We crowded into the hotel conference room for our final session at the end of a long week searching for people and houses of peace. All of this happened in Moss Side, notorious for its high rate of drug and gang related murders. Thanks to our hosts, Anthony Delaney and Ivy Church, and to Don Waybright and the team from Sugar Creek which included their lead pastor Mark Hartman.
The notorious Moss Side neighborhood of Manchester UK is recognized as the most diverse neighborhood in the world. Day One: 56 people received prayer, 48 people heard the gospel (3Circles), 11 yellow lights (I want to learn more), 4 green lights (turned and believed). Steve Wright talks about how a multi-site mega church can reach it’s community through multiplying disciples and churches. Each touch of training has two components: one is the event and the second is the weekly rollout.
We went in to Tulsa in September-October, and it was just a soft touch of training with the pastors and elders and a few key people in the church. They started going through the Commands of Christ on Wednesday nights, they started taking a training team out in the harvest on Thursday nights, and next thing you know you’re seeing out of this church led by pastors and elders, people come to Christ and stories start bubbling out within the community.
So we show up in January and I meet with their fruitful trainers on the ground the night before, and we run through the training and practice and we get up there and their people did 80% of the training.
So second touch of training, we did the event and then they did the 4-6 week rollout of the Commands of Christ afterwards. At this training one of the trainer’s second-generation disciple was there and that person baptized a third-generation disciple at the training.
Our whole goal is to come in to help get it started, then we remove ourselves and just continue on in a coaching and mentoring relationship, so that it’s the local leaders and teams that are the ones rolling this out.
The 3Touches are three training events on sharing the gospel and making disciples, two-three months apart. At the last event (2-3 months later) the swarm team watch while the local practitioners do all the training.
Adopt a NoPlaceLeft radius around church to share gospel with every household within a time-frame.
Recently I spoke to Troy Cooper about how he finds churches that are ready to become mobilisation centres for multiplying disciples and churches. One is disciple-making—they’re usually exploring different evangelism and discipleship tools that are totally unrelated to one another.
The second is church planting—hey we’re interested in planting churches—and they’ll typically outsource this to somebody. The third one is missions mobilization; they’ve got a heart to mobilize people to the nations and they’re usually looking to outsource that too. When I look at the Bible and see what happened in the book of Acts, if you start with disciple-making, it leads to church planting, which leads to missions mobilisation. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. In New Zealand, as in Australia, Britain and Europe, we’re still a long way from multiplying movements of disciples and churches.
The biggest barrier to the spread of the gospel, resulting in new disciples and multiplying streams of churches, is our unwillingness to share the gospel up front and early and teach new disciples how to obey Christ. Theirs is the story of gospel advance as Phil is facing a life and death struggle with cancer. Phil and Monika Clark talk with Steve Addison about their story of pioneering movements in New Zealand.
Last time we checked in Russell Godward was out searching for houses of peace in Gisambi, Kenya.
If you want your Mondays to be different maybe we could come and train with you, your church or a group of churches in your town?
I got comfortable and settled in to switch off and watch a movie before the busy two weeks ahead and noticed an older Asian man sitting next to me. Part way though the flight (at and my movie!) the gentleman next to me tapped me on the shoulder. I talked about how in the Koran it says Jesus was sinless, born of a virgin and did miracles. So, there, at 30,000 feet we prayed and Salim from Sri Lanka asked Jesus to forgive his sins and said he wanted to follow Him. Please pray that the seed that has been planted in Salim’s heart will grow and that he will become a strong follower of Christ. David Broodryk talks to Steve Addison about the place of groups, gatherings and teams in pioneering movements in urban environments. God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. But if influence reduces merely to terms of human flourishing and the Common Good, we are not preaching the gospel. According to Pew Research, among Christians women are more religious than men, but among Muslims women are rarely more religious than men. The poll, published in the liberal daily L’Unita, challenges long-held perceptions that Italy is a ”Catholic” country, despite the popularity of Pope Francis and the historic role of the Vatican City State in the heart of Rome. Of the 1,500 respondents, 4 percent said they were Orthodox or Protestant, 2 percent were Buddhist, 1 percent were Jewish and 1 percent were Muslim. A surprising 20 percent said they were atheist, while 8 percent said they were religiously unaffiliated.
