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  • The Fast Company. February 2012 Generation Flux
  • The five shifts – traditional to transformational I want a GINK
  • Big Tent 2013 Engaging Discipleship

    1. 1. The Acts 16:5 Initiative Barnabas Leadership Groups
    2. 2. Engaging Discipleship
    3. 3. The Twentieth Century is the name of a train that no longer runs! Poet David Lehman <> 39
    4. 4. This Is Generation Flux (The Fast Company 1/9/12)
    5. 5. Flux is not merely “change.” Flux is continuous change.
    6. 6. Some things are not in flux! The Love of the God who Sustains us The love of the people of God who encourage us Our love for those to Whom God sends us
    7. 7. Yet many things are in flux! DJ Patil explains, "There are sometimes when you can predict weather well for the next 15 days. Other times, you can only really forecast a couple of days. Sometimes you can't predict the next two hours." The business [and ministry] climate, it turns out, is a lot like the weather. We've entered a next two-hours era.
    8. 8. In times of rapid change, what you know can mislead you! Michael Marquardt
    9. 9. This will require an openness to imagination and experimentation. We know that we may surrender some things we are used to while trying things that may not work! Its time for us to be a learning community that blesses the aspects of our faith and our congregation’s activities that we value while embracing Gods new future for us. May grace and mutual forbearance be ours!
    10. 10. Incline - transformaitonal Recline traditional Decline
    11. 11. “Americans are stupefyingly dumb about what they are supposed to believe.” Historian R. Laurence Moore Religious Literacy – What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn’t. Stephen Prothero
    12. 12. 1. Fewer than half of us can identify Genesis as the first book of the Bible. 2. Only one third know that Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. 3. A majority of Americans believe that the Bible says that Jesus was born in Jerusalem. 4. When asked whether the New Testament Book of Acts is in the Old Testament, one quarter of Americans say yes. More than a third say they don’t know. 5. Most Americans don’t know that Jonah is a book in the Bible. 6. 20% of Americans believed that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. 7. 60% of Americans can't name five of the Ten Commandments 8. Only 50% can name one of the four gospels 9. 50% of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were married. 10.75% believe the Bible teaches "God helps those who help themselves.”
    13. 13. What’s happening with Discipleship today? How well is the whole church growing disciples? Your church? How do you go about doing it?
    14. 14. Discipleship is all about spiritual growth
    15. 15. Q: Why focus on Discipleship? A: You hear the Word of Jesus and You know the Heart of Jesus
    16. 16. The Word of Jesus: make disciples
    17. 17. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18
    18. 18. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
    19. 19. The heart of Jesus: People Eyes
    20. 20. ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ Jesus’ eyes saw the true needs of the people in front of him: Bartimaeus Widow of Nain Canaanite woman’s daughter Woman at the well The Centurian’s Son Wedding in Cana Lepers Receive People eyes – in your own head – seeing through the eyes of Jesus for people
    21. 21. “ My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” Galatians 4:19 Odino
    22. 22. Receive People EyesReceive People Eyes see through the eyes of Jesus forsee through the eyes of Jesus for peoplepeople
    23. 23. What does it mean to grow disciples?
    24. 24. “Jesus comes right to your seat and says, “I have a word for you. I know your whole life story. I know every skeleton in your closet. I know every moment of sin, shame, dishonesty and degraded love that has darkened your past. Right now I know your shallow faith, your feeble prayer life, your inconsistent discipleship and my word is this, ‘I dare you to trust that I love you just as you are and not as you should be because you’re never going to be as you should be.’” Brennan Manning
    26. 26. Three ingredients for growing disciples: Relationship Content Time
    27. 27. GROWING DISCIPLES “At heart, growing disciples is a relational experience, not an instructional or classroom experience. It is the influence of life on life in the midst of the difficulties of life, an influence that helps us get to know Jesus and one another, helps us face our personal darkness and helps us grow in our reflection of the image of Christ.” E. Stanley Ott
    28. 28. growing disciples “Growing disciples is reproducing in others what the Spirit of God is producing in you and enabling them to reproduce it in a third generation.” – Chuck Miller © 2004 E. Stanley Ott
    29. 29. growing disciples “Discipling is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. This includes equipping the disciple to teach others as well.” - Greg Ogden © 2004 E. Stanley Ott
    30. 30. Growing disciples with the end in mind
    31. 31. The “end” in mind is not: Sunday School classes Bible classes seminars small groups mentoring spiritual direction These are MEANS not ends!
