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Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 28

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I’m blogging today on behalf of yesterday, I just fell asleep before I had written my blog article for the evening…

Today I really liked learning about raising up other disciples who multiply through MAWL.

M – Model ( They watch you)

A – Assist ( You do things together)

W – Watch ( You watch them )

L – Launch ( They begin making their own disciples and groups)
It’s important that as we see people come to Jesus we train them how to be disciples as well. I know for me some of the times that I grew the most was when my youth leaders would turn around and have me share or lead a discussion. At first it was scary, I mean at one point I was afraid to pray out loud in front of other people, but those who were discipling me continued to give me opportunities and challenge me to pray. They would challenge me to answer questions. Then they began to give me leadership opportunities such as giving us students the opportunity to lead a DBS or encouraging us to start bible studies in our schools. It was through challenges like these that I grew and am now able to communicate and help disciple others.

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.

Day 28 – Training Disciples to Train Disciples

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Both globally and locally, making disciples who can make disciples takes a training cycle.  Curtis Sergeant compares it to teaching children to ride a bike.  Jon Ralls compares it to potty training.  We can see examples of it with Jesus and his disciples, and also in the missionary journeys of Paul — model, assist, watch and launch (or, leave).  Why do we not see it in most American churches?  The list of reasons why might be so long, that the task of re-engineering might seem impossible.  Mainly, I think, because small groups are not emphasized and there’s not an intentionality built into the disciple maturation process.  If there was, we might see disciples making disciples to the 3rd and 4th generations.

Day 28: Most Failings Train….

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I love the acronym of MAWL for making disciples.  I just sent an email to myself to remind myself about this same concept for work on Tuesday with my employees.  Most failings train…I mean most trainings fail because they are not modeled, they are just taught.  Most people teaching us to do things in the church are not doing them themselves.  Actually most of our trainings aren’t about doing but about knowledge.  Why is that?  It is a lot easier to teach some people just to learn than what to do.  If you want to teach people what to do it takes experience, failure, and time.  Most of us don’t want to put in the time because in the process we might not look how we want to appear.

 

As I have observed in parenting in these last couple of years.  My kids follow a lot more of what I do than what I say.  Yes they listen to what I say but they copy and imitate what I do a lot more than I realize.  A few weeks ago I was working in the nursery at church sitting in the comfortable rocking chair and I was telling my boys to go play with the kids.  But they just sat there.  I was getting kind of irritated that they just didn’t do that.  I mean they didn’t have to sit through church, the least they could do is play with the kids 🙂  Later once I got over what I wanted I just went and started playing with kids in the nursery and just having fun playing ball, trains, puzzles.  After a while of doing this I looked over and saw both of my boys playing with kids.  I was so encouraged but really made me think back.  Throughout the years my kids have been mirrors for myself.  When my 7 year old daughter was 2 she would always grab books and sit on the couch and say I am reading my bible.  She did that because that year in our life we got rid of TV and read our bible’s continually.  Fast forward a few years and my girls started asking if they could play computer or be on the phone.  Immediately an alarm went off and I recalibrated my phone and computer time until after they went to bed so I was fully present from them(I also minimized my time on them both).  Many people in the church want for their own kids this vibrant faith but don’t want that same faith for themselves.  They will do everything for their kids to get it but they won’t do it themselves.  If we want to have brave kids for their faith we need parents to start laying that foundation of bravery.  We don’t need to give them any more lectures we need to be showing them what it looks like by how we treat others and how we live.  We need to be telling our kids stories of how God is working in our lives.  God taught me this years back when my 2 boys moved in with us and didn’t believe in God.  They were 7 & 8 and I wanted to share with them how Jesus affected my life.  I shared how I prayed with customers, truck drivers, God-coincidences that happened, and feeling lead to talk to certain people.  I’ll never forget one day I got out to help someone who was having car troubles and my one son said to my wife, ‘I bet God told him to do that.”  We need to model this faith and that is the first step.  