Italy has witnessed a weakening of religious faith over the past 20 years and a growing trend toward personal spiritual inquiry. Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, mostly because Muslims are younger and have more children than any other religious group globally. Its ancient cities are cradles of Christian art and learning, and Catholicism is in many ways the country’s raison d’etre.
But Belgium’s devout heritage has been traded for secularism and Islam has stepped into the void.
Among all respondents, levels of active adherence to Catholicism seemed to diminish dramatically with age, while the practice of Islam increased correspondingly.
The percentage of avowedly “practising Catholics” far exceeds the numbers who actually turn up at mass, as any cleric will confirm. Chuck Wood discusses what it takes to move beyond making disciples to multiplying churches. When Jesus announced the arrival of the kingdom of God, he was announcing the beginning of the end times.
Somehow people think that because the kingdom has arrived in the person of Jesus, his death and resurrection, the world will be transformed in this age. The one thing he did promise was that repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47).

This month Mission Frontiers magazine published an extract from book on Pioneering Movements. The Jim Muir’s extensive report on the rise of ISIS and why it’s not going away anytime soon.
Articles by Jeff Sundell, Nathan Shank, Troy Cooper, Stan Parks, David Watson, Fred Campbell and some bloke called Steve Addison.
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Not long ago, Peter was part of a fearsome gang of thieves and killers, terrorizing anyone or anything that dared be in their path.
One day, Peter was approached by a group of Christians mustering their God-given courage to speak to him. Pastor Raphael Pacha, a Karamajong, is father to 16 children from two wives (his first wife passed away). At the age of 16, Raphael was a cow thief, and a friend saw he was living recklessly and invited him to Kenya, hoping he would change.
Back in Uganda now, Pastor Raphael works with Glorious Ministries in Namalu, and 11 churches have formed from his efforts! Pastor John Lokong, the Assistant Pastor at Body of Christ Church Namalu, explained the challenges he has met while serving in Karamoja.
Thanks to CMA supporters like you, we were able to distribute 44 Bibles to the pastors in various local languages: Turkana, Karamojong, Teso, Kiswahili and English. Thanks to CMA supporters, the pastors in Karamoja are now able to overcome many of the challenges they face as they evangelize.
On behalf of all the pastors and church leaders, CMA sends our sincere thanks and appreciation for your generous support for this much-needed training to help in the spreading of the Gospel. We encountered Muslims from around the world, Rastafarians, Gnostics, drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, gang bangers and more. We really believe it’s the week-to-week rollout of the training that really gets to movement, but the event training becomes an on-ramp for people and an opportunity to help raise up trainers. So we were scheduled for January, April and July—three touches—but the January training was now a second touch because we’ve already got people on the ground that can train. We just went back for the third touch and just watched them at two campuses, and now they’ve got a solid training team on several campuses, and now those teams are helping train other churches in the city. After each one 3Thirds discipleship groups are launched to practice the skills, begin sharing the gospel and learn how to disciple others.
So we went in to talk about church planting but we immediately went back to let’s talk about how to make disciples. We pray together as a young 19 year old guy turns his life over to following Jesus, and we make plans to start meeting to disciple him! Broken people are not put back together overnight, but why would you want to do anything else? The Spirit stirred him, then a slow realisation showed on his face and he acknowledged that Jesus must be greater.
Salim’s son-in-law in Sri Lanka is a Christian and when he returns to Sri Lanka he is looking forward to talking with him. A flourishing culture that likes the trappings and benefits of Christianity, but not its kernel, isn’t biblical Christianity.
Here’s the inspiring story of how disciple making movements are spreading in the prison system. Of those, some said they believed in destiny, horoscopes, reincarnation, Tarot readings and miracle cures. All other faiths, except Islam, have plateaued or are declining in their percentage share of the world’s growing population.
When it was created in 1830, the kingdom offered a political home to Catholic Dutch-speakers who preferred to unite with French-speaking co-religionists than with Protestants with whom they had a common tongue.
Among respondents in the city, practising Catholics amounted to 12% and non-practising ones to 28%.
Thus among respondents aged 55 and over, practising Catholics amounted to 30% and practising Muslims to less than 1%; but among those aged between 18 and 34, active adherence to Islam (14%) exceeded the practice of Catholicism (12%).
