Steve Smith

Steve and Laura Smith

Steve and Laura Smith

In December 2005 I had just left China and was passing through Singapore where James Creasman introduced to two men named Smith who were devoting their lives to training and coaching movement pioneers across Asia. I knew movements as a careful observer, they knew movements as participants. I shared the lessons that ultimately ended up in my first book, Movements that Changed the World. They listened and encouraged me to keep going, as I was on the right track. One of those Smiths was named Steve.

I understood movement principles, Steve Smith helped ground those principles in action. I met Steve again in Singapore in 2010 at a gathering of movement trainers. I think there might have been 40 people. Steve got us in the room and facilitated peer learning and application. I watched the way he drew people together, among them some strong personalities and opinions. He led with skill and spiritual authority. He was a man committed to building coalitions to fulfill the Great Commission.

When I stop and think of Steve Smith right now, two words come to mind โ€” grace and determination.

We met many more times at various gatherings, I can recall Houston, Dubai, Dublin and England.

This is what Steve Smith taught meโ€”give your life to obeying Christโ€™s command to make disciples of the nations. Pursue it with all your might. Donโ€™t be content with your own efforts, train and mobilize Godโ€™s people, build coalitions, learn from other practitioners. Go deep with God as you depend on the Holy Spirit and obey his Word. Steve and Laura modeled what it means to go this journey together as a family. Lastly, Steve taught me that you can face anything in this life, even the horror of cancer and the confusion of unanswered prayer, and with Christ, you can triumph.

After a long illness, Steve Smith died on March 13. He was fifty-seven. He leaves behind Laura, three grown sons: Cris, David, Josh and wife Caroline and twin grandsons.

โ€œI have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.โ€ 2 Tim 4:7

167-Steve Smith talks about Spirit powered movements

I interviewed Steve Smith recently on a range of topics. In this live webinar with Nate Vander Stelt, Steve Smith goes deep on the topic of Spirit powered movements.

Thanks to our friends at GACX for making the interview available.


Ying and Grace Kai's book is out! UPDATED

Grace & Ying Kai, Steve & Michelle Addison

Grace & Ying Kai, Steve & Michelle Addison

From the promo:

Seventeen years ago, Ying and Grace Kai began a Great Commission adventure with the launching of T4T: Training for Trainers. A decade later, the most fruitful Church Planting Movement in history had recorded more than two million baptisms, 150 thousand new church starts and countless lives transformed into disciples of Jesus Christ.

From my review of Ying and Grace Kai's new book:

Iโ€™ve been a student of movements that multiply disciples and churches for thirty years. Ying and Grace Kai are standouts as pioneers, catalysts, trainers and strategists for church planting movements.

To meet them is to be infected by their contagious love for Jesus and their passion to reach people far from God. This book is a treasure trove of case studies, principles and practices for people who share their heart for God and the Great Commission.

Grace & Ying Kai with Dave Milne

Grace & Ying Kai with Dave Milne

UPDATE for Aussies and Kiwis: Dave Milne has copies to sell.

UK Training Schedule 2018

UK Training dates for #noplaceleft 2018. Troy Cooper is back for a 4Day 4Fields event in April.

4Fields โ€” 4Days

  • UK & Europe 4 Day / 4 Fields Training, Leicester UK
    DATE: Thurs 19th April 9.00am - Sunday 22nd April 4.00pm
    VENUE: Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Leicester LE1 6WY
    CONTACT: David Robinson or see more here

Following & Fishing

  • Norwich
    DATE: Saturday 27th January 9.00am-4.00pm ONE DAY ONLY
    VENUE: Oak Grove Church, 70 Catton Grove Road, Norwich NR3 3NT
    CONTACT: Darren Woodward
  • Plymouth
    DATE: Friday 2nd February 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 3rd February 9am-4.00pm
    VENUE: St Budeaux Foundation School, Priestley Avenue PL5 2DW
    CONTACT: Stephen Beach
  • Gold Hill Baptist Church
    DATE: Friday 9th February 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 10th February 9am-4.pm
    VENUE: Gold Hill Baptist Church, Chalfont St Peter SL9 9DG
    CONTACT: Stephen Walker-Williams
  • Folkestone
    DATE: Friday 23rd February 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 24th February 9am-4pm
    VENUE: St John's Church Hall, St John's Church Road, Folkestone CT19 5BQ

  • Bristol
    DATE: Friday 2nd March 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 3rd March 9am-4.00pm
    VENUE: B&A 160a Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NT

  • Thurrock, Essex
    DATE: Friday 9th March 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 10th March 9am-4.00pm
    VENUE: Socketts Heath Baptist Church, Premier Avenue, Grays, Essex RM16 2SB
    CONTACT: Ashley Lovett 
  • Portsmouth
    DATE: Saturday 24th March 9am-4.00pm
    VENUE: North End Baptist Church, 195 Powerscourt Road, Portsmouth PO2 7JH

  • Loughborough
    DATE: Saturday 14th April
    VENUE: Kings Church, Greenclose Lane, Loughborough LE11 5AS
    CONTACT: Rew Hulley
  • Manchester
    DATE: Various dates across Greater Manchester in 2018
    VENUE: Various across Greater Manchester
    CONTACT: Nick Duffy

Find out more.

144-Thirty Days in the Harvest with Kevin Maxwell

Kevin Maxwell launched his ministry in Hypoluxo, Florida by spending 30 Days in the Harvest. He not only found people of peace, he also found his team in the harvest.

Read Kevin's reflections on his 30 Days in the Harvest.

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Update from Jacob Via in Haiti

This just came in via Troy Cooper:

Got an update from Jacob Via in Haiti. In March they were tracking 320 new church starts only 11 months after their 4Day Training.

Just got a report yesterday they're tracking 3,148 church starts w over 24,000 baptisms! PRAISE JESUS! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

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RelatedNothing but the obedience of faith, the living Word and the Holy Spirit