Summer 2014 Internship

CCN Summer 2014 InternshipClick to download .PDF Internship Promo

Vision: Our vision at City Church Network is to equip men and women as harvest field strategy coordinators. This year, our summer internship includes the following:

  • An accelerated training in our C5 training course.
  • A home stay for interns with a missionary family.
  • Urban ethnographic research training and experience.
  • Church planting team experience
  • Training in evangelism, disciple-making, church planting, and leadership development.
  • Training in prophetic prayer and healing/deliverance ministry.

Internship Summary:

This is a volunteer internship program. Each applicant will be responsible to raise the necessary funds needed for their housing, travel, and sustenance needs. City Church Network will provide all training and harvest field resources.

Cost: $2,500 ($1,000 housing, $1,000 travel/food, $500 ministry expenses)

City Church Network will:

  • Recruit a local missionary family with whom the intern will live.
  • Train each intern as a strategy coordinator for harvest field missions.
  • Assign a harvest field team on which the intern will serve and assist.
  • Supervise each intern throughout the week.
  • Train each intern over the course of the Spring 2014 semester
  • Help each intern connect with harvest field opportunities after the summer internship.

Contact: James Harvey, 615.506.4091, jph356@gmail.com

CCN Update

CCN Update

Enjoy this latest update from David Kaufmann and James Harvey.

Updates:

  • Six new believers, several of which are Nepalis from a Hindu background.
  • 31 college students from Taylors FBC on mission
  • Berean National Church Planting vision meeting this week
  • $14,000+ raised for our 2014 missionary mobilization budget!
  • Plans for missional and training trips to other countries.
  • The levels of leadership according to the 50-5-50 USA network
  • A prayer of blessing

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Get in touch with us! Facebook.com/citychurchmovement

Merry Christmas from City Church Network

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from City Church Network!

Dear Friends and Family,

Seeing one person come to Christ is cause for celebration. Seeing three generations baptized into Christ is historic. And that’s exactly what happened the last Sunday in August at Mill Creek. Three generations of a family from Nepal committed their lives to Jesus. Dahl and his wife Chali, nine adult children, and several grandchildren all gathered that day at the river to be baptized as the angels rejoiced. This is what our network is all about – life change!

2013 Nashville Nepali baptism

It is with great joy that I send you this letter for the work that God has given us at City Church Network.

Our church, City Church Woodbine, has expanded its vision to be called City Church Network. Our vision is to see a movement of healthy disciples and churches. We now have over 200 people worshiping Jesus in Nashville from 17 nations in 25 Bible studies. Bible studies where disciples are being taught the Scriptures in their heart language. This year, by God’s grace, we were able to see 156 people come to repentant faith in Jesus, and 46 of those were baptized, from over 12 nations!

We continue to develop resources for the global church. Our blog has been visited by individuals in over 137 countries with over 13,100 views since the first of the year. We are also targeting four strategic cities in the United States and hope to develop a City Church app that can be used on phones all over the world with our training materials.

I can honestly say this year has been one of the most fulfilling and fruitful years of ministry for the Kaufmann family and City Church Network. As God has been doing great things in our ministry, He has also done great things in our family. During the last 12 months, we were able to go with William and Gracie to east Asia and Costa Rica to train our children in loving and reaching the nations for His glory. We were able to host a son from Thailand named Chris Patakasak. He is graduating this year from Lighthouse Christian School with a vision to go back to his country to spread the gospel.

Friends, would you take a moment to thank God in prayer for what he has done for the Kaufmann family and for City Church Network? Then, would you prayerfully consider making a generous gift to our ministry?

Your Christmas at-year-end offering will go to:

  • Fund 20 pioneer missionaries here in Nashville
  • Send missionaries to the unreached from our church to the world
  • Develop training resources for the global church

Thank you for your partnership in the advancement of the gospel in Nashville among the 1.2 million people that live in our city that do not worship Jesus Christ.

