|TRAINING DISCIPLES - BUILDING LEADERS|
Larry Kreider, founder of Dove International is one of my favorite inspirations regarding discipleship. Like Floyd and Sally McClung, to him it begins with fathering, mothering, mentoring, coaching, discipling with kingdom growth in the process that is expressed through church planting. Their Church Planting model is a little different from that expressed in this section, but nevertheless, they surpass many church planting organizations in mission fields here in the USA and abroad. From their vision, I found these words:
|Global Church Planting|
David Watson serves as the Vice President of Global Church Planting with CityTeam Ministries, San Jose, CA. His primary responsibility is to catalyze Church Planting Movements in difficult to reach cities and countries around the world. The primary methodology used is the training of local leaders in evangelism, discipleship, disciple making, church planting, leadership, church planting strategies and church planting movements. God has used the leaders David trained to start over 100,000 churches in the past 15 years, and more than 4 million people have been baptized as a result of God’s moving in the areas where trained local workers have devoted themselves to God’s work. David’s blog and website have a lot of good download teaching materials available.
|Training for Trainers (T4T)|
T4TOnline is a cooperative effort between David Garrison, the Southern Baptist International Mission Board and Greater Europe Mission to make the training developed by Ying Kai more broadly available. David is a leading researcher on church planting movements and has authored Church Planting Movements: How God Is Redeeming a Lost World (WIGTake Resources, 2004). He currently serves as the IMB’s Global Strategist for Evangelical Advance.
|Training Wheels for Simple Church|
Foundational principles - and some helpful practices.
1. Only fact you need to know for simple church - Jesus is present when we meet in His name. (Mt. 18:20) This is central to everything.
2. Only skill you need to master for simple church - how to listen to Him (and do what He directs). It’s His church and He is the leader (Mt. 16:18). Key principle in Jesus’ life (and ours): find out what the Father is doing and do that. (Jn. 5:19)
3. Simple church = a vibrant family of Jesus. Vibrant means full of life, healthy, transformational. Not just a meeting but 24/7 family like relationships.
Some practices that help us function this way…
1. SASHET. Principle: intimacy is the result of mutual self disclosure. “Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down.” (Romans 12:15, The Message)
This practice helps us grow towards being what Eldredge calls a “fellowship of the heart”. “We check in regularly with one another… out of a desire to watch over one another’s hearts (p. 200). …God is calling together little communities of the heart, to fight for one another and for the hearts of those who have not yet been set free. That camaraderie, that intimacy, that incredible impact by a few stouthearted souls – that is available. It is the Christian life as Jesus gave it to us. It is completely normal. (p. 202)” Waking the Dead
Go around the group and ask each person to share one or more words that most describe the present condition of their heart. (Each person shares at the level of vulnerability they are comfortable with.) Use the acronym SASHET as a starting place: Sad - Angry - Scared - Happy - Excited - Tender. (or other) (No advice giving here.) For instance, “I’m checking in today as sad, excited and tender and here’s why…” After sharing, each person expresses their commitment to the community by saying, “I’m in.” The benefit of checking in like this week after week is cumulative as trust and safety grow.
2. Listening to Jesus. After checking in (SASHET), take 10-15 minutes for everyone to listen to Jesus. What does He want to say about what was just shared? What does He want to share with individuals? With the whole group? What direction does He have for ministering to each other or to the world? Listen for His heart. Come back together and share what you heard with the group. Be tentative: "I think this is what He is saying..." Freedom to fail. Weigh what is said. Goal is to "strengthen, encourage and comfort". (1 Cor. 14:1-3) Keep practicing. Your ability to hear gets better with practice.
