This is a followup to a previous post, 7 Things We’ve Learned in Seven Years. This is the fifth principle that God has shown us as we’ve walked the journey of disciple-multiplying movement ministry:
Simple Things Grow, Simple Things Multiply
Principal #5 doesn’t take a long time to unpack. When I came back from initial training at MetaCamp in March 2013, I began immediately to put the training into practice. I was not very good at it.
For two years, Curtis kept telling me to pour deeply into the few who would obey no matter what the cost. I didn’t listen and started 63 3/3 groups within months. I even trained others to do the same so that we had hundreds of these groups within the first 2-3 years. It was my single biggest mistake.
“Curtis kept telling me to pour deeply into the few who would obey no matter what the cost.”
Once I began to focus on the few, like my first disciple Amanda Dinan (a formerly demon-possessed Hindu woman), we began to see depth and multiplication in multiple streams locally, nationally and globally.
Curtis told me not to make the same mistake at the next level, and by the grace of God I did not. I traveled to Mozambique to encourage and retrain a friend there. God took that trip and has used the fifth principal there to catalyze movements in over 20 countries in Africa, with scaling, sustainable leadership reaching numerous unreached, unengaged people groups.
“…we had hundreds of these groups within the first 2-3 years. It was my single biggest mistake.”
Which leads us to principal #6: it’s always relational before it’s organizational. But that’s for the next blog.