Jeff is a brother who serves as campus missionary at Eastern Kentucky University BCM. He and I serve on adjacent teams within the national committee called Baptist Collegiate Network, or BCNet.
Jeff reached out to me to ask some questions about 3 Circles because he had seen some of my updates here and on Twitter related to that tool and our process for disciple making. We talked for a while on that first video call and we set up a second video call to run through our 411 Training.
That following week, he trained his BCM leadership team and then they trained most of the rest of the ministry. He shared with me how he had led some other trainings as well – and was even asked by a state leader to train other BCM campus missionaries in 411.
We recently had a call to discuss how to train large groups. The pictures above are from that training.
Think about the implications of this. I trained Jeff and his intern in about an hour over a video call. Now he has trained hundreds of other believers to make disciples. This is a game changer.
If you’d like to be trained in 411, contact me.
There are lots of ways to go about disciple making training. 411 has been the simplest and most reproducing tool I’ve come across to help someone get started. If you would like to be trained, contact me!
Pictured above are 3 of our Appalachian State students surrounded by the #NoPlaceLeft team based in South Florida. One of our students has family in that area and the 3 of them were visiting them over Spring Break. During their in South Florida, they visited the SFL NPL team church. This team has blessed me in many ways, and this took it to another level. They welcomed our students in to their church, gave them responsibilities during the meeting, and laid hands on them and prayed over them.
One of the challenges and opportunities in doing #NoPlaceLeft movements work on a college campus is that we have a limited time with every student who comes our way. We have to have a vision for them that exists before they arrive and doesn’t end when we launch them off from graduation. One critical component in this vision is how we launch them when they leave. There are many #NoPlaceLeft teams across the U.S. and we want to mobilize kingdom laborers to embed in local strategies in cities all across the country.
We represent separate #NoPlaceLeft teams, but we are running after the same vision in different places. We are family and I’m so grateful for this family.
Steve Addison interviewed me for the Movements Podcast. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share some of my story of shifting from doing ministry to pioneering movements.
Podcast links for Pt 1 & Pt 2.
Via – Movements
Over the last 3-6 months, I’ve noticed that something new is emerging here in Boone. We have a campus team that has been going full steam ahead. We have a community team that has emerged from our training efforts. We are seeing the beginnings of a Spanish team forming here as well. There is now a church-based No Place Left church planting Residency in full swing as well.
Our campus team (functionally, “BCM” or “Church in the Harvest”) has become one team on a team of teams. Praise God! In hopes of mobilizing more laborers, developing more leaders, and multiplying disciple making and church planting teams, we have created a simple website to help unify these people and this work.
I did my best to capture these stories without getting in the way. Each story is beautiful and encouraging. I’m so thankful for the leaders and practitioners the Lord is raising up here in Boone.
We are truly seeing a #NoPlaceLeft Boone city coalition emerge.
This is our fearless No Place Left Boone training team – they will be facilitating the training all day here in Boone. I’m so grateful for all these brothers and sisters who are laborers on the team. Would you pray with us that God would multiply them?
Partnership is a beautiful thing. In a coalition like No Place Left where there is no leadership structure, no headquarters, and no money, vision, relationship, and partnership is all we have. And it is really powerful.
L to R: Steve, Haley, Baliey, Spencer, Paige, Caleb, Noah
The 5 on the left are a part of the NPL Boone team and the 2 on the right are a part of the NPL Charlotte team based out of FBC Charlotte. Caleb is also one of my grads. He and Spencer have become brothers to me. They are answers to prayers.
One of the best parts of training is the prep leading into it. This time as a training team is what builds trainers. The prep is the training. The training identifies new laborers and teams / team members.
It would be easy to downplay or skip over the prep time, but it is critical to a good training event.
It is amazing and so encouraging to watch new trainers take their first stab at it in prep and watching them soar during the next day’s training like Haley, Steve, and Paige all did!
When you prep well as a team, the training goes well. These guys and gals nailed it!
On Monday night Spencer and Bailey and I traveled down to Pineola, NC (a crossroads in neighboring Avery County) to facilitate a 411 Training for some leaders of churches in the Avery Baptist Association.
We started by casting vision for #NoPlaceLeft in Watauga County and Northwestern NC and then trained these folks in 411.
At the end of the training, I challenged each person to try to train at least 2-3 people from their churches each week. The very next day one of the leaders we trained had already trained two other people!
More often than not this is what it looks like when new No Place Left teams begin to emerge. I’m praying that we will see a #NoPlaceLeft Avery team emerge who will take personal ownership of getting the gospel to the 17,000 residents of their community by making disciples who make disciples and training believers to make disciples who make disciples until there’s No Place Left.
This is what Church in the Harvest can look like sometimes. Students provided the implements for Lord’s Supper, including the hat for an offering plate. I love seeing this level of ownership.
“See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” –Acts 8:36
We have baptized new believers in the river (sometimes in February!), in a hotel pool, in a church baptistery, in the university Rec Center pool, and now in a bathtub. That they identify publicly with Jesus is more important than where they are baptized.
Simple is more reproducible. This is my church family. I love living on mission with them!