Please mail checks to:

City Church Network, 313 Lawndale Dr, Nashville, TN 37217

Will you join my wife Rebekah and me as we pray and as we give? My prayer is that God will provide $100,000 in gifts through this 2013 offering. Gifts that will tangibly help us reach about 10,000 lost people with the gospel next year!

For HIS fame,

David Kaufmann

Kaufmann family 2014

50-5-50 Vision For North America

50-5-50 Network

Welcome to the 50-5-50 Network. This network was birthed by E3 Partners missionary Jeff Sundell based on the reality of vast lostness in North America and the need for multiplying disciples, leaders, churches, and networks.

The 50-5-50 vision represents:

  • 50 U.S. cities in the next…
  • 5 years (by 2017) will have…
  • 50 Master CPM and DMM trainers in each city.

Click to download Master T4T Trainer .PDF

Five Levels of Leadership

Level 1: Faithful Sower – faithfully and fruitfully sows the Word of God among the lost and disciples new believers to have the potential to be reproducing.

Level 2: Church Planter or Disciple Maker – doing L1 plus forming new believers into an autonomous group.

Level 3: CPM Coach or Disciple Making Movement (DMM) Coach – doing L2 plus multiplying disciples and releasing authority to the 1st/2nd/3rd generations.

Level 4: CPM Master Trainer or DMM Master Trainer (MT) – doing L3 plus training independent Church Planters or Disciple Makers thus multiplying groups.

Level 5: Strategy Coordinator (SC) – independently engaging a population segment, and has multiple streams of CPMs and/or DMMs.

What is a Master Trainer (By Nathan Shank)

The Master Trainer has witnessed generations of church starts within his own network (CPM) and is willing to train other existing networks to do the same.  By empowering such experienced actioners to ‘give away the kingdom’ we draw upon all the manpower resources of existing churches mobilizing them toward a multiplied harvest.

Master Trainers have the role of a mentor, coaching the network through multiple touches, toward multiplication.  They are able to diagnose church health, identify emerging leaders and spiritual gifts, and recognize and correct barriers with scripture often present within church tradition.  This is a kingdom minded multiplier!

Click to join the 50-5-50 network!

For more information, please e-mail us: woodbine4thenations@gmail.com

Al Massira Training Nashville

Al Massira Training

Al Massira Training Nashville

Click to download .PDF flyer

Al Massira: An open place to walk with the prophets and meet the Messiah.

Date: Friday, November 15 – Saturday, November 16

Time: Friday, 9:00am – 9:00pm; Saturday, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Venue: Fellowship Bible Church (The Barn), 1210 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37207

Al Massira is a new way for you to share your faith in the Messiah with your friends. Al Massira is:

  • A chronological overview of the Bible revealing the identity of the Messiah
  • A series of 13 short films to be followed by guided discussions
  • Designed for use in small groups among friends
  • Presented in Arabic and English

If you are currently involved in outreach or planning to be involved in the future, you are invited to come and be trained to use this exciting new resource! You will receive the complete resource pack (DVDs, Leader’s manual, and Participants’ discussion questions and notes) at the end of the training for immediate use.

Total cost for single person: $125

Total cost for single person: $180

Cost includes: meals, refreshments, and resources

Register now! E-mail James: jph356@gmail.com

Visit the website: almassira.org

Nashville People Groups

Nashville UPGs

Nashville People Groups

Known People Groups in Nashville Area:

