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Harvest Fields Handbook Basic

Description: The following basic training handbook is designed to help church leaders create a basic strategy for reaching, baptizing, and making disciples of unchurched people in their local community.

End Vision & The Great Commission Task

Matthew 28:18-20: Then Jesus came near to his disciples and said, “All authority on heaven and earth has been given to me; therefore, make disciples as you go, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am always with you, to the end of the age.”

  • Make disciples: God’s only command in this passage.
  • Teach them to obey: Every disciple trains to make disciple makers.
  • As you go: Discipleship is a harvest-field activity focused on reaching the lost.
  • Baptizing: Disciples are coached towards public water baptism by immersion.
  • All authority: A disciple’s authority for all kingdom activity comes from Jesus.
  • Remember: Embracing and serving God as Immanuel is the fuel for mission.

Matthew 24:14: “This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.”

The Return of Christ: Jesus Christ will return when disciples have been made in every tribe, tongue, nation, and people group.

Acts 1:8: Local, National, Global, and UPG + UUPG harvest fields focus.

1 Corinthians 3:6-7: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither he who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”

What are the four elements of evangelism present in these verses?

  1. Spirit: the work and power of the Holy Spirit
  2. Soil: the hearts of unbelievers
  3. Sower: the Evangelist’s task of verbal gospel proclamation
  4. Seed: the gospel message of salvation assurance through Jesus Christ.

Types of Harvest Field Heart Soil (Mark 4:14-20)

  1. Rough Soil: People who don’t want to hear the gospel
  2. Rocky Soil: People who listen to the gospel but fear persecution
  3. Rebellious Soil: People who listen to the gospel but choose the world
  4. Reproducing Soil: People who hear and receive the gospel and make disciples

What are common barriers to every disciple sharing the gospel?

  1. Fear: “I’m afraid to witness”
  2. Ignorance: “I don’t know how to witness”
  3. Apathy: “I lack the urgency to witness”
  4. Guilt: “I need to get my life right before I witness”
  5. Busyness: I just don’t have time to witness”
  6. Excuses: “That’s not my spiritual gift”
  7. Rejection: “Isn’t this why we support missionaries?”

Yahweh Nissi, “I AM your victory,” has promised to be with us in this work!

Isaiah 61:1-3: The Spirit of the the LORD God is on me and has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to set prisoners free, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, to comfort those who mourn, to provide for those in sorrow, to give a crown of beauty to those in ashes.

Harvest Field Planting Preparation

Instructions: Read Luke 10:1-12

1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ 12 But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. (NKJV, bible.com)

Important principles for entering a harvest field:

  • Always go in teams of two or three.
  • A fruit-bearing ministry begins with and is sustained by fervent prayer.
  • Missions is field work and cannot be accomplished on a church campus.
  • Go out and find lost people and talk to them. Get to know their life stories.
  • Identify people who desire friendship and are willing to study the Bible together.
  • Pray for people. Heal the sick. Proclaim God’s kingdom. Look for spiritual hunger.
  • Stay in the homes of people of peace. Plant the kingdom in their home.
  • If a community or home is closed to you, keep searching.

Make a List of Friends, Relatives, and Acquaintances

Step One: List out the names of everyone you know who is not following Jesus.

Step Two: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you which names on the list to prioritize.

Step Three: Circle the names on this list with whom the Holy Spirit leads you to both intercede for their salvation and share your story and God’s story.

1._____________6.____________

2._____________7.____________

3._____________8.____________

4._____________9.____________

5._____________10.____________

Stop. Pray.

Jesus = “Yeshua” = “Yahweh is salvation.” (John 8:58)

  • I AM the Bread of Life. (John 6:35)
  • I AM the Light of the World. (John 8:12)
  • I AM the Door. (John 10:7)
  • I AM the Good Shepherd. (John 10:9-18)
  • I AM the Resurrection and the Life. (John 11:25-26)
  • I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)
  • I AM the Vine. (John 15:1-5)
  • I AM the Alpha and the Omega. (Revelation 22:13)

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am Yahweh Adonai, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)

Yahweh wants not only us but everyone saved. He wants everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us – Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone helped captive by sin, to set them all free. (1 Tim. 2:4-5)

Create a Harvest Field around your Harvest Team

Step One: Drop a pin in the map where your harvester lives.

