A person actively trying to love Jesus and obey His commands and help others do the same.
A spiritual family of disciples actively trying to love Jesus and obey His commands and help others do the same.
Although all believers are called to make disciples, not all are called, qualified or aspire to be a church leader. The Bible teaches that the primary qualification for leadership is godly character, not gifting or education. The multiplication of disciples generationally requires recognizing and developing new believers who are noticeably growing in character and skills and appointing them as church leaders before they are fully mature. Certain skills and knowledge are necessary for church leadership but simple church leadership is quite different than in a “traditional church” in that it is accessible to everyone. See our list of simple church leadership qualities below:
- Growing in Perseverance, Availability, Teachability and Fruitfulness (2 Tim. 2:3-7).
- Growing in love for God through daily pray-reading God's Word. (John 5:39)
- Learning, living out and teaching others the 7 general commands of Jesus.
- Keeping an updated oikos diagram and praying daily for them to repent and believe in Jesus Christ.
- Learning and sharing Jesus stories with others, inviting them to lovingly obey Jesus Christ.
- Gathering and leading a house church using the Discovery Bible Study method.
- Learning and teaching introductory Bible studies of what a healthy church is and what it does.
A person who uses regular and practical teaching, modeling and discipling resulting in their disciples 1) growing in Christlikeness through genuine life transformation (“following Jesus”) and 2) being equipped, encouraged and held mutually accountable to make disciples of others who can repeat the discipling/training process (“fishing for men”). Training places emphasis on developing an environment and structure to multiply discipleship at every generation.
A person who guides another towards a movement of spiritual families actively trying to love Jesus and obey His commands and help others do the same.
Mat 28:18-20, 2 Tim 2:2, 1 Thess 2:7-12, Luke 10:1-28
We begin meeting weekly with an initial 3 month trial period to see if the coaching relationship is a good fit. Then, we continue the coaching as long as it’s beneficial to the coachee and he/she is faithful to the process that will lead to ministry success.
Jesus first coined the term “Person of Peace” in Luke 10:6 when he sent out his 72 disciples. We use 3 basic characteristics in identifying a Person of Peace based on Luke 10:5-7:
- Receives the gospel gladly and commits to loving Jesus and obeying His commands.
- Exercises hospitality by opening their home to host a bible study or house church
- Hears/ Reads gospel stories, Practices them with their trainers and Shares the stories with their oikos (friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc).
The Person of Peace isn’t always a believer, most of the time in the Gospels and the Book of Acts they weren’t e.g. Cornelius (Acts 10) or Lydia (Acts 16:11-15). However, they were spiritually open to God and gathered their oikos to respond to God’s Word.
Understanding the Three Levels of Authority helps us and our disciples to make wise decisions and discern what is essential and optional in ministry and mission.
1st LEVEL: New Testament Commands (eg. Baptism)
Obey God’s commands without voting or arguing about them, He is our Supreme Commander. A church is completely planted when it is doing all of the vital ministries that are required by Christ and His apostles in the New Testament.
2nd LEVEL: New Testament Practices, not Commanded (eg. Immediate Baptism)
A Christian has freedom to heed such practices or not to, since they are not commands. Do not prohibit following them, since the apostles practiced and approved them.
3rd LEVEL: Customs with no New Testament basis (eg. Baptism Certificates)
Never demand blind obedience to traditions. Most traditions are good. Prohibit traditions that hinder obedience to New Testament commands.
Keep persevering and growing in faith. Don’t quit! God cares more deeply for those that you are ministering to than you do. See John 14:12
"For evangelization purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance" (Source: 1982 Lausanne Committee Chicago meeting.)
A people group who are represented as:
- the Least because they are marginalized by society and/or circumstances.
- the Last because they have yet to hear and receive the Good News.
- the Lost because the Gospel has had no access, limited access or has been misrepresented.
A people group having less than or equal to 2% Evangelical Christians and less than or equal to 5% Professing Christians.
A people group among whom nobody is actively sharing Jesus or making disciples.
The terms Disciple-making Movement (DMM) and Church-planting Movement (CPM) are basically interchangeable. Some would say that a DMM emphasizes disciples making disciples while a CPM emphasizes churches planting churches.
A Church Planting Movement or Disciple Making Movement is a supernatural move of God’s Spirit sweeping through a people group or area. Many lives are transformed as people enter God’s Kingdom and disciples, leaders and simple churches multiply rapidly and exponentially unto at least fourth generations. These movements use simple methods to equip, empower and release new believers to love Jesus and obey His commands.
Actually, heresy is generally less prevalent in movements because of the very interactive nature of discipleship. The enemy can sow the seed of heresy among groups of believers who are a part of movements or traditional churches. The question is not whether the enemy will sow such problems but whether we are equipping disciples and churches to guard against false teachings and address them when they arise. Even the New Testament church faced such challenges, but equipping believers to rely on scripture as their authority and study the Scripture together as the body (as in Acts 17:11) helps guard against creative and eloquent false teachers. A focus on obedience-based discipleship instead of knowledge-based discipleship also protects against heresy taking root. In other words, disciples are not just committed to gaining knowledge, but the measure of their discipleship is obedience to that knowledge.
There have been movements throughout history including ones found in the book of Acts, the Celtic movement led by Saint Patrick, the Moravian movement, the Wesleyan movement, the Welsh revival, etc. This new wave of movements began in 1994 and is increasing exponentially through today with approximately 1300 identified movements globally.