1.         Hindi

2.         Telegu

3.         Gujarati

4.         Tamil

5.         Chin Haka

6.         Zomi

7.         Karen

8.         Kachin

9.         Mon

10.       Nepali

11.       Bhutanese

12.       Mexican: we have identified several different Indian dialects among this group

13.       Guatemalan

14.       Sorani

15.       Bodeni

16.       Kurdish

17.       Egyptian

18.       Coptic Egyptians: They are ORTHODOX BUT BELIEVE IN WORKS SALVATION

19.       Somali

20.       Somali Bantu

21.       Laotian

22.       Vietnamese

23.       Salvadorian

24.       Japanese

25.       Korean

26.       Nigerian

27.       Honduran

28.       Russian

29.       Chinese Mandarin

30.       Chinese Cantonese Mainland

31.       Chinese Han Mainland

32.       Hong Kong

33.       Columbian

34.       Haitian

35.       Ukrainian

36.       Romanian

37.       Armenian

38.       Cambodian

39.       Filipino

40.       Bosniks

41.       Saudi

42.       German

43.       Congolese Swahili

44.       Iranian

45.       Russian Jews

46.     Dinka

47.   Urdu

49.   Deaf

50.   French Canadian

51.   Tajik

52.   Kunama

53.   Burundian

54.   Liberians

55.   Malaysians

56.   Ethiopian: Amharic

57.   Guyanans

58.   Bengali

59.   Bosnian

60.   Czech

61.   Guyana

62.   Italian

63.   Lebanese

64.   Trinidad and Tobago

65.   Dutch Speaking: Netherlands and Indies Islands

66.   South African: Afrikaans, English and Dutch Speaking

67.   Puerto Rican

68.   Cuban

69.   Argentinean

70.   Nicaraguan

71.   Venezuelan

72.   Punjabi

73.   Serbian

74.  Karenni (Red Karen)

75. Zanniat Chin

76. Ngwan Chin

77. Asho Chin

78. Tiddin Chin

79. Daii Chin

80. Chuj

81. Pocomchi

82. Brazilian

83. Anatolian Turks

84. Tagalog.

85. Hmong

86. Ibo

87. Twi

88. Yoruba

89. Lithuanian

90. Sierra Leon

91. Liberian

For more information, contact Lewis:

  • Lewis McMullen
  • Church Planter Strategist
  • Nashville Baptist Association
  • 420 Main Street
  • Nashville, TN 37206
  • O: 615-259-3034
  • C: 615-815-5095

2013 C3 Course Graduation

2013 C3 Course Graduation

Congratulations to our 2013 C3 Course graduates! We are so proud of Vincent & Maria Macias, Eden Medhin, Legesse Biru, Annie Jiang, Al Jackson, Thomas Blair, Betsy Pipher, and Dmitri Chernov for completing a one-year church planting internship with City Church Network.

These students began studying indigenous church planting strategy last year, September 15, 2012. They worked hard, learned a lot, and we are so proud of them!

For more information on our C3 Course or to apply for a one-year internship with City Church Network, please message us on Facebook.

Enjoy the pictures!

Prayer Walk Stories

Prayer Walk Team

Prayer Walk Stories: Somali Community

We went prayer walking in the Somali refugee community today! God allowed us to pray for eight people. We helped an Anglo America repent and commit to follow Jesus! Also, three people opened their homes for a return visit.

Lisa, Jesus’ new disciple, is wearing the orange shirt in the picture. She ended up hanging out with us the rest of the day. We hope to start a discovery Bible study in her home this week.

We went to four different Somali community locations.

Please pray that we’ll be faithful to make disciples and follow up with each home.

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Leave a comment and let us know about a recent prayer walk and what happened.

Nashville T4T Trainer Essentials

Training Trainers in Nashville

Nashville T4T Trainer Essentials

We recently returned from a T4T Trainer conference in North Carolina, and one of our tasks upon returning home was to identify the essential qualities of a T4T Trainer work in our city. After a lot of discussion, we came up with this initial list of essentials for all trainers leading and coaching in our network. We divided the qualities into the Head/Heart/Hands continuum:

Head:

  • Vision DNA for multiplication/Endvision/movement focus
  • 4 fields strategy
  • 3/3 disciple-making process
  • Basic church birth and maturity process
  • Basic worldviews/world religions understanding
  • Contextualization/indigenous adaptability
  • Well-crafted in POP/HOP fishing

Heart:

  • Spiritual warfare
  • Christlike character
  • Humility
  • Passion for lost
  • Cost of discipleship
  • FAT FROG: Faithful Available Teachable people who Fully Rely On God
  • Unity/team player

Hands:

  • M.A.W.L. – Model, Assist, Watch, Leave/Letter
  • Harvest field practitioner
  • Weekly prayer walking
  • Accountability
  • Experience
  • Hosting house church in their home
  • Minimum 1st gen, preference: 2nd gen
  • Mapping
  • Risk taker/fail forward
  • Recruiter

As always, we appreciate your comments.

