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Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities
Isaiah 54: 2-3 (ESV)
Our vision is to see church everywhere. Every tribe, every people, every nation. It is a big vision and it continually stretches our thinking. Because the task is so big, our approach needs to be very different. It is clear that on our own we cannot accomplish it. It needs the Spirit of God. It needs people who are committed not just to planting churches, but are committed to releasing others to do the same. This is the heart of Disciple Making Movements. The task of every beleiver is not just to do the things that they are gifted to do, but to find others and release them into the same gifting. Preachers equip preachers, evangelists train evangelists, intercessors release intercessors, disciples make disciples. A great place to start things off is to gather a few friends and begin a Discovery Bible Study together.
Our heart is also to reach the unreached. The majority of resources which are available to the church are invested in countries where there is already a strong Christian presence. To reach all nations, we need to see a major shift. A bias towards mission on the fringes. The equipping of frontier people groups who are strategically placed to witness to neighbouring peoples who have little or no gospel presence. If this is something that you are interested in seeing, then we'd love to hear from you. So how can you help?
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
Psalm 2: 8 (ESV)
Firstly you can pray:
We invest extensively in one person to reach and train many. We want to add at least two new leaders to our mentoring process each year and equip the new leaders to do the same every year. As leaders multiply, churches grow and multiply.
Contagious Disciple Making. David Watson (2014)
If the vision is to be achieved, it needs to be shared. The more people who are praying the better. The more people who share the vision, the more likely we are to find those who are already engaged in the task and needing support. The more leaders who are engaged and trainers who are trained, the greater our capacity to plant new churches and seed new movements
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. .
Matthew 28: 18-20 (ESV)
The Great Commission is a call to disciple all nations, and it is a call for all disciples. We all need to be prepared to go. For many of us, the nations are on our doorsteps. For others, the internet provides a way of travelling further and faster than ever before. For some the call may be to physically relocate.
If any of this excites you, and you are committed to a lifestyle of radical obedient discipleship, we'd love to hear from you.
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