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Multiplication Training with Jeff Sundell and friends UPDATED

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Jeff Sundell is hitting the road in 2016. 

If you want to learn how multiply disciples and churches get to one of these in 2016.

UPDATE: More options for mostly US based training do whatever you can to get to one this year.

Finding 100 fold leaders

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Here's a crazy statistic Jeff Sundell (left) shared with us last week at the Community of Practice in Sydney.

For every 300 people he trains, he expects to find one church planting movement leader. Not just a worker but a CPM leader who take responsibility for fuelling a movement.

Jeff is a local practitioner, but his greatest impact will come through training and mobilising new and existing believers. His goal is to train 3,000 people this year.

Who are you training? Who are they training?

Ten years since a bomb killed Bill Hyde

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Ten years ago a bomb planted at a Philippine airport by a Muslim rebel group killed 23 people. One of the dead was Bill Hyde, a Southern Baptist missionary.

It’s ironic that Hyde, 59, died at the little airport in Davao City where he’d walked countless times — a place considered safe. He had made a habit of going into some of the most dangerous places in the Philippines. Places where you could get kidnapped, shot at, or worse, especially if you were a foreigner. He’d just returned from such a place that day.

The key to his church-planting strategy was simple: like the Apostle Paul, he multiplied himself in other faithful men, who could in turn multiply themselves in others. He started by training a core group of seven Filipino men committed to church planting. As they became trainers, the circle widened into a network of hundreds.

He never went anywhere alone. He always took at least one young Filipino or missionary — and usually as many as he could pack into his vehicle — on his trips into the hinterlands. He trained Filipinos to start churches, then let them take the lead while he observed and encouraged. Most important, he flatly refused to do anything in ministry leadership that Filipino believers could do themselves.

One of those Filipino men was Eddie Palingcod, a member of Hyde’s original core group. Palingcod became the leading Baptist church-planting trainer for an entire province in the Philippines.

Hyde’s approach departed from the traditional idea of starting one church at a time. “He said to me, ‘Eddie, you need to train others to plant churches. It’s not that you’re doing the wrong thing now, but you need to multiply,’” Palingcod recalled after Hyde’s death. “It was hard for me to understand at first, but when I applied it, I got excited.

“Even though he is now living in heaven,” said Palingcod, “I told Bill, ‘It works!’”

Today Hyde’s legacy lives on in the hundreds of churches started through his ministry of multiplication. In the thousands of Filipinos won to Christ. In the ongoing ministries of missionaries he mentored and encouraged. In the ministry of his life partner, Lyn, who courageously returned to the Philippines in early 2004 and continued her work until retiring in 2009. In the lives of his sons, who followed in his mission footsteps.

Perhaps most of all, it lives on in the hundreds of Filipino men like Eddie Palingcod, who continue to live out the passion for church multiplying Hyde instilled in them.

full story. . .

Putting the Movements diagram to work

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Four ways I put the Movements diagram to work:

  1. Bible study. I take the Gospels and Acts, or a portion of them, and ask: how did they see the end, connect with people, share the gospel, train disciples, gather communities, multiply workers? Great for personal Bible study or group training.
  2. Diagnostic. I use the diagram as a diagnostic of my own ministry or someone else's. Individually, or as a team, draw the diagram and fill in how you are going: seeing the end, sharing the gospel, training disciples, gathering communities, multiplying workers. Identify progress and lessons learned. Identify obstacles. Ask, where am I stuck? Ask, what do I need to do next?
  3. Training. The diagram is great for teaching. I take twenty minutes to go over it with concrete examples for each element. Then I break people into pairs and have them draw and teach the diagram to each other without notes.
  4. Vision casting. I often meet one-on-one with people to help them make the paradigm shift to a movements. As I draw the diagram on the back of a napkin, I explain each element, I tell stories, and show them what it could look like in their world. It takes about 45 minutes, or five minutes if you're rushing to catch a flight. My aim is to see if they are ready to do some basic training like Following and Fishing to get them started.

You're welcome to use the diagram as long as you identify the source.

What Jesus Started: Synopsis

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The Christian movement began with Jesus. He founded something completely new in human history and his achievement has never been matched.

Every new generation of his disciples must sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from his example as the founder of a missionary movement.

What does that look like? What do missionary movements do? What Jesus Started identifies the six activities that characterized the ministry of Jesus as it began in the Gospels, and as it continued through his followers in the book of Acts.

  1. See the need. Missionary movements respond to God’s call to join his mission. They are moved with compassion for lost people and do not rest until the good news of salvation through Christ is proclaimed, and communities of disciples are formed, throughout the inhabited world.
  2. Connect with people. Movements cross boundaries to establish contact with non-Christians. They seek out responsive people, who have been prepared by God to welcome the messenger and take the message to the people in their world.
  3. Share the gospel. Movements share the good news of Jesus the Messiah and Savior. They equip new disciples to become the means by which the good news spreads throughout their communities.
  4. Train disciples. Movements lead people to faith in Jesus Christ and teach them to obey what Jesus has commanded including the command to make disciples of others.
  5. Gather communities. Movements form new believers into the local communities of the followers of Jesus Each community of disciples is responsible to reach its region in depth and to contribute money, prayer, and workers who take the gospel to unreached regions.
  6. Multiply workers. Missionary movements send out workers into new, unreached fields to advance the spread of the gospel and the formation of new communities of disciples.

There were no precedents in the ancient world for what Jesus achieved. There were no movements—religious, political, or cultural—that intentionally sought to expand geographically and cross-culturally throughout the known world.

What Jesus started continues today. Not a dying institution, but a vibrant living movement of his disciples following a risen Lord to the ends of the earth and the end of history.

Baptisms @ $762,000 each

Reader Dave writes,

Steve

Good challenge on Zero dollar church planting.

The Jan 2012 issue of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (IBMR) publishes the annual statistics of the "Status of Global Mission". They identify that $762,000 per year is the "cost effectiveness" per baptism, globally.

Granted, the numbers include all Christian groups of every "flavor" (para-church and denominational), but it does cause you to gasp! …and causes you to want to ask probing questions to know more…

Thanks for your good work and blog articles. And, your book, What Jesus Started, has arrived for those of us who pre-ordered.

Christmas blessings!

Dave

All we need is $762,000,000,000,000,000 to reach the next billion people.

UPDATE: Here's the direct link to the article. Look for item 55 on page 29.

UPDATE: That figure should be $762,000,000,000,000 (not $762,000,000,000,000,000) to reach the next billion people. Thanks to Fro for the correction. I feel much much better now.

Baptisms @ $762,000 each

Reader Dave writes,

Steve

Good challenge on Zero dollar church planting.

The Jan 2012 issue of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (IBMR) publishes the annual statistics of the "Status of Global Mission". They identify that $762,000 per year is the "cost effectiveness" per baptism, globally.

Granted, the numbers include all Christian groups of every "flavor" (para-church and denominational), but it does cause you to gasp! …and causes you to want to ask probing questions to know more…

Thanks for your good work and blog articles. And, your book, What Jesus Started, has arrived for those of us who pre-ordered.

Christmas blessings!

Dave

All we need is $762,000,000,000,000,000 to reach the next billion people.

UPDATE: Here's the direct link to the article. Look for item 55 on page 29.

UPDATE: That figure should be $762,000,000,000,000 (not $762,000,000,000,000,000) to reach the next billion people. Thanks to Fro for the correction. I feel much much better now.