Church Planting

What is Just In Time Training?

“Just in Time Training” was an unfamiliar concept for me. Why are they not applying what I taught them?  We taught how to create a set of stories for discipleship in the Orientation Program, but they are just preaching. They seem to have completely forgotten everything they learned in the training!  Argghh!!

Have you ever felt frustrated that you invest a lot in training people only to see little field application happen?

I sure was!  Then I put into practice what is called Just in Time TrainingJust in Time Training (sometimes called Micro-Learning) is when you give people only what they need to use immediately. You train in small learning segments. read more

The Struggle to Believe for Disciple Making Movements

Do you ever struggle for faith that disciple making movements are possible? Or possible in your place? Or possible through you?  I certainly have.  I’m not proud of it, but it is true.

Sometimes in what Michael Hyatt calls the “messy middle” we stop believing.  The “messy middle” is a place between the vision’s beginning and it’s realization. It’s the place where we wonder if our dream is possible.

My Struggle For Faith

There was a long “messy middle” for me.  It was 20 years from when I heard about DMMs (back then we spoke of multiplying daughter and grand-daughter churches) and the time I first saw 4th generation groups.  On that journey, I often wanted to quit. I regularly doubted it could happen. read more

5 Steps for Moving from 1st Generation groups to 2nd, 3rd and Beyond

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How Do You Get Generational Growth In Disciple Making Movements?

They were a faithful and passionate team of local workers.  They shared the gospel often and led people to the Lord.  They worked hard.  They had started 10 1st generation groups of disciples.  Not too bad by most peoples’ standards. Generational growth in disciple making had not yet begun though.

They were stuck at 1st generation (1G) growth.  They only knew how to start groups themselves.  They didn’t know how to get the believers in those groups to start new groups.  Sound familiar? read more

Before Your First Discipleship Group – DMM Basics 101

“I love the idea of making disciples of new believers and seeing those discipleship groups multiply! I’m in!” you might be saying.  “But where do I start?  What do I need to do first to see a disciple making movement begin?”

There Are 3 “Basics” That Are Needed As Every DMM Gets Started.

  1. A Prayer Strategy
  2. Abundant Seed Sowing
  3. Finding the Person of Peace

I played basketball in college.  I wasn’t amazing, but I enjoyed it.  It was fun to be a part of a team.  I loved the games.  I hated the practices.  Our coach would push us hard on the court in the early morning practice.  We had to dribble, shoot lay-ups and free throws until we were sick of it.  We ran back and forth, up and down the court dribbling and passing the ball until we could do it in our sleep.  It was these basics that won the games. read more

Getting from a Disciple Making Dream to a DMM Reality

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Nine years ago, we had 100 teams and about 9000 believers in the churches those teams had started. We had many workers but were not seeing disciple making movements.

We had taught and prayed for years and years about multiplication, disciple making, and church planting movements.  We had never really experienced one.  Only a few teams had second generation growth and none of them had gone beyond the 3rd generation.

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Moving from a disciple making movement dream to a reality

Disciple Making Movement: Dream or Disappointment?

Believe me, when I say I’ve experienced deep disillusionment in this whole process of pursuing a rapidly growing disciple making movement among the unreached!  There were many times where I thought it was impossible and that DMMs were something others would see but not us. read more

Tracking Generational Growth in your Disciple Making Movement

“We never had any idea what was really happening until we started using generational growth charts in our training,” the church planting leader said with a broad smile.  “Now we can actually see our progress and where the problems are!”

It is not uncommon for Disciple Making Movement trainers to be in a similar position.  You keep training.  You keep mentoring.  Testimonies are heard.  It seems like things are going well, but you really don’t know how well.  You feel somewhat confused and can’t visualize progress. read more

Tracking and Reporting in DMMs

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Many people struggle with the idea of reporting progress on church or ministry growth. Reporting in disciple making movements can be controversial.

Recently, I had a meeting with some people to bring a better understanding of this issue.  There was a lot of confusion related to this topic. Emotions ran high.

Why report and track? There are lots of reasons people choose not to report.

For some, it can feel controlling.  Others think it isn’t loving.  Some feel it isn’t necessary.  It can feel too business like and not very spiritual.  Some think we are obsessed with results and don’t care about people. read more

Why Disciple Making Movements?

What is all the “fuss” about?  Why do people get so passionate about Disciple Making Movements or Church Planting Movements?  Is it just another missions “fad”?

Reading this and you’ve been pursuing starting a DMM (Disciple Making Movement) for some time? Read on.  Be encouraged and inspired once again.  I’d love to hear in the comments why you got “on board” with the vision for DMMs.  Tell us your story!

The God-sized dream of seeing movements of disciples started among the last, least and lost began for me more than 20 years ago.  It’s morphed and changed through the years.  I’ve had highs and lows.  It still burns inside of me.  It still gets me out of bed in the morning.  Why? read more

What NOT to Depend on in Disciple Making

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Discipleship, especially when you are wanting to make true disciple makers, is a process that can seem long and difficult.  We often look for shortcuts.

Have you ever found yourself trying to go somewhere fast and then decided to take a shortcut? You see this little lane and you are pretty sure it will cut through to the main road? “I’ll go for it,” you think.  It seems like a good idea that will save you time and get you there faster.

As you are driving along on your motorbike or in your car, suddenly, the road narrows and there is a huge truck parked in the road. You can’t get by because the road is too narrow.  That has happened to me more than once. Another time, I came up the road and suddenly found a big pile of rocks dumped in the road for the construction of a nearby building. Then there were the times I took a shorter road but hit an avalanche. When this happens, you back up, turn around, and by the time you get back to where you started from, you are frustrated, annoyed and it is 15 minutes later but you are still at the same place. read more

Key #3 DMM Breakthrough Growth: Train Don’t Teach

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Do you long to see more multiplication through your discipleship training?  Are you tired of only seeing a few new disciples each year?

The last two blogs talked about Keys for seeing DMMs released. The first keys were  Key #1: Praying With Faith and Key #2: Perseverance.

There is another crucial key to releasing a movement. If you want to multiply disciples, an important change needs to happen in how you do discipleship training. You need to shift from being a Teacher to becoming a Trainer.

What is the difference between the two? read more