I’m incredibly excited about what is happening in our church right now. We’re really dialing in on discipleship, more than ever, in a variety of ways. As we assessed the health of our church, we evaluated the four “selfs” of a viable church plant.
- Self-Governing – a church led by a plurality of elders
- Self-Sustaining – a church financially supported by its own people
- Self-Reproducing – a church that multiplies disciples, missional communities, and church plants
- Self-Gospeling – a church that is equipped to apply the gospel to itself and to its own cultural context
Our Steps towards Viral Discipleship
After sharing our progress on each “self” on a Sunday morning, we have focused in on Self-reproducing. In order to avoid becoming a church that has a shelf-life, we need to reproduce on a micro and macro level. We need reproductive gospel DNA. Although our staff and some of our leadership were practicing reproductive discipleship; it was not viral. Therefore, I wrote a paper on “The Missing Ingredient of Reproductive Discipleship” and discussed it with our elders and staff. Then, after refining our thoughts, we then turned our attention to practical steps for cultivating reproductive discipleship. Those steps included:
- Casting Vision to our Leaders about Reproductive Disciple-making
- A message on The Mission of Making Disciples
- Working through a Gospel/Community/Mission Primer in our missional communities.
- Our MCs making a missional commitment to disciple-making.
- Identifying & training disciples through 12: Making the Gospel Viral
We’re hopeful that this will lead to viral discipleship and missional faithfulness in passing the gospel of Jesus on. Pray for us if you think about it.
I am very pleased to announce the launch of www.gospelcentereddiscipleship.com (GCD). The mission of GCD is to promote resources that make, mature, and multiply disciples of Jesus. Currently, all our content is free! This week we launched with:
GCD will be posting new resources every single week. We have a stash of great articles, some eBooks, more articles currently being written, and curriculum should be available down the road. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered, feel free to drop us a line on our contact form
At our inaugural PlantR Microconference, we are hosting Alan Hirsch on the topic of Missional Discipleship. Session 2 is on Incarnational Mission (how to make disciples).
Incarnation As Mission
- We are sent like the Father sent the Son–incarnation.
- Jesus is in the neighborhood for 30 years and nobody knew.
- This way of incarnating the gospel is the most profound way God has ever engaged the world.
- If the incarnation is the way God sends, then we must become incarnational.
- The apostles worked with the message Jesus is Lord and that was enough.
- You don’t commute to your mission.
Incarnating the Gospel via Discipleship (6 Ps)
- Presence – God is with you on mission not just for you.
- Proximity – Context is everything. Take your “small group” and put it out in public.
Here are some event & conferences I am looking forward to speaking at this Fall. I’ll be presenting fresh material at a lot of these. In particular, I’ll be focusing on what I’m calling Integrated Discipleship (theology meets practice big time), the Challenges of Missional Community (stories of failure, difficulty, and struggle to make MCs work).
Most of these are currently live for Registration!