Steve Addison talks to Steve Parlato (above right) about NoPlaceLeft among the twenty million ethnic Lao people of NE Thailand. They are one of the lest reached people groups in East Asia.
All over the world refugees and migrants are on the move. Will Burnham reports in from Athens on how people on the move are turning and putting their faith in Christ and learning to follow him as disciples in newly planted churches.
Just back from five days of training in Berlin. We had over sixty people attend. Twelve were Muslim background believers.
What happens when you offer prayer to 212 Berliners?
- 122 say, Yes.
- 54 want to hear the gospel
- 19 want to meet up again
- 5 are ready to turn and believe
- 1 is ready for immediate baptism
Ok, it's hard to get to multiplication — although Marcus Rose has shown it's possible. One thing is certain, thousands of Berliners are waiting to hear the gospel and learn more.
Then again, maybe we need more time to reshape the message for the postmodern context before we do anything . . . Let's not be hasty.
Jeff Sundell is hitting the road in 2016.
- Feb 1-4: Stuart, FL
- May 16-19: Birmingham, AL
- July 11-14: San Diego
- Oct 17-20: Dallas
- Fall TBD: Tokyo, Japan
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.
Nathan Shank explains what Paul meant when he said, “Now . . . there is no more place for me to work in these regions” (Rom 15:23). Nathan unpacks how Paul could say that his job was finished across the eastern half of the Roman Empire.
How can we cast vision, and trust God, for "no place left"?
I read everything Stark writes on movements. I haven’t been disappointed yet.
UPDATE: The publisher has provided a sample of the book.
Here’s a piece from a longer email from Mike Shipman … I think he’s on to something.
It is my opinion that we should focus on facilitating change in the way churches do missions (local and distant). The fruit from the generational church breakthroughs causes churches to listen and makes them teachable (trainable). By all means, we should continue challenging churches to obey the Scripture through education programs. However, the game is changing now because movements are no longer theory. Where there are movements nearby, life in the Spirit and the demonstration of His power challenge the existing church by their actions to get involved.
Movements raise the faith-level of the church and change results.
Our experience in Indonesia has been that movements also lead the reformation of the church. In other words, when called people from the church begin radically obeying the Great Commission, resulting in movements, then those within the church who are genuinely seeking God through the Scripture will change. However, earlier efforts to change the existing church’s mindset were largely unfruitful, until there were local or regional movements.
In Indonesia we made the shift from “upper level strategizing” to practical training with accountability. We cast vision to a large number of people and trained them to do our CPM package. And then we “filtered up”, offering more training and mentoring for those who were obedient and experiencing fruit. We expected those who were trained to actually apply the method and also to train the method to others. In other words, we applied CPM principles to our training events (focus on the doers). It has resulted in multiple movements and an extensive training net stretched across our country of service. Because of the movements and increased fruitfulness that have resulted, now existing churches are reforming the way they do missions (local and distant).