Training in Action

I felt like a proud dad today as I received updates on the training taking place in Boone. I’m thankful for the leaders the Lord is raising up.

Boone Gospel Conversations Training

While we are off the mountain for the weekend, the #NoPlaceLeft Boone team is prepping tonight to facilitate a Gospel Conversations Training tomorrow. I’m so encouraged by what the Lord is doing in Boone through these people. They are the reason we feel so confident in our exit to make the move to Southern California.

These are local leaders taking ownership of the core missionary task for the field God has called them to. We are praying that the Lord would raise up teams like this all over SoCal and the Western US. This is a work worth giving our lives to.

No Place Left U.S.A. Retreat

At the beginning of May, Kelly (and Silas) and I gathered with #NoPlaceLeft city leaders from all over the U.S. in a little North Carolina mountain holler called Buladean. It’s the kind community where you have to exit NC into TN and then enter back into NC just to get to it. Beautiful. Peaceful. Difficult to access. A good friend and ministry partner of mine was born and raised here!

We spent 4 and a half days praying and studying the Word together, learning, and sharpening one another. The work we do is so geographically distributed from one another that we are more used to seeing one another on a Zoom video conference than in person. I met at least 6 of the city leaders for the first time (and not just in person) on this trip. It was a deeply encouraging time to be with brothers and sisters doing the same work in so many other cities. It was especially encouraging getting to spend some time with our teammates (Troy Cooper & Rick Preato).

The specific cities represented were (in no particular order):

  • Austin, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Dallas / Fort Worth, TX
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Charlotte, NC
  • West Point, NY
  • Jensen Beach, FL
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Boone, NC

#NoPlaceLeft Boone Progress

#NoPlaceLeft is “Local ownership of the core missionary task for all peoples and places.”
That’s what we are working toward globally, including Boone, NC. Today I saw a couple of clear mile markers toward this end.

It was surreal and deeply encouraging to hear Seth Norris, pastor of Perkinsville Baptist Church, preach the 9 Functions of Church from Acts during our big outdoor celebration service. Simple, biblical, reproducible tools are taking root in our legacy churches. Seth has led PBC to launch a #NoPlaceLeft Residency as well. I can’t overstate how beautiful this partnership relationship has been with Perkinsville.

Tonight, part of our #NoPlaceLeft Boone team cast vision for an upcoming training on June 16. These are all locals from Boone and the training will be facilitated entirely by locals. It is so encouraging to see the Lord raising up local leaders to finish the task here. It makes launching to Southern California that much easier.

NPL Boone City Team

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.

NoPlaceLeftBoone.com

Reproducing Training

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.

NPL Boone Training Team

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?

Charlotte / Boone Training Team

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!