 

Curtis in the video talked about the first step was the child seeing someone do it.  We need this in the church of Christians radically stepping out and taking the first step so others can follow.  Some good friends of mine are doing that this summer.  They are taking the first step toward going to Unreached People Groups.  This is hopefully planting the seed of modeling in others.  

 

This is a great challenge for today.  I am going to get together with a couple of guys from my discipleship group and talk about how we could do more of this to get to 4 generations.  This challenged me to Model and Assist so that the foundation is in place if I do leave.  I once read that we should all be re-evaluating our life to the question “Where would I spend my time if I was leaving in 3 years and there was no one to replace me?”  This question was directed mainly at pastors but we as the church need to be asking the question of that as we step into discipleship.
So let’s go MAWL some people.  Let’s be intentional and reorient our lives around this.

Discipleship When Life Is Busy: Day 28

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Day 28: The Training Cycle.  Training others to make disciples is one of the most important things we can do.  It is how we are going to multiply instead of just add.  The idea expressed in this video is training others by slowly letting loose of the reigns and letting someone else lead.

I had the pleasure of seeing this exact thing play out in my life this year.  I have lead a life group of high school girls the last 5 years (okay, the first year they were 8th graders, but you get the point).  This year we decided to use the three-thirds (DBS) method in our group.  The church we attend uses this method often for our small groups, especially with our high school students.  The first semester I and my co-leader led each study and the girls participated.  It was awesome to see how they were interpreting the bible for themselves and encouraging each other each week.  And to reflect back on how groups used to be when they were in 8th grade (can you say, crickets!?), it was incredible to see the growth in their faith and willingness to be vulnerable.  So, in the Spring semester we challenged our senior girls to lead the group.  Each of our girls signed up to lead one group meeting.  We have two girls who are thinking of being missionaries overseas and all of our girls are going out into colleges (and then eventually jobs) where they will have the opportunity to start groups like this.  They did a great job and it was awesome to see them lead the group and be the one challenging the other girls!

NonSequential

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Does church growth always happen in predictable patterns, along predictable lines, in predictable sequences? Not necessarily, says Curtis Sergeant, trainer in DMM principles. Nature would tend to agree. Check out the Gulin Mountains  in the header picture above. See how there are beautiful patterns which appear, at first, regular and symmetric, but, upon further study, can sometimes be wildly random. Listen as he explains his position about disciple making movements (DMM) — and think about the examples you’ve studied in God’s word. Can you remember instances in which people became disciples in nonsequential ways?

The Church Planting Cycle

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David Watson is a well-known name in DMM training circles. He has boiled down DMM to 21 key principles:

  1. Group process over individual process
  2. Prayer
  3. Scripture, by way of an inductive Bible study process called “Discovery Bible Study”
  4. Households, or existing social units, rather than individuals
  5. Making disciples of Jesus not converts to a religion
  6. Obedience to commands of Jesus rather than doctrinal distinctives
  7. Access ministry – i.e., developing relationships with non-believers
  8. Ministry – meeting people’s needs leads to evangelism
  9. Timing – knowing when people are ready
  10. Intentionality and planning
  11. Person of peace – i.e., a receptive, influential person who is the gateway for a social unit coming to Christ
  12. Appropriate evangelism – i.e., communicating the good news in ways that make sense to people in their particular cultural context
  13. Starting churches, Watson’s definition of which is: “groups of baptized believers in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that gather to worship, fellowship and nurture one another, and, outside of gatherings, endeavor to obey all the commands of Christ in order to transform families and communities.”
  14. Reproduction at every level – disciples, leaders, and churches
  15. Indigenous leaders – i.e., cultural insiders are the best church planters
  16. The work of the Holy Spirit and the authority of Scripture
  17. Persecution
  18. Mentoring, which is the work of developing the whole person
  19. Self-support – in almost every case there are no paid ministers, no buildings to maintain
  20. Redeeming the culture
  21. Awareness of spiritual warfare

His church-planting movement process might be summed up in this way:

  1. Find access to friendship with disconnected people;
  2. Serve and love disconnected friends;
  3. Identify a  “person of peace” from among those friends;
  4. Work with that person of peace to invite his/her social unit (family or affinity group) into a 15-30 week inductive Bible study led by person of peace or someone else from social unit;
  5. Facilitate the group in deciding to follow Jesus and become a church;
  6. Facilitate the process of that new church sending out church planters to start the process again.