Step Two: Identify N.E.S.W. boundaries of a reasonable-sized harvest field.

Step Three: Identify “villages” within your harvest field. Examples: apartment complexes, subdivisions, business centers, recreational venues, etc.

Draw/Map out your harvest field

(Take a blank piece of paper, drop a pin in the map where you live, and draw landmarks, villages, and marketplaces around your home.)

Identify your Harvest Field Team

Question #1: In our church, who has a heart for evangelism and discipleship?

Question #2: Realistically, who lives near me and will go with me prayer walking?

Name:_______________Cell #:_______________Gift 1:____________Gift 2:____________

Name:_______________Cell #:_______________Gift 1:____________Gift 2:____________

Name:_______________Cell #:_______________Gift 1:____________Gift 2:____________

Harvest Field Gifts (Ephesians 4:11-13)

God personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.

Eph 4 5-Fold Ministry

Basic Gift Descriptions (Strengths + Weaknesses)

Evangelists. Strengths: Bold gospel preachers, consistent gospel sowing, gifted at conversations with strangers, gifted Bible communicators. Weaknesses: make people feel uncomfortable, unbalanced zealousness for conversion, lack of patience.

Apostles. Strengths: networking, visionary, recruiting, heart for the unreached, cross-cultural, bridge-builders, mobilizing mission teams. Weaknesses: make people feel used, unbalanced zealousness for mission, lack of pastoral care, burning bridges.

Prophets. Strengths: knowing God’s will, hearing God’s voice, leading others in prayer/worship, identifying spiritual gifts, modeling Christian freedom. Weaknesses: make people feel spiritually dead, unbalanced zealousness for repentance, lack of humility.

Shepherds. Strengths: pastoral care, counseling and encouragement, cultivating spiritual health, strengthening relationships. Weaknesses: make people feel guilty, unbalanced zealousness for protection, lack of adventurous spirit.

Teachers. Strengths: love for Scripture, commitment to gospel integrity, gifted truth communicators, training disciples in self-defense. Weaknesses: make people feel unknowledgeable, unbalanced zealousness for doctrine, lack of gentleness.

Choose a Day & Time for Field Work

 Pray through your Schedule

Sample Schedule

Sample Schedule

Align your Schedule with your Harvest Team

Teammate:_______________Day/Time 1:_____________Day/Time 2:_____________

Teammate:_______________Day/Time 1:_____________Day/Time 2:_____________

Teammate:_______________Day/Time 1:_____________Day/Time 2:_____________

Prioritize your Harvest Fields:

Village 1:_______________Teammate:_________________Day/Time:_____________

Village 2:_______________Teammate:_________________Day/Time:_____________

Village 3:_______________Teammate:_________________Day/Time:_____________

Track your Harvest Field Contacts:

Village:__________________Contact Name:_______________Cell #:_____________

Address:_________________Day/Time:_______________Prayer needs:___________

Village:__________________Contact Name:_______________Cell #:_____________

Address:_________________Day/Time:_______________Prayer needs:___________

Village:__________________Contact Name:_______________Cell #:_____________

Address:_________________Day/Time:_______________Prayer needs:___________

Four Fields Basic Strategy

Basic Tasks for each Field

Field #1: Enter your harvest field and meet people. (Luke 10:6, Mark 1:17)

Field #2: Sow the gospel message with unbelievers. (Luke 10:7-9, Rom. 10:14)

Field #3: Train disciples in spiritual maturity. (2 Tim. 2:2, Heb. 10:24-25)

Field #4: Gather disciples in groups. Release authority! (Acts 2:37-47, Eph. 4:2-6)

Go back into the harvest together! (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Eph. 4:11-16)

Basic Evangelism Tools:

Strategy: Your Personal Testimony

Say: May I share my life story with you?

