There are plenty of books about discipleship and about Christian living. Likewise, there are plenty of books about the church, about leading groups, and even about church planting. There are very few books that are about all of these things – and how the pieces fit together.
But that’s what The Missional Journey: multiplying disciples and churches that transform the world is all about. Everything is crammed into that subtitle: making disciples, starting churches, multiplying at every level, and making a difference in the world around us. Together, all of this adds up to a renewed vision for what the church could look like, from the grassroots up.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19-20
That’s what it means to be missional– to be about the mission of Jesus, which is making disciples. As we make disciples, those disciples naturally form communities, and we call those communities churches. As the gospel spread throughout the region, churches sprang up in other areas, multiplying as more disciples were made.
If starting and sustaining a multiplying movement of disciples and churches– under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit– is your calling, this implementation guide was designed with you in mind. Here we build on The Missional Journey book, allowing you to take the concepts further as you build your system using the basic framework laid out in the book: get ready, get going, stay with it, keep growing. However, it’s not strictly linear: you can pick and choose your issues, prioritizing what you need in order to gain momentum.
You can work through this guide with a cohort of influencers and practitioners. We provide descriptions of each of the key areas needed to start and sustain a multiplying movement– along with reflection questions that help you determine your action steps.