We are committed to assist the Lost in this world, those far from God. We do this by first evangelising them, then discipling them. Our methods try to provoke Disciple Making Movements (DMM) which in turn promote Church Planting Movements (CPM) around the world. This site provides the raw tools to do this such as A. I. M. or Training for Trainers (T4T) tools whilst encouraging Self Discovery Bible Study (SDBS).
I have written this addendum to ORID because of the recent events of the last couple of years. There are changes a foot all over the Western World.
Since writing this article I have seen some friends who are Pastors (or Elders) struggle with conflicts within their congregations. I appreciate their positions. Members of a traditional church congregation can be a fickle group. They can be migratory in nature seeking the best sermons, songs, youth groups, common interests, coffee, etc... Some other issues of more importance too.
Ever wondered why your networks grow so easily within displaced ethnic groups compared to the people in your own country? Ever wondered why these displaced groups are softer ground than they are in their home country? Ever wanted to reach out into the harder and sometimes more dangerous fishing grounds but they seem out of your league? Well they are softer and yes you can reach out back to their home countries.
Second on this series of Crash and Burns is the hidden world between the teacher and their students that can be more than it first appears to be. I have escaped this trap myself mostly but I have seen many of my disciples fall into it because I failed to bring the problem up into the foreground. It is only later when they come to me and ask why they can’t get their groups to multiply down in the generations I realise my failure. This would be, in my opinion, the second biggest cause for a network failing to multiply down the generations!
This is another article showing you my underbelly for the good of the Kingdom, I will attempt to guide you around some deep potholes of my early walk. Once again, we in the West are too invested in our own viewpoints and find it hard to believe that other cultures or people groups can have a completely different view. This article will cover such topics like "African Time", "honesty" verses "face" and the "Client/Patron relationship" Buckle up (and try not to laugh).
Over the years I have heard the proliferation of good reasons why people should use tracts as part of their witnessing tool box. A lot of people that I respect use them as their first preemptive strike. nonetheless I have always hated them. I found them cheap and cheesy. (Not just gospel tracts, any tracts or adverts.) For the most part, deep down, I guess I sort of thought people who threw out tracts were just trying to make themselves feel better, whilst avoiding embarrassing themselves by engaging in the harder conversations. That all changed when I went to London last year!
Walking along the beach I see stones, lots of stones. As I continue to walk I see from a distance one particular stone. It is not necessarily the best looking stone, but it has caught my eye. I pick it up, appreciate the beauty in it, and put it in my pocket close to me.
The beauty of stones becomes greater when you put them together, one enhances the other. Dark, light, big and small, together they make a statement, a beauty to behold, simple but profound beach stones.