, catch the audio from the above David Platt talk via our podcast.

5) David Watson on “How to get Your Church Involved in Multiplying Disciples”

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On March 16th, 2016, we featured the third webinar in the series, “How to get Your Church Involved in Disciple Making.” This edition was entitled, “My Friend Just Asked, ‘What About God?’ – Now What?” and it featured David Watson, author of Contagious Disciple Making, and DMM trainer with CityTeam and Doug Lucas, discussing…

  • Getting from “Hi” to DBS
  • Getting from DBS do DMM

3) Harry Brown on “How To Get Your Church Involved in Multiplying Disciples”

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“How To Get Your Church Involved in Disciple Making” first took place as a webinar on January 20, 2016. It featured Harry Brown, VP of International Ministry at Cityteam, and Doug Lucas, President of Team Expansion discussing…

  • What is a disciple and
  • How to become a disciple worth multiplying.

Garrison: “T4T is the Most Powerful Church-Planting Tool in the World”

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David Garrison has said, “T4T is the most powerful church-plnating tool in the world.” He made this observation after seeing the tool at work in his own ministry in India. He has also conducted some 1000+ interviews in over 40 countries all over the world in his church planting research. He literally “wrote the book” on “Church Planting Movements” (that’s the title, by the way) AND his most recent work, “A Wind in the House of Islam,” reinforced the conclusion, even among Muslims.

So what exactly IS T4T? You can learn a lot by visiting the T4TOnline website. But we’ll admit, getting your arms around the whole T4T vision is a bit like figuring out “what is DMM.” The truth is, they’re kind of the same, when you get down to it. Those closest to Ying Kai (the man who has inspired the T4T vision) have observed that his work and his understanding of T4T began in a training session on DMM by Curtis Sergeant.

Watch the complete video archive of the webinar that featured David Garrison talking about T4T. Here’s a copy of the Powerpoint for that webinar and the Notes in PDF form.

Oikos Mapping

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In this brief video by Chuck Wood, we learn about Oikos mapping, especially as it relates to praying for those we haven’t met yet — and for those we HAVE met who are still far from God.

3 Circle Evangelistic Tool

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Sitting here listening to our trainer explain the 3-circle evangelistic tool. Love it. Our trainer, Rob Jankowski, adds a fourth circle, connecting all three “original” circles, showing that the individual is sent back into the world to reproduce. He also does a full section of a circle on baptism. Using DMM approaches, Rob’s church, the New Hope Christian Church just northwest of Indianapolis, IN, has grown from 11 groups to 28 groups in just six months.

Was St. Francis of Assisi a Sissy?

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Now at all! But the quote that is sometimes attributed to him (see the video below) might not have even been said by him at all! Some people think he didn’t say anything AT ALL like that. Besides, maybe if we followed the quote, we wouldn’t be telling quite the whole story anyway. To learn more, watch the video below.

Watson Scripture List

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David Watson is famous for urging that, when starting a disciple making movement in a new culture, one should always create lists of relevant and life-impacting scriptures for the discovery Bible studies in that culture. His strong opinion (does he have any opinions otherwise? : ) ) is that these scriptures should be custom-created for each context. That’s why he’s so reluctant to release general lists: for fear that others will simply copy those lists and re-use them at large. But, at the request of some of our participants here at MoreDisciples.com, we twisted his arm and asked him to provide a few lists as templates so we could all get an idea of what he means. Here’s a pdf with a sampling of some of his lists — as templates for your context. : )

http://moredisciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/watson_scripture_lists.pdf

Designing a Hybrid Church

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Currently, I’m really interested in understanding how to integrate DMM principles in an existing (traditional, program-driven) church. How would that work? Jon Ralls recommended this article for starters. We’ve attached it to begin the discussion.

So my initial questions are:

  • What are the essentials to include in a four-lesson compressed introduction to Disciple Making Movement principles?
  • How do we connect the dots to the REST of the story (possibly through something like the 30-Day Challenge)?
  • How do we hold one another accountable actually to IMPLEMENT as well as LEARN?
  • How will we measure our outcomes and progress?

So let’s start with those. Anybody have any feedback?

How to Remember Prayer Requests

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During a recent webinar, a participant asked, “Is there some easy way to remember major themes in praying for individuals?”

We’re just brainstorming here — but, if the disciple maker carries a small calendar or notebook (e.g., a “Day-timer”), why not set aside a special page or section in back. And if the disciple maker carries a smartphone (e.g., an iPhone), why not use a “note” or a page in an app like Evernote? That way, one can always go back to it as needed. Microsoft recently made OneNote completely free to all. It allows for tabs, and pages within those tabs. Set up a system that works for you and you’ll be in business in no time.

Learn more about OneNote here: https://www.onenote.com/

Paradigm Shift

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To do DMM, one has to change so many norms — honestly… it’s a game-changer. If you don’t believe it, watch “Paradigm Shifts,” another video in the Engage Africa: Through disciple making movements video series produced by Tekmerion Productions, made possible by Final Command Ministries, in cooperation with CityTeam International. (Thanks to Jerry Trousdale for sharing these with MoreDisciples.com.)

Paradigm-Shift

Networks and Fractals

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Once ‘simple churches’ start to multiply, how do they relate to one another? What does a movement look like, practically? And how are these various “three-thirds groups” or DBSes accountable to one another, if at all? What’s more, what does it look like once a movement spreads across an entire region? Those are the tough questions Curtis Sergeant addresses in the video below.

Expectant Faith

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What God desires, according to His Word, is that we have “expectant faith,” as if we could already SEE what He’s bringing about, even before it comes to pass. If we can muster that kind of faith, we will not only be very optimistic about the future, but, in addition, we’ll be excited about the present. Here’s Curtis Sergeant, trainer in launching disciple making movements, explaining what all this would mean:

“Do we Keep on Praying for the List of 25?”

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Today we received this question from a 30-Day Challenge Participant…

“Hi! I am on day 8 of the challenge now and I had a really good experience on the prayer-walk day.

I have a few questions: Should I keep on praying for the 25 people on the list every day (or was this just for that specific day). Another question; Should I study Mat.5, 6 and 7 every day of the challenge and also 4 different verses each day? Maybe stupid questions but I just want to make sure I do everything correct, and not miss out on anything the Lord has for me.

Blessings, [name withheld  as a courtesy]   (from the Netherlands)

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We answered this participant like this:

[name withheld  as a courtesy ], it was great to hear from you. Congratulations on making it to the 8th day. Keep up the good work, brother.

You asked about the list of 25. This was meant to be a one-time assignment overall, but it WOULD be great to go back and look over the list of 25 occasionally. For example, on your email for TOMORROW, we actually suggest that you pull out that list of 25 and go through it to find someone special. You’ll see that tomorrow.

As for the readings, trainers do recommend that we read 4 to 5 chapters daily — although it wouldn’t have to Matt. 5,6, and 7 EVERY day. But for the “SOAPS” assignment, the sermon on the mount just really works well. See the discussion on Day 20:

http://moredisciples.com/soaps/

You’re doing everything great, brother. Keep it up.

Doug

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