Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 24

How to Start a Church Planting Movement:
Knowing the three things that have to reproduce across multiple generations

A church planting movement is marked by one primary characteristic—multiplication.  If one church plants five new churches, it is still only accomplishing addition.  There can be no spontaneous church planting movement when we are just adding new churches.  But if a church plants a second generation church that starts a third generation church that starts a fourth generation church, then multiplication has been activated.

2 Timothy 2:2 commands multiplication to the fourth generation. Paul taught Timothy who was to teach reliable men who would teach others.  We know we are reproducing in biblical way when we see fourth generation disciples and churches.

Everything living multiplies as each generation produces succeeding generations. “Be fruitful and multiply” was God’s first command to people.  To have a church planting movement in the United States we need to produce multiplication in several areas:  disciples must produce new disciples, churches must produce new churches, and Christian households must produce new Christian households.

The key to multiplication in each of these areas is simple, reproducible, and effective strategies.  These strategies are always geared to produce behavior in believers that will lead to multi-generational multiplication.

Pray that God will help you to be part of biblical multiplication and allow you to see fourth generation disciples, churches and Christian households.

Reports From the Field…

Church Planter Training Event at Passaic Spanish

On Saturday, August 13 about 65 people gathered at Passaic Spanish Church for teaching on starting a church planting movement.  The day consisted of presentations by several speakers. David Harvey presented a summary of the Mt. Bethel Church planting system that we have learned from Bruce Bennett.  Then Josh Fajardo, missionary to Spain, who is implementing the Bruce Bennett system in Spain talked about using this system among Hispanic people. Finally two people from Joel Guzman’s church planting class who have started new groups in new communities presented the work that they have been doing.  We were blessed to hear these two lay people speak with passion about the ministry of church planting that God has called them to, and to hear amazing stories of what God is doing in these new churches.

We believe that God is raising up many church planters among the Spanish churches. God is blessing their emphasis on training and turning that training into a desire to plant new churches. Many lay people have been through some type of training for ministry and are now asking how they can use that to start new groups.  Pray that new churches will be planted as a result of this day of training.

Thanks to Joel Guzman for translating and to the Passaic church for supplying lunch.

Church Planter Training bears fruit at El Remenete in Bronx, NY

As mentioned above, Pastor Joel Guzman has been teaching a church planter class with about 20 people attending regularly at El Remenete Church in Bronx, NY.  Joel translated Bruce Bennett’s entire “Church Planting Manual” into Spanish and taught that to his group.  Now Pastor Joel is taking them through the five volumes of the Omega Church Planter materials. But not only is he training people; these classes are bearing fruit. Three new churches have already been planted out of these classes and several more new groups are in the early formation stages.   These materials, including Bruce Bennett’s Manual and the Omega Church Planting Course are free and can be downloaded at www.Reframeconference.com.

Church Planter Cohort continues to meet

During Reframe Conference a small cohort of interested pastors and lay people met with Bruce Bennett during meal times for some individualized coaching.  This group agreed to continue to meet once a quarter for sharing and encouragement.  On Thursday, August 1, 2013 this group of about sixteen people gathered at Camp Timberledge.  Each person shared what they had been doing since Reframe conference to start new churches.  There were reports of several new groups that have been started since Reframe, reports on training happening in several churches and identification of future church planters and the communities to which these planters will be going to start new churches. Several maps were presented with the communities targeted for new churches clearly marked. There was also good discussion and cross-fertilization of ideas and strategies that are being used by different persons. The group also talked about the purpose of this cohort gathering and agreed to continue meeting once a quarter for sharing, encouragement, and accountability. The group included pastors and lay people from the Wilkes-Barre District in Pennsylvania, from Storm Hutchison’s work in the Schyulkill County region of Pennsylvania, and from Pastor Larry Light’s church in Walton, NY.

Be With Him…

This quote is from “Discipleship Cycles,” a summary of a Church Planting Movement (CPM) by someone using the T4T system.  This quote contains “No.1” on a list of eight requirements for a CPM to be successful.

“At first glance, John’s Training for Trainers (T4T) is deceptively simple. He offers no radical insights or unusual theological principles. However, if you fail to catch the hidden elements within John’s Church Planting Movement dynamite you’ll never grasp why it is so effective. Here are a few of the hidden elements that you must not miss if you want to pursue this very user-friendly methodology:

1. John is serious when he says two hours a day in prayer are necessary to be an effective navigator of Church Planting Movements.”

Or, in the words of Abraham Lincoln…

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

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Strategy Coordinator Training Available

August 19-21 are the dates for our first Strategy Coordinator Training.  The training will be held at Peach Orchard Retreat Centers in Burtonsville, MD.  There are a limited number of registrations that can be accepted.

