Disciple-Making Training in San Jose (and elsewhere)

February 15, 2013

Three-legged race

Running together, not solo

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
  • Portland
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • San Jose
  • Philadelphia
  • Minneapolis

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?

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

4 responses to Disciple-Making Training in San Jose (and elsewhere)

  1. I apologize in advance if this sounds petty; be assured that if this were concerning some small detail, I would not mention it.
    You said, “Cityteam has learned how to teach normal people how to experience the power of the Holy Spirit through obedience to Christ.” I looked at Cityteam’s website and could not find a summary sentence worded that way, so I will assume that this is your own description of what they do.
    My issue is this: you said “obedience to Christ.” Why not “faith in Christ?” At the very least, why not “faith in Christ leading to obedience?” Whose obedience is more important: ours or Christ’s (Philippians 2:8)? Is it our righteousness that matters, or His (Titus 3:5)?
    Are you–however inadvertantly–promoting a works-based salvation in your writing?

    • Matthew, “obedience” is their emphasis, which comes through in the book. I have to admit that the word itself makes something resistant rise up in me. But basically, from what I’ve read, it’s simply good old 3-step inductive Bible study: 1) What does it say? 2) What does it mean? 3) So what do I do?

      Evangelicals have typically used the word “application” instead of “obedience.” In doing so, have we softened the Lordship of Jesus, I wonder? “Application” feels more like pick-and-choose. But if “obedience” bothers you, read “application.” I don’t think they’ll mind.

      The big thing difference from typical Bible study is that they’ve inverted the normal idea that discipleship is something you do after someone is saved. Their model (which makes so much sense to me, but I really want to experience how it works) is to disciple the unsaved. Something like “try before you buy.” For example, let’s say we’re reading about forgiving enemies. The question becomes, “Let’s assume this teaching is true. What do you need to do?” Then the follow-up question at the next meeting is, “How did it go?” In this way, people learn what it means to walk as followers of Jesus, and hopefully experience the power of the Holy Spirit… all before they’ve decided whether they really believe this stuff yet or not!

      I see it as a way of living out John 1:46: “Come and see.”

  2. Sad I missed out on this. I just caught this now. I will catch it again.