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Your leadership skills training, development and educational courses demand the same kind of purposeful mind-set. Throughout the week, pastors and community leaders studied God’s Word together and eagerly learned how to be effective preachers, how to study the Bible, and about church management, among other important topics. Attendees began to understand that now is the time for both of their communities to forge together in unity and see the change they desire; now is the time for struggles to end. Peter’s current vocation is a far cry from his past life – a life that once condoned violence, theft and even murder. So feared were Peter and his cronies, that they sought shelter in the bushes, as no one would associate with them. Having prepared themselves with prayer and fasting, they persuaded Peter to turn to Christ. Peter’s amazing conversion enabled him to lead many more to Christ, including his fellow gang members.

How he wishes that he could read the Bible for himself, and respond to letters sent to him by other pastors. Culturally, this is normal in Karamoja, as men have up to four wives, with a few exceptions of those with up to 30 wives. Raphael kept stealing, and things took a turn for the worse when a cattle owner shot and injured him. He has written down many notes in regards to the struggles he is going through as a pastor. Our prayer is that those we have trained will share their new knowledge widely, bringing many to salvation for the glory of God. This is only the beginning, and you can see that these dedicated men and women need our help to become the great Christian leaders God intended them to be.
The challenge was that because this was coming from pastors and elders in the community, we had seven churches there, with seven lead pastors! They know NoPlaceLeft—that’s the banner they’re flying under—and they know there’s a number of pastors and churches in the area that are doing this. When we find a pastor that’s broken for lostness, hungry to learn, then we can come in as catalysts, serve them like crazy through training and coaching, and praying for them like crazy. Letting the lead pastor and elders see that we come to serve and that we’re willing to go at the pace of the Holy Spirit through their leadership. Even more, God is glorified that whether Phil lives or dies, Phil and Monika live in Christ. He needs to leave, but before he does Dapo asks him if we can meet again to share some more?
We begin to share more with him; we ask if he feels near or far from God and he talks a little about this. I love that the explosion of Christianity led to a revolution in human dignity; in hospitals and university.
A true gospel will be met with resistance because it overturns the accepted patterns of the world. Some 19% were active Muslims and another 4% were of Muslim identity without practising the faith. If anything holds Belgium together through its third century of existence, Catholicism will not be the glue.
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All who attended affirmed that this new way of thinking would go a long way towards understanding and accepting each other. Every morning, like clockwork, this brutal gang would raid homes to maim and kill inhabitants and to steal anything they thought valuable.
Learning Bible study methods at the seminar enlightened Peter, despite his inability to read.
People accept Christ but still let cultural and cultic practices dictate their lifestyle,” John says, concluding, “this is where our ministry is most needed, and we will minister for as long as is necessary.
We pray that peace and unity will be restored in the hearts, homes, and villages of Karamoja and beyond. It was actually just supposed to be a vision meeting; it wasn’t supposed to be a training, but they took what I gave them and they began to roll it out. We had over 250 people at this massive training, getting trained, going out in the harvest…this is awesome, but the challenge is, if this thing continues to blow up, how many people are comfortable training in front of 250 people? I want a renaissance of high culture that produces aesthetic wonders emanating from Christianity.
New Testament Christianity assumes that a follower of Christ is well acquainted with scorn (2 Tim.
But if this trend continues, practitioners of Islam may soon comfortably exceed devout Catholics not just in cosmopolitan Brussels, as is the case already, but across the whole of Belgium’s southern half.
Point your browser to any of the following resources, discover your growth opportunities and begin your own leadership adventure today. Later, in the bushes, these men would “celebrate” by marking their bodies with knife cuts; a mark for every person killed. Just 10 years after moving to Kenya, Raphael felt God calling him to share the gospel with his people.
It can seem like it’s just one church that’s doing this, so that’s why I just dropped the idea hey what if we rolled this out at multiple campuses next time? So these newer believers are training other believers how to make disciples, and what gave them such credibility to do it is, for the last 4-6 months they’ve been out in the harvest every week, engaging lostness, sharing the gospel, discipling the fruit and starting groups in homes, and they’re already seeing third generation disciples.
If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Learning leadership skills means making a commitment, managing your personal development and reaching towards significance. At that moment the guy changes, the bravado falls away and he visibly warms to the idea of prayer. What is the Zend Optimizer?The Zend Optimizer is one of the most popular PHP plugins for performance-improvement, and has been available without charge, since the early days of PHP 4.
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So there on the High Street, as the cold and dark press in on us, we pray for him and his family in Jesus’ name.

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