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  • Stan 5:52 am on April 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Prospecting for Gold and Persons of Peace 

    Thanks to Ted Esler for this great analogy.

    Prospecting for Gold and Persons of Peace

    I recently was in a place where there are a number of movements happening. A group of organizations are working in some of the same people groups and the results reminded me that CPM does not produce a guaranteed outcome and that, sometimes, the results don’t line up with hard work, experience or effort.

    Let me explain with an analogy.

    Finding gold is a tricky business. You have to know where to go but even then you aren’t guaranteed success. CPM is a lot like digging for gold.

    You many have a claim and a mine. You have been working for it years but have seen little gold. You study and learn all of the right tricks and methods. You do your best to be "smart" about things. You know there is gold in "them thar hills" but you don’t know exactly where it is.

    Then somebody shows up next to your claim and starts a whole new effort. They are newcomers, but you each have your own place to work and you aren’t really in competition. In the late hours of the night, after a hard days’ work in the mines, you teach this newcomer all you know. They start working their mine putting your training to work. Soon after, they hit a mother lode – a vein of gold that crosses over their claim but not through yours. You watch, glad that you helped, but a little envious that you didn’t "hit the vein" yourself.

    Anybody can find that person of peace. Once they are identified the movement can start to grow through them. Training as many workers in CPM as possible helps to open up more "claims." Longevity on the mission field, a highly esteemed attributes in our circles, may not be the key to finding these POPs. Rather, God directs the process. We need to work smart and do our best but in the full knowledge that He is the Lord of the harvest and we are his workers.

    This highlights even more the need to train others to open up as many "claims" as possible. It also humbles us. We may never be harvesters and we had better be good with that.

    • Ted Esler

    March 2014

     
  • Stan 8:52 am on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Bible Study on “Women are Disciples” 

    Sometimes people ask about the role of women in CPMs. This is a Bible Study sent to me by a friend that you can do with men and women to start with a biblical foundation to answer that question.

    Women are Disciples.doc

     
  • Stan 7:58 am on March 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    New Mission Frontiers edition 

    The current Mission Frontiers online edition has some very interesting articles about CPM efforts in the USA.

    https://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/archive/4×4-movements

    From the Introduction: Field workers like Jeff Sundell and Curtis Sergeant, who have pioneered movements among unreached peoples around the world, are now applying their expertise in the U.S. in pursuit of similar movements among unreached peoples here. Some of these leaders have coined the term “4×4 Movement Starts” to describe a minimum goal for movement starts where 4 lineages of disciple-makers are developing 4 or more generations of disciples. These 4×4 movements are now emerging in 27 areas across the U.S.

     
  • justin 2:37 pm on February 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Fellowship of Prayer Strategists report 

    The Ethne prayer workgroup hosted the Fellowship of Prayer Strategists held Jan 31-Feb 2, 2014 in Plano, TX, at the Act Beyond offices and was attended by 45 leaders, including 2 from Africa, 5 from Latin America, 6 from Indonesia as well as from Europe and North America. Believing prayer is the indispensable key to the unfinished task, we sensed the Lord calling people of prayer to model and assist others in cultivating conversational relationship with God and igniting movements to Christ based on extraordinary prayer particularly among unreached people groups.

    Goals were to: a) facilitate prayer in order to maximize its fruitfulness especially on behalf of strategy teams laboring in the most difficult fields, b) coach/mentor home and field personnel in building greater intimacy with God, stronger prayer teams and integrating prayer in all they do, c) building stronger connections between agencies, denominations and the global prayer movements, and d) allow iron to sharpen iron—through accountability and agreement in prayer. Eleven key leaders shared case studies of different spheres of prayer and their role in igniting movements to Christ. Following the case studies, small groups discussed the issues and the plenary group summarized the sense we were getting from the Lord in each of these areas.

    Key outcomes included recognition of the need to more formally define “prayer strategist” and their role and to do more writing and theological discussion about this for the wider Body of Christ. Many participants strongly identified with the concept and the various aspects of this type of approach. These included the role of intimacy with God, partnering and networking in prayer and the synergy that results, facilitating such an approach in organizations, denominations, and teams, onsite prayer and prayer rooms, including prayer as ministry and part of member health, prayer journeys and prayerwalking with a view to breakthroughs, repentance and reconciliation as part of igniting movements, 24/7 prayer and houses of prayer and their role, and prayer as strategy.

    As the Ethne movement has been considering how the various working groups could intentionally work together toward finishing the task and accelerating movements to Christ among those with the least access to the gospel, the Ephesus vision emerged as one way that these groups could join hands together focused on identified gaps. This Fellowship of Prayer Strategists is the direction the prayer working group is going to encourage a synthesis of effort where it is needed most. We expect further such gatherings to be held in various regions around the world over the next several years to develop the vision further. More detailed noted are available upon request from asianrd@sr21.com.

     
  • Stan 2:18 am on February 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    A Wind in the House of Islam 

    Something is happening in the Muslim world, something unprecedented in history!

    "In this new global study, Dr. David Garrison reveals that the first Muslim movement to Christ did not occur until the 19th century, more than 1000 years after Muhammad’s message first echoed from the minarets of Medina. This first movement was followed by a further 10 Muslim movements to Christ in the late 20th century. But something now is happening. In the first 12 years of the 21st century, we have already seen more than 60 new Muslim movements to Christ!"

