Archives For Multiplication Movements

In Early April, while one of our leaders from India was here in Keystone, SD for our Spring month-long training, his daughter was in a bike accident. The ankle and heel of his daughter’s right foot was severely injured in the biking accident. When he went back to India at the end of April, after the month-long training, he and his wife took their daughter to the hospital to have her injury checked out, as it did not appear to be getting better.

A situation like this is scary, stressful, and exhausting. When we are in these situations, how often do we believe that God is using them for His glory? How often do we give praises to God in the depths of our most difficult situations?

Our Indian leader and his wife had faith that the Lord was using this situation to glorify Himself, and in the midst of their faith, God came and did incredible things!

He and a disciple he is working with, are in the middle of an incredible opportunity that the Lord has given them. They are evangelizing to the nursing students in the hospital where his daughter was admitted. They found a few believers there and they have began to disciple them. They held two Gospel meetings for all the students and they have now formed a redemptive community in the hospital. The redemptive community, which meets regularly on Thursdays, includes the doctor at the hospital, the principal of the nursing school, the new believers they found, and the disciple our leader was initially working with. After each redemptive community meeting, they continue to meet with other nursing and medical students to share the Gospel with them.

How amazing is it that in the center of a situation that seems scary and hopeless, God can do mighty things to further His kingdom?

This story is one of the many that prove that God can display His splendor and desire for the Great Commission in any situation, regardless of place, time, and circumstances!

To God be the glory!

Below is a report that was sent to us from some of our disciples in Nepal. They are traveling to unreached areas in the mountains of Nepal to make and baptize disciples!

The area of Manang in Nepal is severely unreached. 19 out of the 20 people groups in Manang are unreached. The largest religion present in Manang is Buddhism, with 53.5% Out of the total population of 6,500 individuals professing to be Buddhist. Within this population, only 1.5% is professing Christian.

 

 

Greetings from Nepal.

It is great privilege to inform you about the Manang visit. Thank you very much, for you have kindly prayed for the mission work of God the father.

We have had some disturbance in the work of God, but because of your prayers, we came out from the problems. One of village leaders was trying to stop us sharing Gospel. He was challenging me, he was trying to stop our ministry to that village and did not want us to come to that place again.  However, God is so gracious with us, and therefore we had fellowship in Manang.

Praise the Lord! Our friend Pasang Lama took the water baptism.

Once again thank you deeply for your prayers for the Manang visit.

Please pray for these points:

The Magar brothers are waiting for water baptism in Manang, pray that they will really grow spiritually.

Pray that God will prepare hearts to receive water baptism in Chitawan and Dolakha too.

We are praying for a combined meeting in Kathmandu where we can encourage everyone for further ministry in the local area. We called for the gathering in Kathmandu to those who are leading the local church.

Please pray for the managing of the meeting and travel expenses. The Gathering in Kathmandu will be three days and we will provide for their travel, food, and lodging.

Best wishes to you all.

In His service,
Mukhiya Rai and
GoldenGate Church family
Kathmandu, Nepal

The Keystone Project is pleased to announce a new internship with a focus on movement leadership and cross-cultural urban missions. This 3-month internship is designed for individuals and teams who are passionate about cross-cultural mission work and who want an intensive learning experience that will prepare them to launch exponentially multiplying disciple-making movements wherever God calls them.

Dates
We have an ongoing internship program year-round for qualified individuals. For more info contact LJ Evers.

Internship Detail and FAQ:
Houston Internship Info Sheet

To download an application in Word format click link below:
Houston Internship Application

For questions about the internship or to submit your application by e-mail:
LJ@keystoneproject.org

L.J. Evers, the team leader of the Keystone Project Houston team has developed a visual to help teach his team the steps of multiplying a disciple-making movement. This flowchart is an adaption of the 4 Fields approach to church planting movements found within the T4T training program. This Keystone Project chart specifically emphasizes working to the fourth generation and it adds the basic content of the teaching that the Houston team uses in each step of the process. A full resolution PDF of this chart can be downloaded here.

Please let us know if you use this resource and find it helpful.

—From The Keystone Project Training Manual by Richard Greene

In almost every instance I have researched, there have been four common denominators which contribute to a general trend to fall short of the fourth generation:

  1. You chose the wrong first generation disciple, or your first generation chose the wrong second. If that is the case, you need to start over. Don’t fuss with it, just begin again.
  2. Your disciples are not helping their disciples make the next generation. If that is the case, then you probably didn’t help your first generation make your second and/or you did not follow up closely enough to make sure each generation did help their disciples find and make a disciple. This is easily corrected by taking your first generation disciple and helping him or her identify and multiply their first generation disciple. Then, stay with them as the next generation does the same.
  3. You are not making disciples on the mission (but in the classroom or the coffee shop or the cell group). The obvious answer is to move into mission mode. Don’t meet at Starbucks or in the home. And, don’t do lessons or counseling every time you meet with your disciple. Go out and engage the lost with the mindset of finding a potential disciple.
  4. You and/or your disciples are not calling people to a significant, transcending vision of launching a movement, but are calling them to being a disciple or a Christian. If so, that will gut the process of its passion (which is a willingness to sacrifice for something greater than themselves). Check the passion level of your disciples. If it is low, then it is a vision problem. Remember, your main apostolic contribution to the movement is the vision.

Failure to launch (to get beyond the fourth) is a matter of what you have placed in the DNA of your movement. My personal unscientific research has shown that if even one of the above things was not set in the genetic code by the launcher, the movement never becomes a movement. This happens more where the launcher has a gift-mix of apostle/teacher or apostle/prophet.

An apostle/teacher is more focused on the teaching component of his or her movement rather than the transformational and multiplicative components of the movement. They’re wired to teach it but not reproduce it. Don’t stop teaching (because you can’t anyway, if you’re really gifted as a teacher), but change how you are teaching. Change the location, the manner, the content, the timing to match the mission. Do “missional teaching” (teaching that is from and in the context of the mission) rather than the academic style.

Similarly, the apostle/prophet tends to be focused on avoiding traditional forms and practices, and, even though they may be “on the field” they are not really “on the mission”. They are “out there” but being out there isn’t enough if they aren’t missionally engaged out there! It isn’t enough to be on the field (that is, in proximity to the lost); you must be intentionally missionally engaged with the lost. It’s kind of like working in a soup kitchen: you’re there and you’re ladling soup, but you’re not selecting one or two lost people to transform and disciple. In that instance, you are on the field but not on the mission.

The apostle/prophet will be excited about being in the soup kitchen (or the street, or the ghetto, or the park) because he is not in the church. There is a prophetic satisfaction to being on the field, to being different… But are we missionally engaged? Evidence of missional engagement:

  • You are constantly looking, praying, and selecting individuals together with your disciple(s);
  • You are making eye and soul/spirit contact with the lost (they are not objects to feed but people to save);
  • You are working with your disciple(s) to bring the candidate to a place of commitment;
  • You see elements of transformation – a softening of animosity towards the messenger, an openness to the message, revelatory activity (they are “understanding” the Word you share with them), a developing sense of community with you, real change in speech and behavior, and a growing contagious sense of excitement and passion about the future.

CAUTION: If you do not have an apostle/teacher or apostle/prophet gift mix and are falling short of the fourth generation, then you must still check the DNA. How did you start with your first disciples? What were the very first things you said and did with them? If you aren’t reaching the fourth, it is almost always because you implanted the wrong “first things”. You can easily fix that by going back to your first disciple and starting over. Remember, the focus is on Spirit-led transformation and multiplication.

See also 4 Keys to Multiplying Disciples to the Fourth Generation.