Strategy Coordinator training will enable trainers to train others to train second and third generation trainers in the nine strategies necessary to produce a church planting movement. Each strategy is designed to produce a necessary behavior in the lives of believers that will enable the multiplication of believers, groups, and churches.

The training will cover a brief overview of the entire system and then training in at least the first five strategies.

Attendees should read the following booklets before attending:

“The Four Fields of Kingdom Growth” by Nathan and Kari Shank. Available at: http://churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/pdf/4_Fields_2011.pdf

“Best Practices Institute Manual” available at: http://churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/pdf/bpi-training-manual_20082.pdf

Both books can be downloaded for free.

If you are interested in participating in the training please let me know by e-mail: Dharveymar@aol.com.

Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 23

Strategy Coordinator Training Available

August 19-21 are the dates for our first Strategy Coordinator Training.  The training will be held at Peach Orchard Retreat Centers in Burtonsville, MD.  There are a limited number of registrations that can be accepted.

Strategy Coordinator training will enable trainers to train others to train second and third generation trainers in the nine strategies necessary to produce a church planting movement. Each strategy is designed to produce a necessary behavior in the lives of believers that will enable the multiplication of believers, groups, and churches.

The training will cover a brief overview of the entire system and then training in at least the first five strategies.

Attendees should read the following booklets before attending:

“The Four Fields of Kingdom Growth” by Nathan and Kari Shank. Available at: http://churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/pdf/4_Fields_2011.pdf

“Best Practices Institute Manual” available at: http://churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/pdf/bpi-training-manual_20082.pdf

Both books can be downloaded for free.

If you are interested in participating in the training please let me know by e-mail: Dharveymar@aol.com.

Churches that have Worked on Implementing Multiplication Teachings

Over the past twelve months there have been many people seeking to understand how to implement the teachings on church multiplication.  I am listing below some of the efforts of which I have been made aware.  If you are not on this list but should be, please e-mail your story to me at dharveymar@aol.com.

The Wilkes Barre District – Led by District Leader Al Sones the Wilkes-Barre District has developed an initiative they are calling “Focus 17.”  Focus 17 is a plan to multiply churches in the 17 counties of Pennsylvania that their district encompasses.  They will be sponsoring a church multiplication banquet in October to bring the issue to the forefront of the agenda of their churches.

Nescopeck – Group started in Shamokin – the first place that was visited to find a person of peace

White Haven – Have gone looking for person of peace in nearby town

Waverly, PA – Pastor James Cohen has done a person of peace day with Al Sones in Scranton, PA.

Mechanicsburg, PA, Good News,– Pastor Al Sones has gone monthly to different towns and communities looking for person of peace

Wallenpaupack, PA– Pastor Ken Platt and a lay person have gone into nearby town looking for person of peace – They are exploring opportunities to start a new group in a nearby gated community

Walton, NY – Pastors Larry Light and Jack Steele had class of about 10 lay people go through Mobilizing Members and then went out to neighboring towns looking for persons of peace

Casa de Oracion, Patterson, NJ – Under Pastors Camilo Mora and Myller Olivio have started three new groups in three new communities.  These groups have become church planting projects.

Clifton, NJ – Pastors Willie and Daisy Kirchhofer have started one new group in Englewood, NJ

Bronx, NY, El Remenete – Pastor Joel Guzman has translated much of the Bruce Bennett materials into Spanish and has a church planters class with 20 people in training

Acts 12:24 Spanish Pastors – have committed to starting 200 new churches – They currently have 7 new church plants. They will be having a Church Multiplication Training Seminar for all Spanish Pastors on July 27, 2013 at Passaic, NJ.

Pottsville, PA – Pastors Storm Hutchison has led a church planters training class of about 7 people.

Plymouth Meeting, PA, Storehouse – Pastor JR Rushik teaches a pastors class in which he is training about 7 people to plant new churches.

Cadillac, MI – Superintendent Tom Doherty has been visiting Cadillac, Michigan seeking to identify a person of peace.

Bruce Bennett’s June Report

I am copying below Bruce Bennett’s June report of the increase in the number of his churches.

Dear Brothers,

For your information and prayers,

Here with a preliminary preview of our VCP quarterly results as at 15 June 2013.

For the quarter we had 1,546 new churches and 274,000 new members; around 17 new churches per day, and 3000 new discipled members per day.

The registry now reflects 28,779 churches with 2.68 million members.  God is good!!

We have set faith goals that by December 2014 we would have 40,000 churches with 4 million members.

Join us in praying for these goals.

When you mobilize & train members to be multiplying disciples of Jesus the end is in sight!