    You can order this book from http://windinthehouse.org/

     
  • Stan 1:01 am on February 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Heresy in CPMs? 

    One of the greatest fears about Church-Planting Movements (CPMs) is that heresy and immorality will emerge in the movement.

    Steve Smith addresses this fear in his article in Mission Frontiers — “The Riverbanks of a Movement” at this link: https://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/kingdom-kernels5

     
  • justin 3:46 pm on February 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    New Report: CPM No. 94. South Asia. Over 5,000 believers, and growing rapidly. Many 1st generation, substantial 2nd generation, a thin layer of 3rd generation. Update: Note that this is a near CPM. A key part of the definition of a movement is that it is consistently getting to 4th generation. This is one to be watched.

     
  • justin 2:09 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Fellowship of Prayer Strategists Meeting 

    Believing prayer is the indispensable key to the unfinished task, we sense the Lord is calling people of prayer to model and assist others in cultivating conversational relationships with God and igniting movements to Christ based on extraordinary prayer particularly in people groups with little gospel access.

    Ethne’s prayer workgroup is hosting the first Fellowship of Prayer Strategists January 31 to February 2, in the offices of Act Beyond in Plano, Texas.

    Fifty leaders from networks, organizations and teams converge from North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia to listen to God together and consider how we need to move forward.

    How can we:

    • Facilitate prayer in order to maximize its fruitfulness especially on behalf of strategy teams laboring in the most difficult fields?
    • Coach/mentor home and field personnel in building greater intimacy with God, stronger prayer teams and integrating prayer in all they do?
    • Build stronger connections between agencies, denominations and the global prayer movements by being the link to those movements?
    • Experience iron sharpening iron—accountability & agreement in
      prayer? Living in such turbulent, challenging times, how can we join hands to apply the indispensable key of prayer to finishing the task Jesus set before us?

    Pray with us for God’s Presence to guide and empower us for this new season in which we live and work so that peoples join hands to glorify God among all peoples in this generation!

     
  • justin 9:00 am on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Diaspora pockets of unreached peoples 

    While obviously in most cases the bulk of an unreached people group resides in their homeland, there are frequently pockets of expatriates in foreign lands. Some of these are Christians who have left their homeland due to persecution or the desire for better economic opportunity. Some have been evangelized in the place where they now reside. But some portions – the exact portion is different depending on their language and cultural adaptation and other factors – remain unreached. They live in language-specific pockets within the new country.

    A couple of examples have recently been shown:

    Reaching these groups can have several short-term and long-term benefits. First, there’s the immediate impact on souls. Second, there is a training and experience benefit for any worker: they can start interacting with people from a culture they want to reach, and begin practicing language learning and cultural acquisition. Third, those won may very well have relational links to their homelands over which the Good News can flow.

     
  • justin 3:04 pm on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Christmas and New Year arrests of Christians in Iran 

    From: Middle East Concern

    On 23rd December we requested prayer for the protection of Christians in Iran over the period of Christmas and the (Western) New Year.

    We regret to report that a number of arrests occurred on 24th and 31st December during raids on house fellowships. In addition, there were further pressures on recognised churches during December, with greater restrictions imposed to limit access so that only those from traditional Christian communities can attend, and to prevent use of Farsi, the national language, in Church activities.

    On 24th December security agents raided a house-church gathering in East Tehran. The house-owner, Mr Hosseini, was arrested together with four other believers – Ahmad, Faegheh, Mastaneh and Amir-Hossein. The security agents confiscated books, CDs and computer and satellite TV receiving equipment. They also searched the home of neighbours who had observed the raid. The father of this neighbouring family was beaten and warned against publicising what they had witnessed. The whereabouts and situation of the five detainees is unknown.

    On 31st December four more believers, Sara, Majid, Mostafa, and George, were arrested whilst meeting in George’s home in Karaj. They were reportedly beaten and a number of items were confiscated including a computer, satellite TV receiving equipment, family photograph albums, CDs and books

    Earlier in December we reported that two believers, Farhad and Naser, serving one-year prison sentences had been released but two others arrested at the same time remained in prison. We are pleased to report that a third, Davoud, was released on 13th January. Shahnaz remains imprisoned. Recall that these four were detained following a raid on the officially recognised Assemblies of God church in Ahvaz during a service on 23rd December 2011. They were released on bail at different times. One year prison sentences were imposed in October 2012 and confirmed by a High Court in 2013. On 1st May 2013 they were summoned to begin serving their sentences. The time spent in detention between their arrest and release on bail is counted as part of the sentence.

    Across Iran, at least 40 others are known to be in prison because of their Christian faith or activities. Some have been convicted and sentenced, though many have not yet been formally charged. Others have been released on bail and are awaiting hearings.

    Iranian Christians request our prayers that:
    a. Those detained will know the presence, peace and provision of Jesus, and be released soon
    b. They will remain strong in the faith and clear in their witness, have access to Scriptures and be able to communicate with their families
    c. Family members will know the comfort, peace and presence of Jesus
    d. Davoud will know the presence of Jesus as he resumes normal living
    e. Church leaders will know the Spirit’s wisdom concerning all aspects of public worship
    f. All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.

    Open sources used: Mohabat News
    Website: http://www.meconcern.org
    URL of this prayer request: http://www.meconcern.org/index.php/en/prayer-requests/692-iran-arrests-over-the-christmas-and-new-year

     
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