    32. 32. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. Acts 4:13
    33. 33. God Church World
    34. 34. Doxological Koinonial Missional The 3-D Image of Jesus
    35. 35. Dimension One: A Growing Commitment to the Triune God. (doxological) The Great Commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27a Dimension Two: A Growing Commitment to the Body of Christ (communal/koinonia) The New Commandment: "That you love one another even as I have loved you.” John 14:35 Dimension Three: A Growing Commitment to the work of Christ in the world (missional) The Great Commission: "Go into all the world and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19-20 The Great Commandment: "And thy neighbor as thyself.” Luke 10:27b
    36. 36. A Profile of a Disciple Doxological - Know, love and Experience the God who loves us Faith in Jesus Weekly worship (Experiencing God) Daily devotional life The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) Koinonial - Equip and care for the people God gives us Private meals with friends and strangers Participate in a face-to-face group (Equipping the People Commit a percent of my income to God’s work of God) Serve my church with specific ministry Missional - Engage the World to which God sends us Complete my work with excellence Offer the compassion of Jesus (show up) (Engaging our world) Bear witness to Jesus (speak up) Stand up for what is right. (stand up)
    37. 37. Develop a Culture and a Strategy for Making Disciples
    38. 38. Layers of Disciple-Making: 1. Growing one’s self 2. Growing others interpersonally – life on life 3. By means of shaping programs with the Defining Practices (witness, prayer, care…) 4.By means of small groups 5. By means of ministry teams 6. By means of teaching (classes/seminars) 7. By means of discipleship communities 8. By means of the “transforming moment”
    39. 39. Growing yourself as a disciple.
    40. 40. The “Reveal” study of Willow Creek
    41. 41. Growing as disciples with others: Face-to-face personal lifestyle (spontaneous and intentional) One-with-one intentional dyads One-with-two intentional triads (or quads) One with a small group (<15)
    42. 42. “Nebby” questions: What strategy do you personally use for growing disciples? With whom? What strategy does your congregation use for growing disciples? With whom? (what people groups?)
    43. 43. Witness Prayer Care Word With-me Send © 2004 E. Stanley Ott The 3-D Lifestyle Give
    44. 44. WORD SHARE PRAYER Send to ministry and mission © 2004 E. Stanley Ott 4-7 weeks 90 Days of Prayer Discipleship Essentials (Ogden) WSP Destiny series Unbinding Your Soul (Reese) Increasing Level of Commitment
    45. 45. Multiplying Triads (The Principle of Multiplication)
    46. 46. Call a ministry team together WSP - Prayer Covenant - Breaks bread Decide on population groups Adults (men, women, mixed) Youth – two adults leads triad = five Who are the potential leaders and triad members (early adopters)? Recruitment, training, deploying (Be in or lead a triad yourself) Follow through – maintaining momentum between booklets within a group and sustaining multiplication of new groups. Launching a Triad-based system of growing disciples
    47. 47. Just wanted to tell you that I have started several groups using the Discipleship Essentials books. It took me a while to decide to pull the trigger on something with such a commitment attached to it. But I have 3 groups I am leading. Two have 3 other guys in it (which feels like the perfect size) and the other has 2. I can't tell you how excited I am about this and they are. In one of the groups, the guys are almost giddy with their excitement about this sharing and growth opportunity. In all of them it appears to be, after 3-6 weeks (some groups started earlier than others), one of the most important things I am doing. I am certainly gaining a great deal from this method of making disciples with a deep conviction and commitment. And they are very moved by the experience so far. I am also excited about the possibilities for the next permutation, when they start to lead others. Bob Bohl Central Presbyterian Church, Athens, GA
    48. 48. The Acts 16:5 InitiativeThe Acts 16:5 Initiative Develop a Defining VisionDevelop a Defining Vision
    49. 49. © 20013 E. Stanley Ott
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    51. 51. The Acts 16:5 Initiative Barnabas Leadership Groups