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Image credit: ncbaptist.org

E3 Partners Nashville Expedition

E3 Partners Nashville

Nashville 2013 Expedition

Dear Friends,

The world has come to us. Never before have people from so many corners of the world been at our doorsteps. Nashville is uniquely unusual! Known as “Music City,” Nashville is home to the famous, the wealthy, and over 80 people groups! Nashville is the 5th fastest growing metro area in the United States for foreign-born population. There are Laotians, Somalis, Chin Dai, Hindi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, and many more!

We are recruiting prayer warriors and mission trip participants for an October E3 Partners project in Nashville. Click here to learn more about the Nashville trip in a few months.

Here is how you can pray for the Great Commission work in Nashville, TN:

  • Pray for a movement of God to continue in a mighty, unprecedented way. May the LORD draw to Himself in Christ 1000s of the unreached and unengaged peoples of metro Nashville. (John 6:44)
  • Pray God’s continued favor and blessing on our E3 field partner David Kaufmann. Ask God to protect him and his family, both physically and spiritually as they stand in the gap for the thousands of unreached peoples who have fled their countries to receive asylum and refuge in Nashville.
  • Pray for laborers to be sent into these harvest fields (Matt. 10) and for God to call laborers out of this harvest! “And Jesus said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest”.” (Luke 10:2)
  • Pray that God will convict, rise up, and make known to us those “host hearts” with both a desire to disciple and with a heart for the nations; brothers and sisters currently sitting in Evangelical churches unaware of what God has been doing around them in metro Nashville.
  • Pray that God will build a coalition of like-minded brothers and sisters with hearts to train up disciples who will train up disciples who will continue the movement. Pray for men and women who desire God’s glory above all else.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom, insight, and empowerment for the E3 leaders and trainers on this expedition as we cast vision to the Nashville CHURCH and ask them to pray and look to the nations! (Mark 11:17) God has gathered many together as He has done before. (Acts 2)
  • Pray that the visioning event scheduled for August 17 will be well-received and attended by many leaders of the CHURCH of Nashville. Even now may God convict hearts to commit and remain committed to the work God has graciously provided for them to rest in. (Heb. 4:9-11; Eph. 2:10)
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit’s conviction (Acts 16:8-11) in the geographic communities where these foreign born, unengaged, and unreached live. Ask God to prepare unregenerate hearts to hear, believe, and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray and ask God’s provision for a multitude of translators and translation tools to be made available to the coalition of cross-cultural disciple-makers God is raising up!
  • Pray for all things to the praise of God’s glorious grace. (Eph. 1:6)

Revelation 7:9-12 “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

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Please leave a comment and share a story about an urban missions trip you have been on before.

Please send us an email for more information: woodbine4thenations@gmail.com

Seven Fields Strategy For Gospel Movements

Great Commission Movements

Seven Fields Strategy For Gospel Movements

Introduction: We shared a vision a few months ago for re-organizing our church planting movement strategy around a “Seven Fields” strategy instead of a “Four Fields” strategy. We have not actually changed any content by adding “three” fields to the original “Four Fields” strategy; instead, we simply made “Endvision” it’s own field, added “Leadership Empowerment” as a field, and added “Great Commission Movements” as a field. Here is the original Four Fields multiplication strategy:

Four FieldsThis Four Fields strategy has been used primarily in the 1040 window to train networks of indigenous leaders to sustain Great Commission movements in different harvest field contexts representing the most hard-soil places on the planet.

