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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.

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Study after study has confirmed that groups that try to start with a goal of community, and hope somehow to move toward a mission, almost never get there. A mission must be the organizing principle of the group. When we start with a mission, we always get the community, because we band together for a common goal, because we’ll need to care for one another in the midst of the battle of the mission.

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Effective discipleship builds the church, not the other way around. We need to understand the church as the effect of discipleship and not the cause. If you set out to build the church, there is no guarantee you will make disciples. It is far more likely that you will create…

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Disciples are not merely learners but fruit-bearing disciple-makers; they multiply themselves.

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Fundamentally, effective leadership is based upon an invitation to relationship and a challenge to change. A gifted discipler is someone who invites people into a covenental relationship with him or her, but challenges that person to live into his or her true identity in very direct yet graceful ways.

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