I’ve written about Cityteam before, and how they reshaped their entire organization around Church Planting Movements, where the good news of Jesus Christ spreads virally. We hear of such movements around the world, but they’re the only group I know of that has seen true viral growth here in North America. So when they take what they’ve learned in the past few years and turn it into training, I pay attention!
They changed the term from CPM to Disciple Making Movements. And they’re calling this training idisciple Seminars. These include Awareness Seminars (a brief introduction) and Basic Training (hands-on). Is your city on the list?
- Lake Oswego, OR
- Lawrenceville, GA
- San Jose
I’m clearing my calendar for the San Jose training! What about you? Check out their training events page.
Simple steps empower us
Don’t be put off by the stodgy video at the bottom of that page, which talks about “process” and “steps.” Remember when John Wimber boiled healing prayer down to the Five Step Model? It’s kind of like that: it sounds rigid and clinical. But judging from the powerful book Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus, it’s anything but rigid. The process & steps are there to provide a framework of simplicity, which is important for anything to spread. But behind and through that framework, Cityteam has learned how to teach normal people how to experience the power of the Holy Spirit through obedience to Christ. And remember, when I say “normal people” I mean “people who aren’t believers like us”!
So the Basic Training in San Jose will be spread across several Saturday afternoons: March 2nd, March 9th, April 6th, April 13th & April 20th. Who’s in with me?