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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.

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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

SYNOPSIS

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.

What Jesus Started: Interview by David Garrison

The transcript of an interview I did for David Garrison on my next book.

David_Garrison.jpg DAVID: Why did you write, What Jesus Started?

201211201034.jpg STEVE: About two years ago I looked back on the impact of my first book, Movements that Change the World and saw that it had done a good job of changing the way people see the world, but there was still a gap between changed thinking and changed behavior.

At the same time I was reading the Gospel of Luke and Acts and asking, “What did Jesus do (Luke) and what did he continue to do as the Risen Lord (Acts). As I studied disciple-making, church planting movements around the world I realized casting vision for movements was not enough. To help people get started we need to join the dots. People need to know what to do on Monday morning. We need to get practical.

What better place to start than by asking, “What did Jesus do?” “What did he train his disciples to do?” As the Risen Lord, “What did he empower the early church and Paul to do?” Then we can ask, “What does that look like today?” “What do we need to do?”

David_Garrison.jpg DAVID: You’ve identified the key elements of Jesus ministry in the Gospels and his continuing ministry through his followers in Acts. What were they?

201211201034.jpg STEVE: First, Jesus saw the end. He was moved with compassion. He looked out over Israel and saw sheep, lost without a shepherd. He wept over Jerusalem’s rejection of God’s messengers. He prepared his disciples to take the gospel to the whole world.

Next, Jesus connected with people. Jesus crossed whatever boundaries stood in the way and connected with people. No group was beyond his care. Jesus spent a lot of his time ministering to people, looking for the “sick” not the “healthy,” “sinners” not the “righteous”. He sought out people who knew they needed God’s mercy.

Jesus shared the gospel. Jesus proclaimed the good news of salvation in words and deeds. In him, God’s rule had become a present reality. He preached, he taught, he rebuked, and he invited everyone he met to repent and believe. He gave his life as a ransom for many.

Jesus trained disciples. Jesus led people to put their trust in him and to learn to obey his commands. He modeled and taught them a new way of life.

Jesus gathered communities. Jesus formed his disciples into communities characterized by faith in him, love for one another, and witness in word and deed.

Lastly, Jesus multiplied workers. Jesus equipped his followers to make disciples of all nations. He sent the Holy Spirit upon them so that they would continue his ministry in his power.

David_Garrison.jpg DAVID: Where do you see these elements playing out today?

201211201034.jpg STEVE: Let me tell you about the journey Michelle and I have been on. Just after I’d written Movements that Change the World, my wife Michelle challenged me, as only a wife can. She said, “Steve it’s a great book. But when are you going to do something?”

So we set aside time on Sunday afternoons to walk and pray looking for people God had prepared. The first time we went out God led us to a young woman in a Chinese bookstore. She was what Jesus called a “person of peace” (Luke 10).

Out of that one encounter grew a ministry to migrants in our area. We connect through an English conversation club. We do discover Bible study and share the gospel. People regularly come to know Christ. Discovery Bible study is our method of discipleship. Early on we teach new believers to share with the people in their world and make disciples. We also help form simple churches wherever we can find a group of disciples.

We’re training people all over Australia and in other parts of the world to begin doing the same things. We’re helping them get started by joining the dots. And we’re training them to train others.

We are not yet seeing multiplication movements in Australia, but we are seeing people come to faith in Christ, learn how to follow and obey him and how to spread the gospel and make disciples.

David_Garrison.jpg DAVID: People will ask, Does this approach work in any context?

201211201034.jpg STEVE: It depends on what they mean by “work.” Does it work to see the end from God’s point of view? Does it work to Connect with people and Share the gospel? Does it work to Train disciples to obey what Jesus has commanded. Does it work to Gather them into communities. Does it work to multiply workers at every stage?

This is what faithfulness to the Great Commission looks like in any setting.

David_Garrison.jpg DAVID: Who did you write this book for?

201211201034.jpg STEVE: I’m writing for anyone who passionate about to making disciples and teaching them to obey what he has commanded.

What do you hope the book will achieve?

My hope is that we would rediscover the ministry of Jesus through a fresh reading of the Gospels and Acts and then base our ministries on that foundation.