One Body, One Year – A Reflection on 2008

29 12 2008

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I’m both someone who doesn’t like to look back and someone with a distaste for quantifying anything spiritual.  But last night, during the anniversary celebration of our body church, part of the night included simply listing what God did through our little body in 2008 and I was pretty encouraged.  I want to put some of those stats here for three reason – 1) some people from the body were out of town and I want them to have a chance to read this, 2) many people think small churches that meet in homes are ineffective (and they often are) at expansion and being productive in God’s Kingdom and 3) to thank God for choosing to use us in various ways as he built his Kingdom this year.  So, here are some stats from 2008 and a few reflections.

  • Average number of adults in our body in 2008 – 30
  • Number of 10-week discipleship training courses done – 13 (in 5 states)
  • Number of people who went through Story-Formed Life training – 275 (many confessing Lordship for the first time)
  • Number of new bodies started – 3 (2 more beginning in 2009)
  • Number of new discipleship training centers started in new cities – 3 (with 5 more starting in early 2009)
  • Other discipleship training courses done by our Northern Kentucky training center – 12
  • Our monthly city-wide worship service was also started this year.

Remember this was done with no building and no paid staff.

It seems God should be able to do even more through our body in 2009 (we now have almost 40 disciples in the body now), but dream with me for a minute.  We were planted from a traditional church of about 1000 people.  If a church that size has 500 disciples in it who are committed members of a body, dedicated to our mission of training disciples, and who did similar things as our body this would have been the result.

  • 500 disciples in bodies = 16 bodies
  • Number of 10-week discipleship training courses done – 208 (in all 50 states and 30 different countries)
  • Number of people who went through the Story-Formed Life (began discipleship training) – 4,400
  • Number of new bodies started – 48
  • Number of new training centers started nationally and internationally – 48
  • Other discipleship training courses in their area this year – 192

Moral of the story – If you want to start a movement you must be structured like a movement.  Movements and institutions are structured in almost opposite ways.  Institutions require enormous capital resource and their bulk is centered around the service the institution is designed to provide.  Movements are organized in a cellular fashion and push all their resources out.  Their structure exists to spread so if a cell stops spreading it ceases to exist.  No resources are spent on institutional survival.  Spreading is the priority and therefore training (starting training center), encouraging (starting a body) and expanding (releasing apostolic teams) are its dominate activities.

Train disciples, grow the body and release the 5-fold ministry.  Do that in that order and, with God’s help, you’ll start a movement that will spread throughout the Earth.

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3 responses

31 12 2008
Ben

i love your thoughts on the differences between movements and institutions. looking forward to 2009 bro.

7 01 2009
marktreas

” Movements are organized in a cellular fashion and push all their resources out. Their structure exists to spread so if a cell stops spreading it ceases to exist”
I thought this to be specifically powerful because when the life force turns stagnant, it dies, resulting in its participants to be constantly reevaluating their “Why”

Great thoughts.

11 12 2010
Wayne

It would be interesting to have an update as this one is now pretty old

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