Here is the Seven Fields re-structuring of this multiplication strategy:

Seven Fields fullAs you can see, we have placed “Endvision” or “The Father’s Heart” in the center of the missions paradigm. You will see arrows pointing back and forth between the rest of the fields as they circle around “Endvision.” Endvision, as one of our trainers taught us, is the only strategic field that answers the question, “Why?” The other fields answer the questions, “Who,” “What,” and “How.”

The purpose of today’s blog post is not to provide a commentary on the content of each field, but simply the Scriptures and functions of each field. Down the road, we will add commentary blog posts to dive deeper into the biblical foundations and missiological structure of each field in its relationship to the complete Great Commission movements paradigm.

Field One: Endvision

Seven Fields 1

This field is entitled “Endvision” or “The Father’s Heart.”

  • Scriptures: Matt. 24:14, Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:18-20, Matt. 13:37-38, Mark 16:15, 1 Tim. 2:4
  • W.I.G.take Question: “What’s it going to take to reach [your harvest field]?”
  • Indigenous church planting pattern
  • Core values: 1) Accountability, 2) Obedience, 3) Multiplication
  • 4th generation multiplication

Field Two: Entry

Seven Fields 2

This field is entitled “Entry” or “Prayer-walking.”

  • Scriptures: Matt. 25:32, Mark 2:15, 1 Cor. 9:22
  • Identify your: 1) population segment, 2) people group, 3) planting team
  • Intercessory kingdom prayer and fasting; tearing down spiritual strongholds in prayer
  • List oikos (relationship network) and begin to pray for salvation
  • Community surveys
  • Friendship-building
  • Language/culture learning

Field Three: Evangelism

Seven Fields 3

This field is entitled “Evangelism” or “Persons/Homes of Peace.”

  • Scriptures: 2 Cor. 5:20, Mark 4:26, 1 Cor. 3:6, Rom. 10:14, Rom. 1:16
  • Fishing for people (of peace) [people who receive you AND the gospel]
  • Sowing gospel seed
  • Key qualities: 1) faith, 2) obedience, 3) boldness
  • M2E Evangelism strategy (“Mouth-To-Ear”)
  • Contextualize Bible storying for each H.O.P. and/or P.O.P.

Field Four: Equipping

Seven Fields 4

This field is entitled “Equipping” or “Discipleship Cultivation.”

  • Scriptures: 2 Tim. 2:2, 1 Peter 2:2, Heb. 5:14, Matt. 28:19
  • Growing mature followers of Jesus
  • Short-term discipleship plan: critical DNA lessons, most important training first! (10 weeks)
  • Long-term discipleship plan: overview of Bible, apologetics, spiritual warfare, persecution/suffering. (1-3 years)
  • 3/3 T4T training process: 1) Heart, 2) Head, 3) Hands
  • Spiritual C.P.R.: 1) Confess sin, 2) Plant God’s Word, 3) Reach the lost
  • DBS training (Discovery Bible Study): Model to Assist within one week

Field Five: Encouraging

Seven Fields 5

This field is entitled “Encouraging” or “Church Planting/Formation.”

  • Scriptures: Acts 2:42-47, Eph. 4:2-6, Heb. 10:22-25, Col. 1:18
  • Gathering disciples in local churches
  • Every church focus: 1) healthy growth, 2) generational reproduction
  • No money, property, or clergy
  • Three-selfs: 1) Governing, 2) Sustaining, 3) Multiplying
  • Five NT church functions: 1) Worship, 2) Fellowship, 3) Discipleship, 4) Ministry/Missions, 5) Leadership Development
  • Indigenous church formation

Field Six: Empowering

Seven Fields 6

This field is entitled “Empowering” or “Leadership Training.”

