Nathan and Kari Shank have released a new edition of their Four Fields manual.
Following the theme of helping existing churches fuel disciple making movements, Nathan Shank talks to Steve about his experience in North India.
Ray Vaughn reports in
Recently been training The Church of God’s Destiny in Columbia, SC. Today we got to go out as the church on Sunday, we prayed for 41 people. We shared a Gospel story about the paralytic man becoming healed ten times to various groups. Five people decided to become near to God through Christ Jesus. Eleven homes opened up for us to come back for follow up Bible studies…
Notice this is not hit and run evangelism. The goal is to return and begin Discovery Bible groups in homes. They want to make disciples in the community who can reach the community.
Peter Snyman is the senior leader of the Lighthouse church in Cape Town, South Africa. In the dark days of apartheid Lighthouse was one of the first churches in South Arica to open its doors to all nations.
Despite being a church of over 2,000, God gave them a vision to reach the unreached. With the best intentions and many attempts they weren’t able to turn the vision God gave them into reality.
Then in 2010 God brought David Broodryk along. David introduced Peter Synman and the Lighthouse leadership to some simple methods of Discovery Bible Study that gave them the “handles” they needed to fuel disciple making movements and among people who were far from God.
This is the second half of a story that began with my interview of David Broodryk.
Here’s Gary Stump on how to share your story.
You’ll find more training videos and resources at NoPlaceLeft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was at the NewForms Gathering (UK) last year. They have a great line up for 2014.
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.