Paradigm Braker

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Acts 6:7: “...the Word of God spread, and the disciples multiplied” 

From Feb-Nov 2018 we developed a new curriculum for disciple-making - Sent 6:7. We’re grateful for the results of a few test pilots so far. Sent 6:7 is a process to equip people to initiate, build and multiply faith communities and disciple-making groups.This is vital for the vision of everyone knowing someone who truly follows Jesus. 
The men below just finished a 10-session SENT 6:7 training. At the end of the last session they were asked about the highlights of this training experience, and what their next steps were for applying it. Here’s what they said:

“The ‘My Story in One-Sentence' training has changed my witness. I’ve had two opportunities since then to share my faith. I feel prepared and confident.”  ~  Gary M.
 
“Since starting my group, my guys are inviting two of their colleagues to join us. I’ve so appreciated all the  tools. They’ve helped me train the guys. Particularly the Holy Spirit tool - in the GOD TOOL app – it’s been life changing.”   ~  Troy
 
“I now recognize the community God has given me. The Bless Every Home app has helped me to notice my neighbors. Now, as I pray for them, God is making me aware of them. I know He wants me to reach them.”   ~  Jason
 
“For 40 years, I’ve been taking. Now I’ve learned how to give back. The most helpful thing to me was understanding God has given me an oikos network. I love the transferability of the 3/3s method of disciple-making in Sent 6:7.”   ~  Gary McC
 
“I love this process and structure.”   ~  Tony
 
One church has decided to change their community groups to Sent 6:7  groups, 
making a commitment to add “mission” to its “worship and community” as a church.

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Pray for us as we take this new, tested curriculum to our partners and friends nationally. *

Our goals: more living on mission – disciples who live the Prayer-Care-Share life-style – and to multiply faith communities that love our cities well.

PERSPECTIVE FOR PRAYER: Two Sent 6:7 groups (begun in January 2019) will multiply to 20 by the fall in KC alone. In NYC in 2018, one training led to two trainings (hosted in MPLS & Chicago). Now there are 19 new faith communities among Ethiopians in San Jose, Denver, Houston, Columbus & Atlanta.

"I was challenge the way I think about evangelism"

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Dear Praying Friends,

We were greatly encouraged by some of the feedbacks we’ve received after“The Changing Face of Evangelism & the Well-being of the City”trainings that we had in L.A. and in KC. Here are 4 from the dozens of written comments:

“I loved the way Gabor spoke of building your testimony using fours words in one sentence. I also loved the focus on listening and understanding people since they share the same imago Dei.”

“The evaluation at the end of this course… revealed thatwe are effectively NOT growing through seeing people won to Christ.This is a paradigm shift we need to help American church leaders make.”

“I was challenged to change the way I think about evangelism. I want to re-prioritize my lifeto be more focused on relationships with people that I come in contact with everyday to make the most of every moment!”

“The tools that you shared were helpful in taking evangelism out of the theoretical and giving very practical ways to go about it.”

Recently at a church-planting conference we’ve learned the brutal reality that only 1% of the churches in the U.S. are growing through conversion while 80% of the churches are either stagnating or declining. The rest are growing through gaining new members from other churches. We host these evangelism trainings with the hope to contribute to change the paradigm so believers would feel envisioned and equipped to start spiritual conversations where they work, live and play. Your partnership makes it possible for us to continue equipping believers in various parts of the U.S.

In Lenexa, KS at Westside Family Church we've trained 55 believers to start spiritual conversations where they work, live and play. This coming Sunday Westside Church will host another training offering this opportunity for the whole church community.

In Lenexa, KS at Westside Family Church we've trained 55 believers to start spiritual conversations where they work, live and play. This coming Sunday Westside Church will host another training offering this opportunity for the whole church community.

In L.A. training pastors and church-planters. As part of the training we help them to evaluate their ministry in the area of evangelism and create a comprehensive evangelistic plan for their community.

In L.A. training pastors and church-planters. As part of the training we help them to evaluate their ministry in the area of evangelism and create a comprehensive evangelistic plan for their community.

We Need Your Prayers:

  1. Pray that many people would feel equipped and envisioned to start spiritual conversations as a result of the evangelism trainings we are hosting this spring.

  2. We are helping to lead 3 different multiplying faith communities as we are working on developing a curriculum for advancing group multiplication (called Sent 6:7). Between May 13-20 we will have the opportunity to present this curriculum and process to church and ministry leaders in Western Europe.

  3. We are recruiting students to join us for the “In the City for the City” summer project in KC. Pray that many students would join us between June 1-25 to learn and experience how to do ministry in the city.

  4. We are blessed that our two older kids are missing us and they often express that to us. However, living continents apart remains a growing emotional challenge. As you walk your call, the voices of losses and loneliness amplified. Remember to pray for our scattered family.