Gary Stump on How to Share your Story

Here’s Gary Stump on how to share your story.

You’ll find more training videos and resources at NoPlaceLeft.

Ray Vaughn on how to share God’s story

Ray Vaughn show us how to lead someone to Christ in a simple, clear and transferable way.

Notice at the end how the presentation leads to discipleship through Discovery Bible Study in the person’s world with their friends and family.

Before you decide that this method won’t work in your context, learn it, practice it, share it with 100 people and see what happens.

Going door to door

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A member of the Following and Fishing forum posted this question,

How are your experiences with going from door to door? What did you say? How did it normally go? I think I would like to start it, but when I did it three years ago I was having a very difficult time and since that never done it in a western context again…

Here’s my thoughts

1. Don’t rule it out.

If post-modernism has taught us anything it’s that there is no single “Western context”. 

We’ve just moved to the EastEnd in London. Outside our door is a myriad of “contexts”. Hipsters, Bangladeshi Muslims, Bangladeshi hipsters, old time EastEnders, Filipinos from Barcelona, single mums on welfare, single mums on drugs. Ten minutes away is Hackney, that’s Afro-Caribbean. Across the city there are Poles, the French, Nigerians, Nigerian Muslims, Nigerian lapsed Christians, Nigerian hipsters.

How do you find out what works in your “context”? Try knocking on one hundred doors and see what happens. 

2. Don’t go alone.

No need to explain. Just don’t go alone.

3. Learn from best practice.

Listen to people who have done it and learn from the best. Start with Jesus. How did he enter an unreached community of strangers? What does that look like today.

Here’s a couple of great podcasts with people who regularly visit unreached communities.

Scattering to Gather

On the frontline with Ray Vaughn

God, give us Austin Texas or we die!

4. Begin with the end in mind.

Why are you knocking on doors? From a movements perspective the end game is a “person of peace” leading to a new group of people gathered around the Scriptures learning to follow Jesus. If going door to door gets you there — do it. If not, try something else. The best practitioners know the end game and keep trying until they find the most effective way to get there.

If someone tells you it won’t work, ask them if they have a better proven method that does.

Movements that Change the World is now available in Indonesian [UPDATED]

Movement That Change The World

Great news. IVP has a version of Movements that Change the World published in Indonesian. 

I’m still tracking down how to obtain copies.

UPDATE: Email me through the Contact Steve page and I can send you the details. This translation will work for speakers of Indonesian and Malaysian.

NewForms Gathering 2014

Gathering promo flier for online

I was at the NewForms Gathering (UK) last year. They have a great line up for 2014.

Church to movement: Don Waybright [podcast]

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Don Waybright

In this episode Don Waybright shares how Sugar Creek Baptist (Houston) has become a catalyst for multiplying disciples and churches. Their reach extends from their backyard to to the ends of the earth.

Visit t4tusa to access the resources and training Don refers to.

For more on Fred Campbell

 

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From (immigrant) church to movement #2 [podcast]

Angie Sundell Training @ Global Harvest 2014-08

Angie Sundell (left) training @ Global Harvest

We normally think it’s our job to reach the immigrants God brings to our shores.

Jeff Sundell thought differently. What if God had brought African immigrants from Nigeria, Togo and Ghana to Charlotte, North Carolina so they should reach Americans?

In the second half the interview (first half), Jeff reflects on what he is learning about helping churches multiply disciples.

You can access Jeff Sundell’s resources at t4tusa. Chuck Wood’s resources are at the Jesus Up In Out network site.

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Looking for a person rather than a methodology

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I had a Skype session yesterday with my Yoda of church planting movements. He prefers to fly under the radar so we’ll call him “Yoda Bill.”

He followed up our conversation with this email on the topic of investing in the right people vs perfecting your methods.

Even today many CPM practitioner’s spend too much effort trying to get the strategy and methodology right rather than looking for the right person to invest in.

Especially among westerners, if some one says to me give me the method or give me the curriculum I know they have not understood that this is accomplished though persons rather than through methods. That is one of the contributing causes to my losing interest in the major debate over methodology

Bottom line South China worked because of Ying and Grace and what they brought to the equation rather than their T4T methodology.

I live close to major military training facility. One of their paradigms in creating leadership for high effectiveness Is  to weed out the men then train in methods.

Live from a cupboard in East London [video]

I spoke to the NewThing Network gathering in Chicago recently, live from a cupboard in East London.

Our internet hadn’t been connected and so I found a quiet place and an internet connection in a cupboard at St Peter’s Bethnal Green.

The subject was Movements.

Following and Fishing in Adelaide

Following and Fishing  Tim Scheuer

Tim Scheuer is training in Adelaide, South Australia.

Nov 15-16, 2014.

More details here.

More details here.