  • Scriptures: Mark 6:34, Mark 4:20, 2 Tim. 2:2, 1 Peter 2:9, John 16:7-8
  • Every disciple a leader!
  • Spiritual gift strength identification and empowerment
  • Ephesians 4 A.P.E.S.T. leader roles mobilized in harvest field mission teams
  • Leader training process: 1) Identify, 2) Equip, 3) Empower, 4) Release
  • Time: focus on training leaders who consistently 1) bear fruit and 2) fish for people

Field Seven: Exponential Multiplication

Seven Fields 7

This field is entitled “Exponential Multiplication” or “Great Commission movements.”

  • Scriptures: Luke 24:47, Acts 4:13, 1 Cor. 9:19-23, Col. 1:9-12, 2 Cor. 4:7-12, Mark 1:15
  • CPMM/DMM process (Church Planting Movement Multiplication/Disciple-Making Movement)
  • S.O.I.L.S. movement stages: 1) Spirit, 2) Outsiders, 3) Insiders, 4) Leaders, 5) Segments
  • Catalytic movements DNA: 1) White-hot faith, 2) Commitment to the cause, 3) Contagious relationships, 4) Rapid mobilization, 5) Adaptive methods
  • Strategic affinity mobilization and accountability

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We hope you enjoyed this blog post on the prototype sketch of one of our next info graphic projects. Our hope is to work with our team of graphic designers to add color and pictures to represent the content of these Seven Fields and publish the info graphic on the back page of the next edition of the Harvest Field Handbook.

Please pray through the changes we are implementing to our Nashville harvest field GC strategy, and feel free to leave a comment with any encouragement, advice, concerns, or clarifications.

For more information on our church network or resources, please send us an email: woodbine4thenations@gmail.com.

CCW Network Update May 2013

City Church of Woodbine

CCW Network Update May 2013

An update from Pastor David Kaufmann:

DK Gospel Warrior

Dear City Church Network Family.

I wanted to send a greetings as a co-laborer in the gospel and a fellow servant of Christ. Last week our network took a major leap forward in terms of our influence and fulfillment of what God has laid on our hearts to see a gospel movement in the heart of Nashville unto the ends of the Earth. James had the privilege of working with two different global networks in training them and sharing our story of Nashville, and was able to travel to Birmingham on Friday to sit with a new Church Planting Network that is forming there! I had the privilege of participating in the Friday night baptism/commissioning of Ursula from the Sudanese/Ethiopian House Church. It was a joy to see many different gifts and graces being put into operation. I am also vey aware of all the different trainings, shepherding meetings, and freedom groups that are meeting each week. This brings great delight to my heart. Please continue to pray and seek the Lord on how your gifts can shine in our network.

Your co-laborer in the gospel, David

GospelWe are very grateful for the prayers, support and participation in God’s vision for finishing the Great Commission task in Nashville and the world in this generation.

Ursula's baptism

Ursula’s baptism is a great picture of how God sends us as ambassadors. Our calling is not to wait around for lost people to see our good deeds and ask us how to get saved. Our calling, commissioning, and conviction is to leave the 99 to find the one!

Ursula was one of those “1′s” needing to hear the gospel, and when she did, the Holy Spirit had prepared her heart for repentance and saving faith. We were overjoyed at this decision along with seven others from the household who came to Christ. We scouted a local river as close as possible to the home where their house church meets so that these new believers could see that baptism can take place anywhere, right in your community!

Prayer

Many of you know that our church is seriously invested in both local and global missions according to our Acts 1:8 mandate. One of the unreached people groups we have prayed for as a church for the last two years are the Kurds. Their homeland is in regions of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, but hundreds of thousands of Kurds have been cast across the face of the earth, and over 12,000 have landed in Nashville. They are our neighbors, they are our friends, but most importantly they are part of our harvest field.

Jesus loves Kurds!

A missionary who had been working in Kurdistan for four years and recently returned to the U.S. was researching existing mission work among the Kurds in North America and tracked down our church.