Share Your Story

Strategy: Prayer walking

Say: We are out praying for God’s blessing on our neighbors. How can I pray for you?

B: Body (health)

L: Labor (job)

E: Economics (financial)

S: Self (personal)

S: Spiritual (divine)

Strategy: Gospel Story

Say: We are out sharing hope with our neighbors. May I share with you a story about hope?

Share: Draw the Gospel story for your new friend using the Cross/Bridge diagram.

Gospel Bridge Basic

Get to Discipleship

Method: Obedience-based Discovery Bible Studies

Discovery Bible Study Method

Instructions: In your harvest field gathering, focus on keeping things simple. Study the Bible and pray with your new disciples every time you get together. Example: Walk story-by-story through the Gospel of John & discuss one story @ each gathering.

Picture Descriptions

Center:

  • Study a Bible story [Gold book]
  • Pray [Red person kneeling]

Discover + Obey question cycle:

  • How did you obey last week? [Purple person with hands raised]
  • Who did you share with last week? [Purple person speaking to another]
  • What does this say about God? [Gold throne + crown in cloud]
  • What does this teach about people? [Blue people]
  • How will I obey? [Green heart + cross]
  • Who will I share with? [Green world]

Get to Multiplication

 Get to Multiplication!

Instructions: Add New Testament patterns of health & reproduction into each gathering.

How to sustain a movement

A Basic Tracking Guide for each Harvest Field Plant

Gathering Logistics:

Location:______________Day/Time:____________________

Month/Year Planted:__________Planting Leaders:___________

Discipleship Plan:___________________________________

Local Baptism Location(s):_____________________________

Baptizers:________________________________________

Reproduction Places:_________________________________

New Disciples:

Name:________Baptized:_______Baptizer:______Gifts:______

Name:________Baptized:_______Baptizer:______Gifts:______

Name:________Baptized:_______Baptizer:______Gifts:______

Name:________Baptized:_______Baptizer:______Gifts:______

Name:________Baptized:_______Baptizer:______Gifts:______

Health/Reproduction Elements:

Covenant – Month added:___________Details:______________

Baptism – Month added:____________Details:______________

Communion – Month added:_________Details:______________

Generosity – Month added:__________Details:______________

Leadership – Month added:__________Details:______________

Evangelism – Month added:__________Details:______________

Start something!

Basic Leader Iron-On-Iron Form

IOI: “Iron sharpens iron, and one leader sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

What is God doing?  (New harvest fields engaged, people obeying Jesus, gospel sowing, salvations, baptisms, new gatherings, new disciples, miracles)

Where are you stuck?  (Teams that need to be strengthened, fields or people groups unengaged, lack of gospel sowing/prayer walking, lack of harvest fruit)

What’s the plan? (When will we harvest our fields together? Who needs training? When will we model obedience and boldness for them in the field?)

How do we pray for you?

Creation 2 Re-Creation

Discipleship Series: Stories of Hope

Instructions: Use the DBS method (scroll up to review) to discuss one story @ each gathering.

  • Creation (Genesis 1-2)
  • Separation (Genesis 3)
  • Law (Exodus 20:1-21)
  • Blood Sacrifice (Leviticus 4:1-35)
  • Messiah (Isaiah 53)
  • Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14)
  • River of Life (Ezekiel 47)
  • Virgin Birth (Matthew 1:17-25)
  • Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
  • Soil Types (Luke 8:4-15)
  • Matthew (Matthew 9:9-13)
  • Prayer (Luke 18:9-14)
  • Demon-possession (Luke 4:31-41)
  • Legion (Mark 5:1-20)
  • Paralytic (Luke 5:17-25)
  • Prostitute (Luke 7:36-50)
  • Dead Girl (Luke 8:40-56)
  • 5,000 (Mark 5:30-44)
  • Lazarus (John 11:1-44)
  • Good Shepherd (John 3:1-21)
  • Thief (Luke 23:32-49)
  • Calvary (Luke 23:32-24:51)
  • Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
  • Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20)
  • Tribulation (Revelation 7:9-17)
  • New Earth (Revelation 21)

Commands of Christ

Discipleship Series: Obey Jesus’ Commands

Instructions: Use the DBS method (scroll up to review) to discuss one story @ each gathering.

