Discipleship Training Developed in a Missions Context

The Focus of the Keystone Project

The content and focus of The Keystone Project is the fulfillment of Jesus’ command to His disciples in Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” These “orders” (Acts 1:2), in which Jesus clearly defined the mission of the church, were given over 2,000 years ago. Today, about 42% of the world’s population remains unreached with the gospel of the kingdom--that is, almost 7,000 nations (ethnos, meaning people groups, not countries). In describing the signs and time of His return, Jesus told His disciples, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end shall come” (Matthew 24:14).

Our mission is not yet finished. We believe this generation, more than any other in history, has everything it needs to complete this sacred task. How then shall we do it? The remaining unreached people groups are unreached because they are the most resistant to the gospel and the most difficult to engage. They are not open to church planting or mass evangelism. Traditional missionary efforts have accomplished much, and we are deeply thankful for all who have gone before us in this Great Commission of Jesus. But the time has come to embrace a strategy that is biblical, Spirit-led, self-sustaining, and which cannot be stopped by any force or obstacle. That strategy is the launching of movements of multiplying disciples. It begins with a Spirit-prepared and chosen first-generation disciple, with whom you work to at least the fourth generation--intentionally making disciples who will make disciples. The enemies of the gospel can shut down our evangelistic meetings, close our church services, or burn our Bibles and buildings, but they cannot stop a movement of Spirit-led and transformed disciples who are willing to sacrifice anything for their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

The Keystone Project can show you how to do this.

This discipleship training strategy was developed on the mission field in India and Southern and Eastern Africa from 1994 to 2004 by Keystone Project founder, Richard Greene. As Richard conducted discipleship training for interdenominational Christian leaders in those regions, he became increasingly concerned with the ineffectiveness of local indigenous churches to impact their immediate cultural context or penetrate unreached areas. He saw that this was largely due to a traditional focus on planting western-style churches oriented around a building, resulting in an unintended neglect of evangelism and disciple-making.

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The Results

The results are difficult to accurately measure. We have received many reports from those who have embraced the concept of multi-generational discipleship, and the numbers are sometimes difficult to believe. We have personally verified many movements of disciples and new churches. In a meeting with the deputy attorney general of an eastern African nation, Richard was shown census statistics that documented millions of new converts and churches. Their investigation into the validity of the numbers showed that the bulk of this growth came from 19 denominations that we had trained in 2004. We believe the Holy Spirit is at work in many places through many groups and ministries, and that much of what He is doing is undocumented and unknown.

In 2004, after serving for 5 years in South Africa, Richard returned to the USA for furlough and was offered the opportunity to teach this vision to a select group of international leaders from 85 countries. A benefactor in Keystone, South Dakota provided hotel accommodations, airfare, food, and materials for these leaders to receive our training for 4 weeks. Many of these leaders returned to unreached regions and have launched significant disciple-making movements.

Until the end of 2009, Richard led The Keystone Project as a missionary serving with the global missions organization, World Partners. In January 2010, Richard received the blessing from World Partners to officially launch The Keystone Project Inc. as its own non-profit organization with a fully functioning board of directors. Two significant donations of property were made to The Keystone Project at that time. The first was an approximately 26,000 square foot ministry training center on a hill across from Mt. Rushmore in the town of Keystone, SD. This beautiful and massive structure is being developed and used as the training headquarters of the ministry. The second donation was a fully functioning hotel in Keystone, the Rushmore Express, where we had hosted the international and domestic training from January 2005 through August 2009. The hotel provides lodging for those attending training events in Keystone and also helps support the ministry of The Keystone Project. We are deeply grateful to the Lord and the benefactors for these donations. They are instrumental in helping us provide deeper levels of training to leaders from all over the world.

 

Since 2010, The Keystone Project has continued an aggressive and strategic training regime with selected leaders in many nations. The bulk of our training has remained in a global missions context, and we have placed disciple-making teams in several cities. Our domestic and international staff continues to grow as more people embrace the vision and mission of The Keystone Project. We are excited about the future and are looking forward to seeing many more thousands come to Christ. May God receive all honor and glory!

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