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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.

Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 26

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I’m blogging on behalf of yesterday… I just ran out of time to write about it while it was still yesterday.

My morning started with me texting my friend Morgan who was on my prayer calendar for today.  I’ve been talking with and praying for Morgan a lot lately, but I texted her to see if there was anything new that she needed prayer for. She replied with, “Wow you’re timing is perfect. There actually is and it just popped up…I’m pretty amazed because I was just talking to my Mom about it then you texted me.” I’ve continually been in awe of how God has been working through the prayer calendar in this challenge. I know it can be one of those things that’s easy to forget, but set a reminder in your phone because I’ve just seen God move through it so much and I’d hate for anyone to miss it!

After texting Morgan, I was sitting reading my challenge for the day when my mom walked out and struck up a conversation about the challenge. I have really been encouraging her to do it because my mom is already a disciplemaker and I think the challenge would really just give her new inspiration that she would LOVE. But, she has been going back and forth wondering if she really has time to do it and if she does do it when she should start and when she starts who is God leading to be her prayer partner? I really think that Satan has been trying to distract her with the logistics because we are always at battle, but through our conversation we were able to overcome these doubts and answer her questions. I talked about how the challenges really are doable, the thing that takes me the longest is blogging about them and she isn’t going to blog. Also I love that you can pour as much or as little time into the challenges as you want so if you have more time one day you can use it but if you’re in a crunch then you can still be intentional and do the challenges in a shorter amount of time. Also, after talking with my mom I was able to help her sort through and think about the woman that she will ask to be her prayer partner. I’m excited that my mom has now decided to start the challenge on Monday once we are back from vacation! 😀 I can’t wait to see her grow her disciple making skills and watch God move through her doing the challenge!

Also today’s challenge was to move from one conversation point to the next with someone. We’ve been on vacation with my grandpa and step grandma all week. My conversation with my step grandma has been pretty casual, but this afternoon as everyone else was out at the pool I offered to make her a cup of tea and we began talking about a relative of ours who is getting ready to begin going through chemo therapy. It honestly happened without me even realizing it but then we began talking about her parents who both passed away due to cancer and some of her other close relatives that are going through Chemo now too. We definitely moved into the meaningful conversation category today and it was a sweet time with her.
For my SOAP time today, I looked up Romans Road and began reading through it to work on improving how I tell God’s Story.

Day 26 – Moving from Mundane to Meaningful

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I live in a neighborhood made up of smaller, tightly-spaced homes, with well manicured lawns.  During the summer, especially, people are out working in their flower beds or sitting on front porches.  Most summer evenings in Michigan are spectacular.  Very few of my neighbors are active in a church.  This is my mission field.  Not long ago we invited our neighbors to attend our church Friend Day.  Instead, they went to the zoo.  We’ve got to move beyond, “How ’bout those Tigers?”  Lord, help me get to the question, “How ’bout Jesus?”  How we all need Jesus!

Who are you Battling?

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“For our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”  Ephesians 6:12

Think of the most difficult person, most pressing problem, and/or most overwhelming circumstance you’re facing in your life right now.  Think of several if you like.

Whatever it is you’re thinking about, whether a person or a circumstance – whoever or whatever it is – it is not your real problem.  Hear that again:  IT is NOT your REAL problem.  The most troubling things in your life, things that you perceive with your five physical senses, are not your real issue.  Though you may be wrestling with them verbally, emotionally, financially, even physically, you are wasting your precious time and energy that needs to be reserved for the real culprit – the one who is behind the scenes, striving to direct the details of some of your most acute difficulties.  Everything that occurs in the visible, physical world is directly connected to the wrestling match being waged in the invisible, spiritual world.  Sounds like a movie, huh?

But Paul’s words, directly out of Ephesians, tell us that we wrestle not against man but with the ruler of this world which is Satan.

Your real enemy – the devil – wants you to ignore the spiritual reality behind the physical one.  Because as long as you’re focused on what you can see with your physical eyes, he can continue to run rampant underneath the surface.  The more you disregard him, the more damage he is free to do.  The enemy may be invisible, but he is not fictional.  He is very real, and very persistent, waging war against us constantly.
Our enemy celebrates lethargic Christian living.  When we’re giving up on relationships, disregarding the purity of our reputations, yielding to our appetites without putting up much, if any, resistance, he can basically go unchecked.  Ultimately, the enemy can hamstring the church from achieving the purposes of God.  That’s why he works so hard to beat you down with discouragement.  Make you discontent.  Lie to you about who God is, causing you to doubt the Lord’s all-good intentions toward you.  Hammer you with accusations that place a burden of shame and guilt on your shoulders too heavy to carry.  Trick you into thinking your situation will never change, and that God doesn’t hear you or care when you call out to Him.  Soon your fire of passion starts to burn low.  You become disinterested.  Low in spiritual fiber.  Your spiritual armor goes unworn and unused.

