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'He turns the desert into pools of water' Psalm 107:35


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The World is Here

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20, NLT)

Can you imagine the spiritual whiplash the disciples are feeling as they hear these words? Jesus called, “Let’s go!” And they went. Then there was that jolting stop at the cross. Oh, wait. He’s alive again. But he can’t stay. And they still have this job to do. So they can’t stay either. Ready… Go! Into all the world. It’s enough to make anyone motion (or emotionally) sick. But Jesus promised to always be with them. And he sent the Spirit. And they went into all the world.

Times have changed, but the mission has not. The nations still need Jesus. Christians remain a ‘sent’ people. As we are busy going, it is important to notice something about the world around us – we are not alone in our mobility. There is no better illustration of this than your local university. Consider the stats in the following photo put together by C3Tempe.org (check out their website!):

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Isn’t that amazing (and hard to read in this format)? That’s 60,000 students on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. A wave of 8,800 international students from 125 countries is expected to graduate over the next several years. Many of these will return home to positions of influence. What better place to reach the world than the place where the world is gathering? We intend to plant a church that can help establish a dynamic campus ministry to reach this incredibly diverse population.

That’s something worth praying about if you have a moment! As you pray, reflect on Jesus’s words in Matthew 28:18-20. Who is right in front of you? Who is God sending your way? Where might he be sending you? How is your life geared to “go and make disciples?”

And remember, you’re not alone. Jesus has all power and authority and has promised to go with you.

Ready… Go!

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Planting a New Church

One of the first questions people ask when we tell them we are planting a new church is, “How do you do that?” This is an important question. There is a multitude of options when planting a new church; ranging from very grass-roots/organic to more tightly structured methods and approaches.

Our goal is to draw people into a rhythm of following Jesus that is both structured and flexible. These groups are sometimes called Missional Communities. Here is a great starting point for those that want to read more on the topic of MCs:

http://www.vergenetwork.org/2014/11/13/what-is-a-missional-community/

My shorthand definition for MCs is that they are Social because they are about people; they are Service-oriented because we believe in building inclusive community; and they are Spiritual because we model our rhythm of life after Jesus. People in community with Jesus. We usually call that church.

As stated above, the purpose of an MC is to help us live a balanced life that is modeled after Jesus’ own pattern of living. A basic rhythm of Up, In, and Out is creatively practiced. A scriptural example of this is what Jesus did in Mark 3:13-19:

Up: Jesus goes up the mountain. This usually indicates a time to be alone with God the Father in prayer. MCs spend time in prayer and worship.

In: Jesus calls the 12. This functions as a time of pouring into one another. Discipling and being discipled. Care for others and self-care.

Out: Jesus sends out the 12 to preach with authority and power. MCs practice compassion by powerfully proclaiming and practicing the ways of Jesus in their neighborhoods.

If you’re a visual learner, here is a basic roadmap for launching a church with missional communities from the article below by Mike Breen:

Church Planting Roadmap

                 Church Planting Roadmap

http://www.disciplingculture.com/the-difference-between-huddles-and-small-groups-and-why-many-people-use-both/

This is just one of the exciting ways that God’s Kingdom continues to expand. Find what God is doing around you and join Him!