#Disciple-Making #Movement

 

The following is a list of the strategic elements used to start a Disciple-Making Movement.
If any of them are missing, there will be serious difficulties fulfilling kingdom purposes.

 

Essential Kingdom Elements include:

  • Prayer: Pervasive prayer is the starting point for all ministry.  We must know the mind of God and join Him in His work.
  • Scripture: Scripture is foundational and the source of all teaching and preaching.  Scripture leads to principles, which lead to practice.
  • Disciples: Make Disciples, not converts. Converts focus on religion.  Disciples focus on Jesus and obedience to His teachings.
  • Obedience: Teach obedience to the Word, not doctrine.  Doctrine is our church’s teaching from the Bible as well as the historical practices of the church.  It may be highly interpretive, and may not consider the full counsel of the Bible.
  • Communities of Believers (church): Form new believers into Discovery Groups with as few extra-Biblical practices and beliefs as possible so that they become Communities of Believers (churches) who transform families and communities.
  • Authority of the Word and the Holy Spirit: Authority of Scripture and the Holy Spirit are all that is needed to establish self-replicating Disciples, leaders, and churches. Church planting is an act of God through His Spirit and His people who are obedient to the Word and the Spirit.
  • Persecution: Persecution is part of being a Christian.  In pioneer work it is expected and response is trained.
  • Spiritual Warfare: In areas where the Gospel has never been preached, or in areas where traditional religions have reigned for a significant amount of time, it is not unusual to find those engaging in DMM activities confronted by spiritual conflicts that range from annoying to life-threatening.
  • Sacrifice: Disciple-makers must be prepared to sacrifice security and comforts to fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission.

 

Tactical Elements include:

  • Groups: Groups/Communities learn more quickly, remember more things and remember them better, replicate more quickly and when correctly established protect against heresy and bad leadership.
  • Planning/Being Intentional: Plan your work and work your plan. Be intentional in ministry, prayer, Scripture, and Disciple-making.
  • Engagement: Service, also called ministry, opens the door for Disciple-making and leads to community transformation as the church obeys the ministry commands of Scripture.  Ministry precedes evangelism and evangelism is always the desired result of ministry.  Timing is important and necessary, especially in highly resistant societies.
  • Persons of Peace: Start with the Person of Peace or an existing relationship that will permit a Discovery Group or Witness.
  • Households/families/affinity groups: Focus on households/families/affinity groups, not individuals.  Households include non-related people living and relating together as family.
  • Evangelism: Evangelism is the act of inviting a Person of Peace and their family/household/affinity group to study the Word of God in order to move from not knowing God to falling in love with Him through Jesus. Disciple-makers extend the Kingdom of God through evangelism.  The primary method used is the Discovery Group in relationship with maturing believers.  This makes disciples, not converts.
  • Reproducing: Reproducing disciples, leaders, groups and churches becomes a part of the group DNA.
  • Reaching Out (Missions): Reaching out to all segments of society becomes a part of the group DNA as a result of obedience to the Great Commission (missions) and the Great Commandments.
  • Redeeming Local Culture (Embracing the Local Culture): Do not import external culture, but redeem local culture by embracing all you Biblically can in a culture and allowing obedience to the Word to transform/redeem the rest.

Leadership Elements include:

  • Inside Leaders: Keep all things reproducible by Inside Leaders and directed/lead by Inside Leaders.
  • Outside Leaders: Outside Leaders Model, Equip, Watch, and Leave.  Outside leaders introduce new concepts that are contextualized by inside leaders.  Outside leaders deculturalize; inside leaders contextualize.
  • Self-Supporting Leaders: Self-supporting, local leaders start and sustain all work – including groups, fellowships, and churches.  Self-supporting may mean the worker has a job or business.  This improves access and breaks down the unbiblical barriers between clergy and laity.
  • Education: Education increases knowledge though teaching.  The focus is on knowledge.
  • Training: Training increases skill sets primarily through coaching.  The focus is on the task and behaviors or character of the workers.
  • Equipping: Equipping increases capacity through mentoring relationships.  The focus is on the person, helping individuals become all that God has called them to be.

For more visit http://contagiousdisciplemaking.com/the-dna-of-discovery-groups

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