Now you’re exactly where the enemy wants you – where you no longer want to fight for peace and passion in your marriage, where you no longer believe your child can be restored, where you no longer hope for healing in your body, where you no longer see any path to freedom from your addictions, where you just don’t see the purpose in praying anymore….so you don’t.   You don’t ask or seek or knock.

Did you know that more than 4,000 churches close each year?  That the 5th largest unchurched nation is the United States?  Could this be because His Church, the Bride of Christ, is not standing together, a vast army, united in prayer?  The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil everywhere.  God shapes the world by prayer.  Prayers are deathless.  The lips that uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive the world.

So what if our world is morally declining because our generation fails to pray?  What if this generation has been too busy or too unbelieving to pray?  What if God’s conquering days are when the Church has given herself to prayer – praying for the advancement of God’s cause?

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

Ask of me is the condition – a praying people willing and obedient.  The strongest one to stand against the enemy is the one who is the best knocker.  The secret of success in Christ’s kingdom is the ability to pray.  To stop the advancement of the enemy we must stand together and fight in prayer.

 

Portions adapted from:

  • EM Bounds on Prayer
  • The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer
  • Moving Mountains by John Eldredge

Day 26: The Next Level

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I love the story he shared!  Wow!  It is amazing how God works.  How the mother and daughter both came to Christ.  The power of prayer.  It is just incredible how these young Christians have such faith in prayer we who have had it our whole life just take it for granted.  If we really understood the power we had in prayer and in Christ would we really treat it so nonchalantly.  I want to pray like this little girl with that kind of faith!

 

After reading the challenge I am already thinking how I can take my conversations with co-workers especially to the next level.  I have had many spiritual conversations but I want to share what God is speaking to me lately.  I have been struggling with my calling and what I am made for and as I was listening to a podcast tonight from Francis Chan he said try too hard to figure out what we want.  What we need to do is just draw as close to God as possible and he will show us what we need to do.
I feel like God has given me more boldness in many ways lately especially as I have read through this challenge and watched the videos.  I also have some buddhist friends I want to be more intentional with and start asking more questions and being intentional.  My goal is this week to have more of these conversations and am going to have the guys in my bible study hold me accountable.                 

Discipleship When Life Is Busy: Day 26

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Day 26: You Will Be My Witnesses.  This hasn’t happened so smoothly every day of this challenge, but I actually read the challenge and watched the video this morning before work.  On my way to work, I took time to pray that God would put someone in my path that I could move into a meaningful conversation with.  I am so glad that I was able to do all of that this morning, because I hadn’t been at work 15 minutes and I was given the perfect opportunity.  A parent was late to a meeting we were holding so I was talking with one of my teachers about life and the end of school.  She has a TON on her plate right now with the school year ending, her family purchasing a new home, and her mom having some health issues.  I felt the Spirit nudge me that this was my opportunity, so before I left, I asked her if I could pray for her.  I am so glad that I took that opportunity because as much as I care about her and have had many meaningful conversations about work, life, kids, family, etc. I had never taken the opportunity to offer prayer for her.  I am continuing to pray for her privately as well that she would come to know Christ better and that she would know that her salvation comes from Him.

How do we share Good News with Muslims?

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Following a recent webinar by Curtis Sergeant, a participant, Ken, asked, “There are many Muslim immigrants in the USA these days. What can local church members do to share the hope and help of the Good News with these new neighbors?”

Curtis answered, “My current favorite generic approach for sharing with Muslims is called the ‘Any 3’ approach.  It was developed by Mike Shipman in Indonesia.  It is best viewed not primarily as a Muslim evangelism tool (although it can serve that purpose) but as a filtering tool to help identify persons of peace.  You can Google the term.  There is also a book on it by that title.”

[Note: Grab the whole approach, compressed in a handy PDF, here: http://moredisciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Any3-Expanded.pdf ]

Love like Hell Loves

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Where I grew up (in rural southern Indiana), when the ambulance siren is heard coming from Seymour or Brownstown, we all would begin to wonder, “Who needs the ambulance?” It was a really big deal. We were a small town. Everybody would come out by the fence to see the flashing lights and try to track where they were headed. An emergency was a huge deal. Now, in the big cities where many of us live, ambulances chase by night and day and we never pay attention. They’ve become part of the background noise of life.

Could it be that THAT is part of the reason why many of us aren’t as involved in making more disciples? … because we let distractions and the busy pace of life choke out the feeling that we’re living in the midst of an emergency. But the Bible is clear. Hell is real. Punishment is real. Death is real. Listen as Curtis Sergeant encourages us to “love like Hell loves.”

David Garrison wrote the book on CPM’s

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Garrison-head_shotIn 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 Movementshere. (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.)

David Garrison: Amazing Global Growth

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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.

Kingdom Movements for Christ

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If we can build more disciples into true witnesses for Christ, we will build a stronger Kingdom Movement. To learn more about the concept of a Kingdom Movement, check out this 45-minute video by Jerry Trousdale, author of Miraculous Movements.