We have found Mark Virkler’s Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice helpful here…
1. Quiet yourself
2. Fix your eyes on Jesus
3. Listen for spontaneous thoughts
4. Write what you hear
A short written explanation of the Four Keys is found here: http://www.cwgministries.org/Four-Keys-to-Hearing-Gods-Voice.htm
We also found value in watching as a group (DVD) Virkler’s 10 lessons on the subject http://www.cwgministries.org/index.htm
3. Network with other house churches and apostolic people. Be intentional about learning from others and sharing what you are learning. This is called a “community of practice”. Network connections can be both geographical and non-geographical (with technologies like Skype). One resource here is LK10.com
Apostles are not domineering leaders but servants who come alongside to help and equip. They are spiritual moms and dads who are passionate about birthing and nurturing “vibrant families of Jesus”. See 1 Thes. 2.
A note on spiritual practices. As Dallas Willard writes: “We meet and dwell with Jesus and his Father in the disciplines (or practices) for the spiritual life.” (xi) The Spirit of the Disciplines Practices are valuable for both individual lives and for group life. The three practices above are not absolutes. They are merely tools to help us towards the kind of Kingdom life that we desire to live. See 1 Tim. 4:7-8.
Alan Hirsch comments on spiritual practices in The Forgotten Ways: “We would not develop a philosophy of ministry per se (for their churches), but rather a covenant and some core practices. Behind this thinking was the belief that when we talk about core values, the appeal is to the head. I have yet to see a set of core values in any church’s philosophy that I cannot agree with. They are, in some cases, little more than “motherhood statements” in confessional communities. What we wanted was to covenant ourselves to a set of practices that embodied the core value and demonstrated it. Each group (and therefore the majority of the individual members of the group) had to be engaged in a healthy diet of spiritual disciplines – the only way to grow in Christlikeness that we were aware of.” P. 46-47
For more examples of spiritual practices see The LK10 Invitation at http://lk10.com
Simple Church Coach
LK10: A Community of Practice for Church Planters
In what we used to call marketplace ministry and now more commonly business as missions or BAM, my favorite coach/trainer is John Garfield. This guy puts out a wealth of information! You will want to read his books Releasing Kings and Desire to Destiny and sign up for his newsletters. I can’t go into more detail here, but found a link (click here) that you will want to see. It will take you in a multitude of directions. Also, see his bio information below:
About John – Professional, and conference speaker who has written two books on the emerging wave of Marketplace Ministry. John is a successful chemical engineer and served as a manager in a large corporation. He was also a pastor for 13 years and the founder of two churches. John was raised on a ranch in Montana and obtained his Bible College degree. His work is fueled by a deep desire to help people connect with their life’s purpose and experience the satisfaction of God’s favor and the joy of helping other people.
“Kings” is the term we use to describe entrepreneurial men and women who harness wealth and influence in the marketplace… in business, government, finance, the arts… to “bless the Nations.” Releasing Kings and Desire to Destiny are the titles of our books – but it’s really a movement of God’s people into their ministry and their dreams. We paint a picture of Kings who are naturally bold, creative, and decisive, who are being used to fulfill the great commission. God is going to use an entrepreneurial people to “bless the nations.” You’re invited!
|Training for Workplace Ministry|
There have been many resources developed over the past decade to train the “Extended Church” that gathers in our “Nuclear Church” gatherings how God as their CEO can prosper their workplace ministry. By 2007, The International Coalition of Workplace Ministries had identified more than 1,200 such ministries in the United States alone.1 Let’s discuss some of the modes:
Incubator Churches: This is a local church (traditional or simple church network) vision for equipping its people to go into the workplace and use Luke 10 principles to bless their coworkers, customers and clients. Out of this healthy atmosphere will also flow financial blessings and multiplication of God’s Kingdom. It is a preparation for taking church into the workplace. It equips the people to hear the voice of God at work, to help define and catch their own vision.2
It will have a large contingent of workplace people who have caught the vision of the importance of the extended church. They will be nurtured, receive help in finding their field and learn to hear the voice of God in a workplace environment. It will help them focus on finding their calling, reach the fullness of their vision and reach their destiny. Releasing them to pour this same experience and training into others through workplace church plants or cells is an important outcome. The incubator church is a birthing and launching center for workplace ministers shifting the singular vision of the local church to the many visions they will have across the city.
