Case studies

029-Jeff Sundell on Moving to Multiplication

Steve Addison, Jeff Sundell & Grant Morrison

Steve Addison, Jeff Sundell & Grant Morrison

Jeff Sundell reports in with updates from the field and insights on how to multiply workers who make disciples.

In the interview Jeff refers to the Discipleship Cycle resource.

Here's an article from Jeff in Mission Frontiers.

"T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution" (Steve Smith with Ying Kai)

027-Building a bridge for Muslims — Kevin Greeson

The latest Movements podcast is an interview with Kevin Greeson, author of The Camel.

He describes a simple method of identifying Muslims who would like to know more about Isa (Jesus). It's non confrontational and has been effective in many different contexts around the world.

Some great insights on building bridges for sharing the gospel, even for people not engaged with Muslims.

If you'd like to learn more here's a summary of the The Camel.

I do therefore I innovate

jobsmacbookair.jpg What made Steve Jobs such a great leader? A new book examines what set Jobs and other innovative business leaders apart as innovators.

The research behind the book shows that five discovery skills distinguish the most innovative entrepreneurs from other executives.

DOING

• Questioning allows innovators to break out of the status quo and consider new possibilities.

• Through observing, innovators detect small behavioural details—in the activities of customers, suppliers, and other companies—that suggest new ways of doing things.

• In experimenting, they relentlessly try on new experiences and explore the world.

• And through networking with individuals from diverse backgrounds, they gain radically different perspectives.

THINKING

• The four patterns of action together help innovators associate to cultivate new insights.

The bad news is, if you're trying to be an innovative leader without doing anything, you're in trouble.

The good news is, tomorrow is a new day.

"The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators" (Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clayton M. Christensen)

Update on the Camel

This just came in from a friend somewhere in Asia.

Hi Steve

We leave for a trip tonight. Looking forward to it. Will visit many mosques and share the gospel with whomever we can.

I looked at your blog this morning and saw you have something on the Camel.

You might be interested to know that most people who use camel find that ti works best with those who know something of the Koran or at least read the Koran, that is why it works well in mosques.

Typically though most muslims don't know anything of the Koran so sometimes the Camel is not always the most suitable method.

I have found in our region, if you ask someone something about the Koran or bring up what is said in the Koran to the average muslim they will tell you to talk to the imam as they don't know anything about the Koran.

In these types of situations another approach will work better — something like storying is good as everybody can relate to stories.

There are 6 or 7 redemptive stories that can be told using OT figures whom muslims consider are prophets that finish with Jesus. These typically are very well received.

I've asked my friend to send through details on the redemptive stories when he gets back.

Tank you Jesus!

Baptism-NeilPerry.jpg

Jeff Sundell just sent me this photo of a front yard baptism of a new believer. It's driving me nuts because he didn't tell me the story behind it. On the other hand if you look at the image long enough it will tell its own story.

We spend far too much time talking about abstract concepts of "mission." Jesus came looking for lost people.

What matters is that we connect with people in their world, share the gospel, make disciples who learn to obey Jesus, and form communities that quickly reproduce, without our direction and control.

Neil Perry (red shirt with the camera) has done a great job of planting a growing church in his community. But that wasn't enough. So now he and anyone he can corrupt are out in the community meeting people, sharing, discipling and gathering.

Neil doesn't want to just plant a church, he wants to multiply disciples and communities.

I don't care about his "model of ministry". What matters is that people who are far from God are coming to know Jesus, and are learning to follow him and reach their world.

I can't emphasise this enough—follow the stories. Keep reading the Gospels and Acts and ask "What did Jesus do (Gospels) what did the Risen Lord continue to do (Acts). Start learning from people like Neil who can tell you fresh stories of lives changed.

Church in the community — Andy Evans

Andy Evans.jpg Andy Evans is one of the experts I consult from time to time. He hasn't written any books. He isn't invited to address conferences. He doesn't lead a mega church or a cool church.

Andy is an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things like connecting with people in his community, sharing the gospel, making disciples and forming simple neighborhood churches. He is an expert because he's doing something.

When I say "he's doing something" I mean he's doing it, and so are the people he's mobilized.

One of Andy's guys is a former crack cocaine addict who has formed a church in a trailer park with twenty baptized new believers. I want to give that guy an honorary Doctor of Trailer Park Incarnational Missionality.

We've made this mission thing far too complicated, far too abstract, far too distant from the lives of ordinary people.

Andy, and others like him, bring us back to earth, where Jesus is at work.

025-Your next church planter might be a crack dealer

Neil Perry

Neil Perry

Most of us go looking for our next church planter among bright young youth pastors or seminary students. Neil Perry found his next church planter among drug dealers and prostitutes.

It's only five minutes but you will be amazed by what you hear.

Neil was a guest presenter at my Exponential 2011 workshop. If you want to learn more about what Neil is doing, listen to the reports and interviews with Jeff Sundell on the Movements podcast. They work closely together.