We cast our vision for her about mobilizing local churches planted in every pocket of Kurdish refugees to focus on evangelism and church planting among them and for indigenous church planting movements to be birthed among them here in the U.S. That’s when this missionary shared a miraculous story with us we will never forget!

Her team had not seen much fruit in terms of salvation among the Kurds despite their aggressive efforts of Bible storying and contextual evangelism. One family in particular the team had felt a special burden for. One night, the team experienced a clear call to pray for this family, and the next morning a couple of the team members went to check on the family.

Apparently, something big had happened during the night because the environment of the home had changed drastically. After asking a series of questions, the team discovered that God has worked a rare type of miracle. Apparently Jesus Christ showed up at their house with Kurdish bread and knocked on the door. They let him in and he introduced himself to them and shared stories about his kingdom. As he ate dinner with them, he served communion and invited them into his kingdom. All but two of the family members took communion and became Christians. Jesus himself birthed an indigenous Kurdish church overnight without the help of the missionaries!

Discipleship

We are doing our best to be serious about discipleship. We have the Timothy Training Initiative program that we began back in September 2012 and still have 11 students completing the program and planting house churches throughout Nashville. We have many discover Bible studies, freedom prayer and intercessory prayer gatherings, and we are trying to find grassroots, organic ways for everyone in our church network to connect and fellowship with one another.

We recently had a revelation from Matthew 28:19 that helped us better understand what Jesus meant by his command to “make disciples.” In Matthew 28:19, Jesus says, “teach them to obey everything I have commanded.” Included in this command is God’s call to make disciples, which means that, in order to faithfully complete the discipleship process, we must make disciple-makers. This deeper understanding of this passage has helped us begin to process our strategy and resources.

T4T app

One of the resources we have been developing is a T4T resource app designed for anyone in the world to download to any smart device and have access to simple disciple-making, church-planting, and leader-training resources.

Some of the resources easily accessible in this web app are Bible storying sets, articles on the theology of end-vision strategy, and prayer-walking and contextual evangelism tools.

The app also integrates our social media including our YouTube channel, WordPress blog, and Twitter feed. Long term, we hope to create a series of training videos for oral learners around the world to access high-quality T4T leadership training principles and patterns from the book of Acts. Please download the app and let us know what you think!

Church DNA Tree

Another resource we are currently developing is our second info graphic on church planting movements. Click on the picture to see the whole info graphic.

Our first info graphic was on God’s heart for his church to finish the Great Commission task and the Four Fields multiplication strategy.

This second part in a series of three info graphics is about the DNA elements and functions of church functions, core values, and discipleship structure.

We would love to get feedback from you about this project!

Movements

 

 

 

Our church is serious about Great Commission vision. Our vision for Nashville is to facilitate the planting of 100,000 house churches in the next 10-20 years. We are committed to nothing less that the completion of the Matthew 24:14 Great Commission task in Nashville and the world in our generation!

Ethne Embrace

We recently had an opportunity to share our story of what God is doing in Nashville with urban leaders involved in the City-reaching Diaspora Initiative. Click on the picture to listen to the audio from our conference call!

This initiative is an intentional movement of missionary organizations networking with one another cross-denominationally to encourage, learn from, and resource one another in reaching urban harvest fields all over North America.

Jesus Loves China

Please pray for a team from our church headed to China in a few weeks for a short term missions trip. Pray for opportunities for this team to encounter Luke 10:6 persons and houses of peace who will receive them and their message and decide to follow Jesus!

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[EVENT] All Nations Retreat

EVENT: All Nations Retreat

[REGISTER NOW]: nationsofnashville.com

All Nations Retreat

When: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Where: Bridge Community Church. 4916 Franklin Pike, Nashville

What: Join your brothers and sisters from around the world for a day of worshiping Christ together. Childcare provided.

