Most church planting strategies are designed for the program-based institutional church system and are dependent on that system for their success. Program-based churches emphasize and use structures, programs, events, and meetings to minister to and attract people. Program-based church planting and growth strategies tend to focus on how we meet and how we attract people to meetings. The Keystone Project emerged on the mission field outside of the institutional church system and is not dependent on any particular system, programs, or structures for its success.
The Keystone discipleship training is not concerned with how we meet; it is concerned with how we live! While the training does not deny the importance of church gatherings, it intentionally focuses on the development of a Great Commission lifestyle through the cultivation of loving relationships, the skillful use of spiritual gifts, and the daily application of God’s Word through Spirit-led obedience.
The Distinctives of the Keystone Vision
- It focuses on launching disciple-making movements and the emergence of healthy, multiplying churches from the lives of committed disciples.
- It is universal in application and can be contextualized in any cultural setting.
- It emphasizes reproduction and multiplication at every level.
- It is not dependent on resources, materials, or money for its success.
- It does not require extensive theological or ministerial training for it leaders.
- It lets local church structures emerge locally and organically from the process of disciple-making.
- It places discipleship in a missional rather than academic context.
- It emphasizes a reliance on prayer and the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
- It seeks the transformation of local communities as disciples serve the poor and displaced.
- It unflinchingly embraces the call of the cross to suffer for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
- It prioritizes disciple-making among the most resistant and unreached people groups.