  • Command: Repent of sin, believe in Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit (Luke 19:1-10)
  • Command: Count the cost of following Jesus (Luke 14:25-35)
  • Command: Be Baptized (Acts 8:26-39)
  • Command: Remember Jesus’ death (Luke 22:7-20)
  • Command: Love everyone (Luke 10:25-37)
  • Command: Make disciples everywhere you go (John 4:4-52)
  • Command: Pray continually (Matthew 6:5-15)
  • Command: Be generous (Mark 12:41-44)
  • Command: Heal the sick (Luke 10:1-12)
  • Command: Set people free (Isaiah 61)
  • Command: Prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1-12)

Gospel of John

Discipleship Series: Gospel of John

Instructions: Use the DBS method (scroll up to review) to discuss one story @ each gathering.

  • The Beginning (John 1:1-18)
  • John the Baptist (John 1:19-28)
  • The Lamb of God (John 1:29-42)
  • Nathanael (John 1:43-51)
  • First Sign (John 2:1-12)
  • Temple Cleansing (John 2:13-25)
  • Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)
  • John’s Testimony (John 3:22-30)
  • The Messiah (John 3:31-36)
  • Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-26)
  • The Harvest (John 4:27-45)
  • Second Sign (John 4:46-54)
  • Third Sign (John 5:1-15)
  • Father & Son (John 5:16-23)
  • Life & Judgment (John 5:24-30)
  • Four Witnesses (John 5:31-47)
  • Fourth Sign (John 6:1-15)
  • Fifth Sign (John 6:16-21)
  • Bread of Life (John 6:22-59)
  • Desertion (John 6:60-71)
  • Jesus’ Family (John 7:1-9)
  • Tabernacles Festival (John 7:10-24)
  • Jesus’ Identity (John 7:25-39)
  • Division & Debate (John 7:40-53)
  • The Adulteress (John 8:1-11)
  • Light of the World (John 8:12-20)
  • Jesus’ Prophecy (John 8:21-29)
  • Jesus & the Jews (John 8:30-47)
  • Jesus & Abraham (John 8:48-59)
  • Sixth Sign (John 9:1-12)
  • Blind Man’s Testimony (John 9:13-41)
  • Good Shepherd (John 10:1-21)
  • Dedication Festival (John 10:22-42)
  • Lazarus Dies (John 11:1-37)
  • Seventh Sign (John 11:38-57)
  • Bethany Anointing (John 12:1-11)
  • Triumphal Entry (John 12:12-36)
  • Jesus & Isaiah (John 12:37-50)
  • Foot Washing (John 13:1-20)
  • Betrayals Predicted (John 13:21-38)
  • Heavenly Father (John 14:1-14)
  • The Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31)
  • Vine & Branches (John 15:1-17)
  • Persecution & Trials (John 15:18-16:4)
  • Holy Spirit Ministry (John 16:5-24)
  • The Messiah’s Victory (John 16:25-33)
  • The Priest’s Prayer (John 17)
  • Betrayed & Arrested (John 18:1-18)
  • Jesus & Annas (John 18:19-27)
  • Jesus & Pilate (John 18:28-40)
  • Jesus’ Suffering (John 19:1-27)
  • Jesus’ Death (John 19:28-42)
  • Jesus’ Resurrection (John 20:1-18)
  • Jesus’ Commission (John 20:19-31)
  • Fishing with Friends (John 21:1-14)
  • Heart of the Kingdom (John 21:15-25)

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  1. Great work guys! I read the handbook. I will be utilizing the tools and have already started recommended it to those we have helped to train. Thanks for following Jesus. I’m really thankful you are praying, playing your part in Kingdom of agape. Keep developing new training Manuel’s. Simple, clear, and keeps the focus on the Main Who of the main thing. Mt.6:33
    One body of Jesus Christ. One great CO-mission in Christ Jesus. Brother Chip

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