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GOD’S MISSION : Fill The Earth With His Glory. “For the earth will be filled  with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD  as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 ES V. God’s Glory Is Embodied In Jesus Christ.

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god s mission fill the earth with his glory
GOD’S MISSION: Fill The Earth With His Glory

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 ESV

god s glory is embodied in jesus christ
God’s Glory Is Embodied In Jesus Christ

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.” Heb. 1:3

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We fill our fields with Jesus by planting local bodies of Christ in every place and for every people group.
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And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Eph. 4:10

plant jesus
Plant Jesus

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. I Cor. 3:10-11

how do we bring glory to god on earth
How Do We Bring Glory To God On Earth?

“I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” John 17:4

how do we bring glory to god on earth1
How Do We Bring Glory To God On Earth?

“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:8

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As a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Eph. 1:10

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Eph. 1:21-22

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In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. Eph. 2:21-22

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and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Eph. 3:9-10

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That is why the Scriptures say, "When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Notice that it says "he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.

Eph. 4: 8-9 NLT

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And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers Eph. 4: 10-11

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to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ... from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Eph. 4:12...16

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Vision: Give every person the very best chance to become a genuine follower of Christ and receive eternal life.
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100X Strategy: Leverage our experience by starting a unique 3D Equipping church that discovers, develops and deploys the leaders to plant churches and equips other churches to do the same.

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A 3D Church: Discovers, develops, and deploy work crews to proclaim the gospel to unreached people and start new churches.
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Major goals of the churches we start:

  • Honor & worship the real Jesus of history and the Bible
  • Reach unreached men
  • Equip members live by the Bible
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Major goals of the churches we start:

  • Equip members build the church
  • Maximize opportunities for value shaping
  • Reproduce regularly in order to fill the GTA and beyond with Jesus.
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God’s Earth Filling Strategy

Later Years

Early years

Reproductive years

Faithful

Frequent

Fast

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Strategy (Features)

Discovers, Develops and Deploys work crews that...

Creates large group evangelistic discovery events that...

Produces short term “plug and play” (tent) groups that...

Establishes long-term 3D groups that...

Discover, Develop, and Deploy uniquely gifted kingdom workers

many have it backwards
Many Have It Backwards

They say small groups are for evangelism and large groups are for discipleship.

  • What did Jesus do? Paul?
  • What do we know about human nature?
  • Which setting can you best disciple someone?
  • How do people in most cultures process major decisions in life?
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Advantages Of This Strategy

  • Maximizes evangelism, esp. 1st yr
  • New Christian leader types are released early
  • Not need to slow evangelism
  • Apostle can focus on top and bottom of the funnel
  • Deep value shaping occurs
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Men like it

It is working in difficult places

Uses apprenticeship

Uses church planting a tool for evangelism, discipleship

Exponential potential

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Intended Tactics

  • Mass market to the ripe
  • Greenhouse atmosphere
  • Reproducible methods
  • On the job apprenticeship
  • Top and Bottom of funnel leadership focus
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Intended Tactics

  • Structure the churches around Ephesians 4:11
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Intended Tactics

  • Each church purpose to discover, develop, and deploy planters
  • Each church purposes to send out crews of 3-15 workers every year to plant
  • Innovate to make disciples of unreached men
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Key contemporary issue:

The feminization of the church

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Theology for Men

Proper view of Jesus

Accurate view of heaven

Build the Body of Christ

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“What then, brothers? What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up... Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.” I Cor. 14:26a, 29

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Innovations to Make Disciples of Unreached Men

Start with men

Major on Biblical truth

Keep their attention

Use man talk

Less music and songs men

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Thoughts On Lots of Singing

Most unreached men do not like a lot of it

Most Christian men do not look like they are into it

When the group is not singing with enthusiasm it communities the wrong message

Men want to get to message, and they don’t want a long service

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Innovations to Make Disciples of Unreached Men

  • Challenge with a clear significant cause
  • Shoulder to shoulder friendship
  • Celebrate progress
  • Compete in giving honor
  • Keep them moving
  • Give them a clear path to leadership Tim. 3:1f
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Innovations to Make Disciples of Unreached Men

  • Men want to save, not be saved
  • Don’t use the word “church”
  • Let them ask questions
  • Let them evaluate & debate issues
  • Fun, food
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Who was the greatest church planter of all time?

Who was the greatest church planter trainer of all time?