Church Departments: Several large churches recognize this mighty move of God in the workplace and have assigned associate pastors and five-fold ministry members with a vision and calling to do many of the same things that the “incubator church” would do. They would not only nurture and disciple church members that would like to be equipped for a fivefold ministry to the workplace, but encourage and assist the workplace churches and cells throughout the city. They may very well have established several home groups among their church membership or planted simple churches that are focused on workplace ministry.
Workplace Churches: The workplace church differs from the average local church in that it exists for the benefit of its employees, suppliers, clients and shareholders—its community. Its main purpose is to fulfill the specific vision for the company or organization in which it was founded. It is a key part of the company identity that flows simultaneously along with trading, providing services and interacting with the community.
Fathering is an important part of the workplace church where its people are discipled and guided to fulfill their own God-given vision, rather than one-church vision. Releasing its members to build another workplace church or cell group is important. Losing its key workers to start another work in the marketplace is considered a mark of success. Rather than a focus on greater numbers of people inside itself, it more directed outward.
Another way the workplace church differs from many local churches is that it is not dependent upon the tithes and offerings of its congregation to fulfill its mandate; rather it is dependent upon its business success and the provision of God.3 It does teach the biblical principles of money management and giving, but sowing where and how would likely be different from a local church.
Giving of tithes in workplace churches allows for continued multiplication in the workplace and the city.3 The workplace church is a vehicle for outreach into the community to express the compassionate heart of God to the people. It offers the thirsty a glass of water, food to the hungry and housing for the homeless—the gifts of Isaiah 61:1-3 in healing and binding up the broken-hearted. .
Corporate Cells: If we are not called to be an apostle and build a church in our place of work, or if we work in a secular organization what do we do? Many of us are called to work out our gifts and callings there, shining the light of Christ into our territory and fulfilling the vision He has imparted into us, but people based in secular organizations are simply not free to build a church where they are and still conform to company policy, yet you can still be filled with a vision from God for your department or company and be empowered by God to fulfill that vision.4
You can build a strong cell in a company with the full knowledge of the owner and you may even be able to influence the future of that company from the bottom up, but God is not giving full company resources to your sphere to achieve His plans and purposes. Cells form Kingdom expression in the workplace. You can change the atmosphere of your department and you can change your company. You can bring in the Kingdom and create God’s habitation in your workplace. It is from here through prayer that you can call out to the God who holds the heart of kings and turns them. It is from this standpoint that God can get a secular owner to divert company funds to God’s purposes and the owner may not even sense God’s hand in what he chooses to do.5
Kingdom Advice Centers: Kingdom advice centers are specialist resource centers to advise and help equip people for the workplace. They provide apostolic and prophetic resources for workplace ministers. They do not have a permanent congregation and most of the people who attend them will belong to some other expression of church as well.
They provide a number of training courses, particularly hearing the voice of God in the workplace, to teach people to hear the voice of God speaking into their own personal life. They operate training courses on how to find your vision and how to walk that out.
Many people have seen in their hearts what God is calling them to do, but they don’t know how to get from where they are to what they are sensing. Kingdom advice centers help them find the steps. It’s not that they teach people or advise them what to do, so much as helping people to hear the Spirit of God and find their own way forward through His leading. 6
Networks for Equipping: For the sake of being on the “cutting-edge” of what God is doing through the extended church and building relationships with other workplace ministry colleagues from other spheres of influence across our city and region, networking with others from different venues is very important. Additional training and sharpening opportunities will come through dining together and hearing special speakers. A whole new scenario is now available for organizations like the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International that had an important influence on my wife and me as young Christians.
1. Rich Marshall with Ken Walker, God@Work--Volume 2 (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., 2005), p. 31.
2. Richard Fleming, The Glory Returns to the Workplace (San Giovanni Teatino, Italy: Destiny Image Europe, 2004), p. 130.
3. Ibid. p. 127.
4. Ibid. p. 128.
5. Ibid. p. 129.
6. Ibid. p. 131.
|Equip the saints “that they be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61:3b).|
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