Evangelism

How to Cooperate With God and Release Miracles

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A Disciple Making Movement trainer I know uses this question with potential seekers. “If God were to do a miracle for you today, what would it be?” Let them answer, then pray for whatever they said. Watch and see what God will do. This simple evangelism strategy makes room for God to show off His power and tremendous love.

It’s a somewhat scary strategy for some.

When we pray for a miracle, we can feel like we will be evaluated based on what happens. If God does something unusual, great. If not, then we wonder if we will be discredited somehow. People might think we are dishonest, fraudulent promoters of kooky religious ideas. Or they may reject us as just plain weird. Others might feel we are trying to be someone great, but aren’t able to deliver the goods. read more

Share Jesus In a New Way This Christmas!

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Feeling frustrated that it isn’t quite as easy to share about Jesus, the reason for the season this year?  Let’s try something new.  Join the #explainchristmaschallenge with me. Let’s saturate social media with short videos that share the true meaning of this holiday!

I wrote about this last week, but it’s not too late to join in and do this.

Christmas is in a few days, but this doesn’t take long to do.  

Here’s how

  • Make a 15 to 30-second video explaining what Christmas means to you.
  • Send it out on WhatsApp, Signal, or post it on Instagram or Facebook, Twitter, etc. Be sure to use the hashtag #explainchristmaschallenge on social media if you live in a place where it is safe for you to do so.
  • In the post, invite people to private message you to learn more.
  • Begin a spiritual conversation with them over messenger or WhatsApp
  • Invite them to read the story of Jesus’ birth with you over Zoom or WhatsApp or in person.
  • Ask them if they have any friends or family who might also like to join us.

Let’s pray and believe God will use this to help us find new Persons of Peace. read more

Join Me in the Explain Christmas Challenge

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Christmas is one of my favorite times of year! It’s not because of the lights, music, gifts or family meals together though I enjoy those. It is because it’s one of the easiest times in the entire calendar year to share the message of Christ with others. This year things are different with the pandemic’s effects still felt in many nations. We can still share His message with others, but we need to get creative. Initiatives like the #explainchristmaschallenge can help us with this

What is the Explain Christmas Challenge about?

A few weeks ago as I was scrolling my Instagram account I came across an awesome idea! read more

When On-line Simple Church Spills Over

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A fresh wave of regulations and lock-down orders has hit many nations. It can feel discouraging. How do we continue our disciple making efforts in times like these? A week or so ago, I interviewed a leader from South Asia who recently tried something new. His on-line simple church efforts rapidly multiplied. They spilled over to many in-person groups also beginning across the region.

WATCH THE FULL 9 MINUTE INTERVIEW 

What stood out as you watched?

Here are a few things to consider:

  • when we do what we CAN do, God does what we CANNOT.
  • creativity and innovative efforts led to fruitfulness.
  • the standstill was not accepted but they sought God for solutions.
  • the mission to start movements wasn’t hindered but advanced because of the difficulties.

Learn more about how to start a Disciple Making Movement and on-line simple church groups that multiply in the course Getting Started in Disciple Making Movements. A new cohort will open in early January. read more

What Does It Mean to Be Bold and Faithful in Witness?

What does it take to become the kind of person who launches movements? Last week I wrote about twelve important characteristics we must develop in our lives. Becoming the kind of person who is bold and faithful in their witness was #2 on my list. For some, this is incredibly obvious. For others, it’s uncomfortable and difficult.

A few days ago I met with someone for a coaching call. They told me, “A brother I am working with is excited about DMMs and wants to train many others in this. The problem I see, though, is he rarely shares the gospel with those in his neighborhood or life.” Probing a bit further, I discovered a common problem. Many of us are better theorists than we are practitioners. read more

How to Respond to Indifference & Opposition

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I feel a bit sad,” she said. “I’ve been trying to share with Muslim neighbors about my faith. Now they are avoiding talking with me! I’m not sure what to do.” I could hear the frustration and concern in her voice. When you begin to share boldly with those around you, opposition and resistance are sure to come.

How will you respond?

Abundant gospel sowing sounds great and is an important principle of DMMs. It is clear that bold witness is a characteristic of every Disciple Making Movement. There is a price to pay. read more

Will You Focus on the Living or the Dead this Easter?

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The news has been full of death statistics of late. New York Post headlines from April 8th read “Coronavirus kills 1,000 in NYC in just 36 hours.” Not good news! On April 5th, the death toll in Spain had crossed 12,000 dead. How are we to celebrate Easter in such a time?

If there ever was a time for us to proclaim the incredible news of Christ’s resurrection it is now.

Jesus is alive. He conquered death and the grave. By His stripes, those He suffered on Calvary, we are healed (Is. 53:5). The coronavirus has no grip on Him…nor on us! What a wonderful message we have to share. read more

Making Disciples During the COVID-19 Global Crisis

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Never in history has a world-wide shut down of this magnitude occurred. With so many self-isolating and practicing social distancing, it could make our job of disciple making much harder. Many would say, “Take a break. Start disciple making efforts again when this is all over.” The problem is, we have no idea when that will be. During this time, we must stay active in disciple making. Let us even look for ways to increase our efforts.

There are many ways to look at a situation like this. How is God looking at it? What is He wanting to do through it? read more

Quickly Finding and Activating Persons of Peace in a New Area

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“How do I get started with DMMs? I’m finding it difficult to find a Person of Peace. I can’t even find someone ready to have a spiritual conversation!” my trainee said. The frustration in her voice was notable. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting an Asian movement leader who has seen incredible fruit. Their movement is now well over 20,000 believers. He shared an excellent entry strategy. As my trainee asked this question, his example came to mind.

To find a Person of Peace, or several at one time, you have to cast your net wide. You can’t “fish” with a pole…you need a big net. The Asian movement leader’s example demonstrated how he did this. read more

How an Ordinary Man Launched a Movement of Disciples

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Stories are powerful and each person’s story unique. I love to listen to the testimonies of the “ordinary” people I coach and train. It’s amazing how God has been at work in each individual’s life bringing them to the place they are today.

A few days ago as I sat and listened to a movement leader’s story. I was once again touched by the power of God to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

He was not outwardly impressive. His English was decent, but not fantastic. The ways God has used him to multiply disciples…that was pretty great though! read more