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The Person of Peace

“How will God provide for me when I enter into pioneer work? How will I gain access to new communities?”

Both these important questions are answered in the passage we will study. We will discover that the person of peace is God’s provision and point of access for new work.

Sustainable Movements

There is a surge of interest on movements globally. However, often the excitement is about one aspect of the Kingdom that gets taken out of balance from the other aspects. The church and mission worlds seem to continually swing from one extreme to another. Although this generates some short-term momentum, it fails to build sustainable progress in the long and even medium term.

The Hunter and the Herder

Hunting and herding require vastly different skill sets. Both have specific, crucial roles to play in a Church Planting Movement. Neither role can fulfil its full potential without the other.

The greatest single crisis in the church is that we have hired hunters to be herders. That's a bit like asking a cat to bark or a cow to bleat. When we try to serve God in mismatched roles, we end up hurt and confused. We also hurt others.

Discovery and the Inductive Approach

There are two main approaches to Bible study. One is inductive. The other is deductive. Discovery groups work with an inductive approach. They fail when using a deductive approach. The struggle we have in particularly Christian-background cultures is that most seminaries and churches teach a deductive approach to scripture. When this Christian baggage is carried into our Discovery groups, it causes serious problems.

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