Missional Challenge and 4×4 Movements
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For everyone else, here is a brief introduction to Missional Challenge:
Missional Challenge helps you Live the Mission by making disciples who make disciples who make disciples. Here are some ways we can serve you:
• Discover principles and learn skills that enable you to make reproducing disciples that lead to 4×4 Movements.
Contact us about The Multiplication Workshop, our virtual Disciple Making Movement Café, or the Cultivating Missional Movements Workshop.
• Define and accomplish your disciple-making goals.
Contact us about individual and group coaching for Disciple Making Movement practitioners, team leaders and catalysts.
• Discern growth areas in your disciple formation.
Contact us about our Disciple Assessment, and discipleship guides.
Balkan Prayer Day, May 4th!
During the 2nd of September 2012, people from across the globe stood in unity, praying for the Balkan region. It´s now time for the second Balkan Prayer Day, 4th of May 2013. Sign up at www.balkannetworks.org and a pin with your location will be added to a Google map where you can see everyone participating. We´re convinced that these prayer days are important events and part of the things God is doing in this region at the moment
Households and Disciple Making Movements
Jesus established the importance of building relationships with entire households in Luke 10:5. However, it is not until the book of Acts that we clearly see the powerful results of doing this:
- Cornelius and his household are saved (Acts 10, 11:1-18)
- Lydia and her household are saved (Acts 16:11-15)
- The Philippian jailer and his household are saved (Acts 16:22-34)
- Crispus and his household are saved (Acts 18:1-8)
Jesus did not send his disciples out to bring individuals into the Kingdom of God; Jesus sent them out to announce the coming of the Kingdom of God to families. That is why getting to know the family of the person of peace and their close friends is the third major step in the DMM process. (more…)
People of Peace and Disciple Making Movements
Luke 10 is one of the places where we learn from Jesus how to make disciples. For example, this is where we learn about the role of prayer (verse 2) and the need to enter into – or gain access to – specific communities and homes (verses 1 and 5).
This is also where we learn about people of peace: “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house” (verses 5-7).
People of peace are as diverse as the Samaritan woman and the royal official from Capernaum (John 4), Lydia and the Philippian jailer (Acts 16), and Cornelius (Acts 10) and Crispus (Acts 18). Nonetheless, these examples show that people of peace share two things in common: they are responsive to God and influential in their homes or communities.
Discovering these people of peace in the communities to which we have been sent is the second major step in the DMM process. (more…)
Access and Disciple Making Movements
The first thing we learn in Luke 10 about making disciples is that we need to pray. This is how Jesus began his instructions to the 72 disciples: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (verse 2).
The next thing we learn is equally obvious – we need to go: “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road” (verses 3 and 4).
But what may be less obvious is that we do not go just to leave where we are; rather, we go in order to enter specific towns (verse 1) and specific homes (verse 5). In other words, we go in order to enter into life with the lost and begin to meet their needs (verse 9).
This is the essence of access ministry, which is the first major step in the DMM process. (more…)
Prayer and Disciple Making Movements
Jesus didn’t just tell us to make disciples – he told us and showed us how to make disciples. One example of this is found in Luke 10, where Luke writes about how Jesus sent 72 of his followers “two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go” (Luke 10:1).
We can learn many things in this passage about how Jesus wants us to make disciples. For example, we are to go to the lost (verse 3), guard against distractions (verse 4), and find and bless people of peace and their families (verse 5-7).
However, the first thing we learn about making disciples is that we need to pray. This is how Jesus began his instructions: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (verse 2). (more…)
Behind Every Movement …
Disciple Making Movements are deeply rooted in biblical principles. David Watson has served us well by identifying 21 of these critical elements (see David’s post for full descriptions):
Kingdom of God Elements: Prayer, Scripture, Disciples, Teach Obedience, Communities of Believers (Church), Authority and the Holy Spirit, Persecution, Spiritual Conflict/Warfare
Tactical Elements: Groups/Communities, Plan/Be Intentional, Access Ministries, Person of Peace, Household/”Families”, Appropriate Evangelism, Reproducing, Reaching Out, Redeem Local Culture (Embrace the Local Culture)
Leadership Elements: Inside Leaders, Outside Leaders, Educating/Teaching, Training/Coaching, Equipping/Mentoring, Self-Supporting
Take the following survey to help us create a profile of how well these elements are understood and applied. (more…)
Strength and Peace for Disciple-Makers
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
King David (Psalm 29)
As we go through this new year, may we each walk in the strength and peace that is ours from God as we introduce others to Him!
Collaborating for the Kingdom
There are four phases in the collaborative process, each of which serves a different purpose and works toward a unique outcome. Evaluating collaborative efforts accordingly helps groups set realistic expectations and move towards more significant types of collaboration.The four phases are: (more…)
Researching for Effective Prayer for a People
Jesus taught us to pray,
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
The goal of this prayer is for God to be glorified through the fulfillment of His will on earth, just as it is already fulfilled in heaven. According to this prayer, God’s will includes four basic components:
- Physical sustenance for all people (“give us today our daily bread”).
- Right relationships between all people and God (“forgive us our debts”).
- Right relationships among all people (“as we also have forgiven our debtors”).
- Right responses to sin and Satan (“lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”).
By researching the historical influences in each of these four areas for a given region and/or people, we can better understand the current situation and pray with greater specificity, see answers with greater clarity, and so glorify God.