Watson has written several helpful blogs about the discipleship cycle — or, in his case, more specifically, the CPM cycle. Here are some blog entries to consider:

Understanding Transition Points:

http://www.davidlwatson.org/2008/03/28/church-planting-essentials-%e2%80%93-understanding-transition-points/

Access:

http://www.davidlwatson.org/2008/10/26/understanding-transition-points-%e2%80%93-access/

Finding the Person of Peace:

http://www.davidlwatson.org/2008/03/14/understanding-transition-points-%e2%80%93-finding-the-person-of-peace/

From Person of Peace to Small Group:

http://www.davidlwatson.org/2008/04/25/understanding-transition-points-%e2%80%93-from-person-of-peace-to-small-group/

From Small Group to Church:

http://www.davidlwatson.org/2008/10/29/understanding-transition-points-%e2%80%93-from-small-group-to-church/

It’s Time to Say Goodbye:

http://www.davidlwatson.org/2008/05/02/understanding-transitions-%e2%80%93-it%e2%80%99s-time-to-say-goodbye/

Try MAWL Where you Live

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Guest Editor Eric D. wrote, “This Discipleship process is so important, why not try to start a reproducing MAWL chain right now — with something that is very short and easy to do, from memory — no paper, no notes, no props.

“What will you use?  Perhaps the BLESS prayer?
Or to quote a verse John 14:6, or Romans 6:23, or John 3:3?
Or to do a very abbreviated yet simple Gospel presentation?

  • God created the world perfect and man in His image.
  • Man disobeyed and caused separation from God.
  • Jesus died and paid the penalty for man’s sin.
  • He was buried and God accepted his sacrifice.
  • God raised Jesus from the dead as Lord and Christ.
  • This good news is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes.
  • He forgives us of our sin and gives us the Holy Spirit within and adds us to His family again.

Or perhaps something you already know from one of the first 26 days. How would this work? What would disciples do if they wanted to simulate this process in a “practice mode?”

  • They go find a person and MODEL for that person whatever the “tool is”.
  • Then they challenge that person to do it for someone else immediately and they offer to go along and assist them as the other person MODELS.   Before they go to do it, the first person has the second person practice to make sure he/she has it down correctly. Then prays for him/her.
  • Then the two of them go and the second person finds third person and MODELS while first person ASSISTS if needed. And of course after MODELING the second person challenges third person to go MODEL for a 4th person, and the 2nd person offers to ASSIST while 3rd person MODELS, and the first person will stay with them and WATCH (which is assisting the assister) .  Before they go do it, the 2nd person will have third person practice to make sure he/she has it down and pray with him/her.  Then the three of them are off to find the fourth person for the last transfer in the first 4 generation MAWLL stream.
  • If it transfers successfully, the original person encourages all of them to keep it going, while he/she LEAVES to go LAUNCH a second stream and reminds the 2nd person that once he/she has WATCHED then he/she can also go start another “MAWLL” stream.

At the end of the day, we are challenging true followers to make room for 7 hours a week in their lives for making disciples who make disciples — for catalyzing a disciple making movement (DMM).

1. Do CHAT. (1 hour)
2. Do 3/3rds Group. (3 hours)
3. Model/Assist (train) someone outside of your 3/3rds group to start a 3/3rds Group. (2 hours)
4. WATCH (coach/encourage) those who have successfully started 3/3rds Groups. (1 hour)

(Of course, that time above does not include daily/personal bible reading, prayer and sharing testimony and Gospel except when it is necessary to Model/Assist to someone so they can know how to do those things.)

Imagine a public park or a school or a MAWLing in a MALL?
How about at a work place?
How long will it take to reach 10 people? 100 people?
How many MAWL streams?
It would be awesome to hear back from you to see what happened.”

 

(Thanks for the post, Eric!)