A person attempting to live in loving obedience to Jesus and His commands.
A person who helps someone else to live in loving obedience to Jesus and His commands.
A spiritual family of disciples attempting to live in loving obedience to Jesus and His commands.
A person who guides another towards a movement of spiritual families of disciples attempting to live in loving obedience to Jesus and His commands.
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
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 DMM/CPM is a supernatural move of God’s Spirit sweeping through a people group or area. Thousands of 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 indigenous 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 over 700 identified movements.