110-Multiplying generations of churches — Chuck Wood

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Chuck Wood discusses what it takes to move beyond making disciples to multiplying churches. Be prepared for some surprises.

A previous episode with Chuck.

Chuck’s website and resources.

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What if this is as good as it gets?

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I recently finished reading Anthony Beevor’s account of the WWII battle for Stalingrad. An excellent account of the horrifying destruction of a city and its people.

The siege of Stalingrad was one of the many tragedies of the 20th Century. Thankfully, both Fascism and Communism lay in ruins by the end of that century. Meanwhile others have taken their place. The same story continues with different actors playing their part.

What if this is as good as it gets?

What if wars, famine and natural disasters are the norm of human history?

Jesus thought so. That’s what he taught his disciples to expect. Right up until the end of the age, expect trouble.

When Jesus announced the arrival of the kingdom of God, he was announcing the beginning of the end times. One day he will return in glory. Until then, expect trouble. Read Mark 13 —wars, famines, natural disasters and deceptive religious movements. Expect them.

Somehow people think that because the kingdom has arrived in the person of Jesus, his death and resurrection, the world will be transformed in this age.

Instead Jesus taught his disciples to expect a battle right up until the end. He promised us hardship and persecution, not “human flourishing.”

The one thing he did promise was that repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47).

In the end, God wins, but not without a costly fight.

From doing church to pioneering movements

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This month Mission Frontiers magazine published an extract from book on Pioneering Movements. Some case studies of churches that are multiplying.

BBC report on the Islamic State

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The Jim Muir’s extensive report on the rise of ISIS and why it’s not going away anytime soon.

A bumper edition of Mission Frontiers

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The March/April edition of Mission Frontiers is out.

Articles by Jeff Sundell, Nathan Shank, Troy Cooper, Stan Parks, David Watson, Fred Campbell and some bloke called Steve Addison.

A great resource for team learning. Do everyone a favour and spread the word….

UPDATE: you can download the whole edition free, but some of the articles online are web only.

Following and Fishing in London and Leicester

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This weekend we’ll be training in London.

April 8-9, 2016 we’re training in lovely Leicester.

How to make training work

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We train a lot of people to get them started in connecting, sharing, making disciples. Then we look for those who persist in the basics. David Milne (above) has done the research on the factors that influence whether a person follows through.

Here are the five keys:

  1. Teams: Everyone who persisted was part of a team.
  2. Convictions: They were motivated by inner convictions that compelled them to share the gospel.
  3. Experiences: They saw God at work — people coming to faith, or the experience of the Holy Spirit in sharing.
  4. Prayer: They had regular prayer partners.
  5. Ongoing Training: There was ongoing training, coaching and peer support.

So it’s not enough to run a good training event. You’ve got to help people build in support structures and patterns that sustain obedience to the Great Commission.

UPDATE: Research Summary

Troy’s blog on church planting movements

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Troy Cooper has been blogging about movements. He’s not bad…

109-Teams that pioneer movements — David Broodryk

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David Broodryk talks about the importance of teams in multiplying movements.

A previous interview with David Broodryk.

Visit AccelerateTraining to discover more.

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How did God prepare you to reach the city?

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My last question to Ray Vaughn was on how God prepared him for the challenge of reaching a city of 6.5 million.

I can feel rather overwhelmed with a city that’s a large as Houston but I think what’s prepared me is being in Columbia being in a smaller realm and in all honesty the thing that’s prepared me the most is failing. To know I’ve failed enough shows me that I have perseverance at least and can maintain it. Paul commends or validates his work as an apostle, more than any other way, through perseverance. Constantly he is reminding us look I’m not a false apostle because I’ve suffered through hardship, beating, shipwreck, trial, constantly I have the burden of the church. Any false apostle or somebody who’s not really called to this type of work is not going to persevere through those type of things.

The reality of learning to persevere through churches that get started and then flop, learning to persevere through teams that feel like are forming and then they don’t, learning to persevere through being in a city and feeling like you’re the only person who really wants this (even though you’re not but you just haven’t met those people yet) learning to persevere through loneliness, through I have no idea what to do next or through getting to 2nd generation church and then it all flops, or to 3rd generation and wondering how do we get to 4th or 5th generation church? Learning to persevere through hardships with pastors that don’t share your view on church or leadership or baptism.

Learning to persevere has helped me to realize it comes with the territory of trying to get to movement and no place left. By embracing that role and vision and call I need to expect and say yes all these other hardships.

Podcast interviews with Ray Vaughn:

A final thanks to Janet for typing up the transcript of Ray’s interview. 

PHOTO: Ray and Sara Vaughn. Not sure who that is on the left. I’m sure he’s not dangerous.