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Jesus An Apostle

“Consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.... the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself....  And we are his house.” Heb. 3:1, 3, 6 ESV

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“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rockI will build my church, and the gates of hellshall not prevail against it.”

Matt. 16:18 ESV

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Build = Plant

“He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation.” I Cor. 3:8-10 ESV

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Why Don’t We Typically View Jesus As A Church Planter?

  • Prevailing church paradigms
  • Focus on Pentecost

3. It would be embarrassing

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The “Stats” Of The Church Jesus Planted?

  • 1000’s preached to
  • 500 appeared to later
  • 120 called brethren, Acts 1:15
  • 70 sent on a mission trip, Lk 10
  • 12 apostles apprenticed, John 17
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Strategic Issues

  • Very slow conversion growth
  • Not reaching the established areas of well, men and singles
  • 61% women 39% men
  • 80%+ of churches are plateaued
  • Fewchurches are planting (5%)
  • Even fewer are producing planters
plant like jesus

Plant Like Jesus

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17 ESV

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Jesus said “If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

Matt. 18:17

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Discovery Party Specifics

  • Sit in a circle or a semi-circle
  • Don’t put people on the spot
  • Speak seated if group is small
  • Pre-arrangetestimonies
  • Let people ask questions
  • Have a nice meal or refreshments during and/or after
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Discovery Party Specifics

  • Provide name tags for everyone
  • Use connection cards for feedback
  • Five minute rule
  • Offer prayer for needs afterwards
  • Recruit workers to help with children
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Format of Discovery Party

  • Appetizers & nametags
  • Dinner or snack during presentation
  • Hosts and speakers are introduced and all are welcomed
  • Brief prayer and testimony (2-4 min.)
  • Clear communication of the good news with Q & A (30 min)
  • Invite to a Plug & Play Group
  • Share other visionary plans
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Example Invitation

Would you come over to my house on Tuesday night at 7? We are hosting a dessert party and a talk about what Jesus offers us today. Most people are pleasantly surprised to see what the real Jesus of history and Bible was like and practical ways he can help them.

The meeting is over dinner and will last about an hour and 15 minutes. You will not be put on the spot to say or pray anything. You will enjoy meeting neighbors before and afterwards.

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Tips for Success

  • Invite abundantly and repeatedly
  • Exceptional hospitality & service
  • Clear gospel message with an attractive title
    • Vintage Jesus for Everyday Life
    • Winning In Life (Worst to First)
final thoughts on discovery parties
Final Thoughts On Discovery Parties

Do not let seasoned Christians dominate

Follow-up those interested

Host multiple Discovery Parties until several prospects are generated

Involve newcomers in helping quickly

Apprentice others to do them

Start new Discovery Parties and Plug & Play groups around persons of peace

discovery seminars
Discovery Seminars

Like discovery parties only more focused on the topic, and probably in a larger area. Sit around tables. Make it like a business seminar.

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TENT or SPROUT CHURCH

“And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” Acts 14:23 ESV

birth plug play groups
Birth Plug & Play Groups

These are much like Discovery Parties except they:

Have “hosts” not leader/teachers

Use a DVD for content

Meet for 4-6 weeks

start 3d groups
Start3D Groups

An all purpose meeting, designed to discover, and develop pre-launch participants and deploy them as Launch Team members

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Why Start A 3D Groups?

Uses the planter’s preaching gifts

2. Gives a place to invite guests

3. Establishes Biblical koinonia

4. Growth momentum

5. Fishing pool for launch team

workers

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Why Start A 3D Groups?

Creates credibility for the planter

Mixes disciples with seekers

Models future group life and services

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How To Start A 3DGroup?

  • Decide when to meet-1 hr + meal
  • Pick a home in the middle of your area
  • Provide childcare
  • Invite! Invite! Invite!
a 3d group format
A 3D Group Format
  • Meal and/or refreshments
  • Prayer and/or singing
  • Bible teaching with Q&A
  • Sharing, testimonies
  • Vision casting and planning with some Launch Team training
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Practical Tips For Gathering Your First Crowds

  • Skim through mass marketing
  • Don’t let your website kill your marketing
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MULTI-CAMPUS REGIONAL CHURCH

Greenhouse Services

Discovery Courses

3D Crews

Equipper Apprentice Crews

A

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PT

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Three Phases of a Church Plant’s Life

Sent Planting Crew

Tent

Church

EquippingChurch

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What is a church?

A community of regenerated believers who covenant together to fulfill the purposes of God spelled out in Scripture