His grace and peace are yours,

Bruce

                       

Be With Him – One Hour Prayer Report from Willie Kirchhofer

Daisy and I have been doing the one hour prayer daily for about three weeks now – it has been very effective and there is not time in the one hour to pray for what is needed. 3 people in Crossroads have started the one hour prayer starting with one day a week – I have them go at their own pace. Here is an experience I had yesterday that you can use:

Yesterday as I came to pray the words “could you not pray with me one hour” impacted me greatly. I thought – we serve Jesus – we follow Him – we minister in his name and yet we cannot meet with Him for one hour? The absurdity of not meeting with Him really struck me.

I have created a blog for the one hour prayer. It is called One Hour Prayer Challenge. I use it for the people at Crossroads who are doing it as a place to post comments and encouragement. Others can use it if they desire: http://onehourprayer.blogspot.com/

Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 22

How to Start a Church Planting Movement – Strategy Coordinator Training – August 19-21, 2013 – Peach Orchard Christian Retreat Center, Burtonsville, MD

Church planting movements (CPM’s) happen through the work of the Holy Spirit and are guided by Strategy Coordinators (SC’s). Strategy Coordinators understand that CPM’s happen through producing multiplying behaviors in the lives of believers.  SC’s are trained in the strategies that produce these behaviors and know how to train their workers to train others in these behaviors. A complete list of these behaviors can be seen in Mt. Bethel Update No. 19 at www.mtbethelproject.com.

On August 19 -21, 2013 at Peach Orchard Retreat Center, the Mt. Bethel project will have its first Strategy Coordinator training event. The event will begin at 8:30 Monday morning and end at noon on Wednesday.  There will be a brief overview of the entire system as it is taught by Bruce Bennett, and then there will be training in at least the first five strategies.

The requirements for attending are 1) Agreement to start a group of three to five people who you will not only train in these strategies, but train them to train others. It will be a goal to have at least two people in your group of 3-5 who have been discovered by your work of looking for a person of peace; 2)  Agree to complete a short pre-training reading list; and 3) Agree to enter fully into the training experience.

If you are interested and have not yet signed up please contact David Harvey at Dharveymar@aol.com.

Travels with Bruce Bennett

I was honored to travel with Bruce Bennett around New York State for three days after Reframe Conference.  Bruce met with a number of groups that were seeking his advice on expanding Kingdom work in Africa.  The first group we met with was from a church near Binghamton, NY, which is sponsoring work in Senegal.  They were asking Bruce for advice on how to make their investment in Senegal more effective for the Kingdom.  We then met in East Aurora, NY with a several United Methodists from New York and Indiana who have begun to work with Bruce in Uganda.  They currently have about eight churches planted in Uganda.  It was inspiring to be in this meeting as they spread out a map on the table and laid plans to expand the church planting work throughout Uganda and eight neighboring countries.  As I sat in these meetings my faith grew that the same God who was expanding the church in Africa wants to expand his work in the United States.

Wilkes-Barre District Starts its’ Second New Group

The Wilkes-Barre District has started a new group in the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  The group is led by Pastor Joe Gandia, assisted by Pastor Matt Riley.  The group is growing and is already reaching new people.  This is the Wilkes-Barre District’s second new group they have started.  The first group continues to meet in Shamokin, PA.  In addition to these two new groups, the Wilkes-Barre District continues to support the Centro de Esperanza church plant in Hazleton, PA.  The Wilkes-Barre District is led by Pastor Al Sones.

Follow-up from Tom Doherty in Cadillac, Michigan

I did go back to Cadillac two more times.  The last two times I have been alone.  The first time I went down near a park and sat on a bench reading my bible and praying.  Here is what changed in me.  I went back to see if anyone would show up.  As I went to Cadillac I talked with the Lord about how I was feeling.

I was going to Cadillac on that day because I was being obedient to what I thought God was telling me to do.  It wasn’t because I had a feeling that there was going to be a large group of people there who I would be ministering too. I was at peace with that.  When I got there I prayed for the time I would be spending there.

When I got to my park bench and sat down I began to read Luke 10 again.  I saw some new things; at least they were new for me.  I also could hear the conversation of several teens that were nearby.  What happened in those few minutes surprised and blessed me.  As I read the companion scripture Matthew 9:36 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” I too was filled with compassion for the teens that were near me and the town as a whole.  I had been changed from someone who came because of an idea, because God told me to go, to someone who had a heart full of compassion and now a drive.  Now I think about the church plant in Cadillac all the time.

God corrected and clarified something in me in addition to this.  I always understood that the person of peace would be a non-Christian. The scripture doesn’t say that.  It says go to the towns and go to a home.  The homes may have been a home where Jewish people who already believed in God lived.

Why does this matter?  It helped me think in a larger context.  Since this revelation, I have gone back to Cadillac and placed an ad in the News paper reaching out to persons of peace.  We will see what God brings of this.  I am now open to working with people who already know Christ and have in their heart to be a part of this.

Be with Him…

How multiplication happens:  “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”   Isaiah 44:3