In all of my training and vision casting for #NoPlaceLeft in Boone, I never really expected a city team to emerge. And yet here they are. The Lord is always doing more than we can see or expect. I’m so grateful for this team and the others who are a part of it too.
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!
There are 6,300 homes unengaged with the gospel in the 3 mile radius around Boone’s town center. Over the course of a few weeks somewhere around 15% of the entire membership of Perkinsville Baptist Church has been mobilized into the harvest at least once to offer prayer and share the gospel. There are other churches in the area that seem poised and ready to join the adventure. What if every church in this community took ownership of training every member to make disciples and getting the gospel to every resident in the community personally?
It is beautiful to see local legacy churches training and mobilizing their people to engage lostness in their own backyard. Any church can do this. Every church should do this. Perkinsville Baptist Church is just getting started, and I’m certain that it will only be one of a number of churches who will take ownership of the core missionary task in this community!
A lack of practical equipping can keep people from being mobilized. We can help with that! In fact, there are lots of trainings going on that can help, and one happening on February 17 here in Boone! They are free, fun, and really helpful!
Gospel Conversations Training – Boone, NC
Feb 17 | 9-5pm
Perkinsville Baptist Church
Register for free here.
My friend Francisco asked me to help lead a 411 Training with him for the Spanish-speaking community of believers in Boone. He is a part of Perkinsville Baptist Church and has been pursuing a call to reach the Spanish speakers in our community as a bivocational missionary.
We had 22 adults attend the training and quite a few had children with them. Some of these folks have been out in the harvest with some of our leaders not long ago.
The best part of the training was that while I led it in English, Francisco translated every bit of it as I went along. He did a stellar job and got a chance to practice the whole 411 Training by having to translate it bit by bit.
I mostly just disappeared, or at least tried to, so that Francisco could lead and facilitate. There were at least 3 separate segments of people in this training from different churches or ministries. It was so encouraging to see them uniting around a disciple making training! I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve these fine people and excited to see the Lord providing Spanish-language leadership for them!
The 411 is simply 4 Questions, on 1 sheet of a paper, in 1 hour. The 4 questions are:
- Why? (Por que?)
- Who? (A quien?)
- What? (Que?)
- When? (Cuando?)