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PRAYER & FASTING

This is the starting place and an ongoing practice, because we believe learning to listen in prayer and beginning to understand the discipline of fasting are foundational to building a natural multiplication effect.

Prayer & Fasting are learned over time and allow us to align the things of life with God's ways. Praying, listening, and fasting can lead you to the places God is already working and the continuing work that needs to be done.

The harvest is great but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
— - Luke 10:2 

Our continuing work is the people who don’t understand the gospel. Praying for these people brings us a step closer to serving people with a purpose.

 
 

SERVE WITH PURPOSE

This is not just serving but service which demonstrates the gospel by grace lived out. We look for and identify felt needs in the community. We want people to experience the grace of God as lived out in service for another person.

One of the major challenges in this step is a service that meets a need, whether or not people notice. It’s our hope that service with a purpose will cause others to notice these actions and allow us an opportunity to speak the gospel of grace, which we've been praying to happen.

Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others but to give his life as a ransom for many.
— - Mark 10:43-45

Often, serving opens up spiritual conversations which can bring forward a person of peace, provided by God.

 
 

PERSON OF PEACE

A person of peace is someone prepared by God, who has sincere spiritual interest, and bridges what they learn about God into their relationships. This person has God-given spiritual interest and is connected in the community.

Serving with purpose in the community allows us to find a person of peace. Often our actions catch their attention because they see things about our service that's different, and meets real needs in their community.

Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’  If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you.
— - Luke 10:5-6

When the Lord provides a person of peace, there may be an opportunity to begin a Discovery Group.

 
 

DISCOVERY GROUP

A Discovery Group is a unique disciple-making strategy focused on hearing from God through a Scripture and putting that truth into concrete actions.

 
  • It’s all about a dynamic group study where every member participates and immediately applies the lesson they learned from the Bible.

  • An interactive, group-building process.

  • Hearing from all group members, then developing individual, concrete actions to be a blessing to others.

  • Talking through what you hear and what you have learned, based on the Bible passage for that week. 

  • This is a Bible study about application and implementation, learning how every life is impacted today by time spent hearing from God and listening to one another.

 
As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’  Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
— - John 6:45

The Lord may use your Discovery Group to bring someone into a relationship with Christ. This person, as they grow in Christ, often want to share their faith with others and begin their own Discovery Group.

 
 

EMBRACE MULTIPLICATION

Embracing multiplication is a process, a purposeful way to impact others in a community. This process requires being intentional to go to places where a disciple-making movement isn’t already happening.

Then how does multiplication happen? It happens by receiving coaching, then passing on knowledge and experience. Taking that knowledge and experience and  building teams of believers who are actively ministering to a community. These teams of disciple makers get multiple Discovery Groups going, and can reach an entire neighborhood or people group. God uses these simple steps, over and over, to build a viral disciple-making movement.

The ultimate goal is to see the gospel planted so it grows up into local churches among an unbelieving people group who are now being transformed by God.

Paul has persuaded many people that handmade gods aren’t really gods at all. And he’s done this not only here in Ephesus but throughout the entire province!
— - Acts 19:26 

As local churches begin, the Lord will provide opportunities to continue this growing cycle of disciple-making, creating a viral movement throughout the community, and beyond.