Schedule:

  • 8:00am Light Breakfast
  • 8:45am Check In
  • 9:00am Session 1 – Pastor Josh (USA)
  • 10:30am Discussion Groups
  • 11:15am Session 2 – Pastor Sabu (India)
  • 12:45am Discussion Groups
  • 1:30pm Lunch
  • 2:30pm Session 3 – Pastor Malok (Sudan)
  • 4:00pm Discussion Groups
  • 4:45pm Session 4 – Pastor John (Bolivia)
  • 6:15pm Discussion Groups
  • 7:00pm International Potluck
  • 8:00pm Celebration – Pastor Tim (China)

REGISTER NOW! Go to nationsofnashville.com

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2013 January CCW Baptism & Baby Dedication

2013 January CCW Baptism & Baby Dedication

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‎[NEW PHOTOS] Want to see pictures of our City Church of Woodbine Sunday night baptism celebration gathering?

We had members of different house churches in southeast Nashville representing the U.S., Mexico, Nepal, Burma, Ethiopia, Italy, Kenya, Bhutan and Sudan!

Follow this link to see ALL the photos from our house church network gathering: Facebook Photo Album

Thanks to everyone who participated. We baptized two precious church members and dedicated baby Zoe to the LORD. Our house church network gathers on the last Sunday evening of every month.

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Leave a comment and let us know what you think of the pictures.

Leave a comment and tell us about a recent baptism service at your church!

2013 CCW January Update

2013 CCW January Update

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City Church of Woodbine

Gospel

Jesus Saves!

Four Nepali Hindus Accept Jesus! Update by Jan Esterline:

I reviewed the seven commands of Christ, which have all been taught in previous weeks. It allowed us to find out what they remembered and what places we still had to cover. They are excited about baptism the last Sunday of the month. We talked it through and I even demonstrated how we baptize people in the water trough. I explained that I would baptize Dal, he would baptize his children, etc. Several said they were ready.

The command of the Lord’s supper opened up lots of discussion and questions. They have all attended the Nepali church at one time or another. We explained that they could take communion even if they haven’t been baptized, or if they are “using” tobacco. We kept bringing it back to what the Bible does and doesn’t say. Finally Dal made it known to the group that it was okay for them to follow what Debbie and I were teaching about who could take communion.

In order to take communion, we addressed the question of who had accepted Jesus and who had not. It took a while to get across that the mothers could not pull their children into the circle to pray the prayer – it had to be each person’s decision to follow Jesus. As is turned out, Deoki, her husband, one of their children, and Babita all came forward and prayed the sinner’s prayer with me, asking Jesus to be their Savior and Lord! Then we took communion.

What a night! We have four more in the Kingdom tonight!  Thank you, Jesus!

Prayer

NEW Intercession Gathering!

Every Wednesday Night, CCW intercessors gather for prayer:

Our CCW prayer leadership team has begun meeting organically on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm at Jordan Hendrick’s house. Please be praying for Jordan, because his grandmother passed away this week.

Our CCW prayer leadership team currently consists of Beth Thomas, Jan & Deb Esterline, Maria Macias, and Jordan Hendricks. Jan has begun a prayer email ministry, and anyone in our network can email Jan prayer requests by Sunday at noon, and he send the prayer requests in an email to those willing to pray and intercede. Email Jan: janresterline@gmail.com.

Intercession Requests:

  • Please pray for Sabitra, a Nepali Hindu grandmother, who recently moved to Pennsylvania and is still lost.
  • Please pray for Mithra, a Nepali Hindu witchdoctor, who is hosting a Bible study in his home on Sunday nights.
  • Please pray for the Esquedas and all the trials they are facing. Pray for God to pave the way for them to south Nashville.
  • Please pray for our Baptism Celebration service tonight. We will send out an update next week with pictures!
  • Please pray for our house churches all over southeast Nashville. Pray for our laborers to be faithful to raise up indigenous leaders in each group.
  • Please pray for several opportunities for our church to impact unreached people groups overseas this year!
  • Please pray for City Church of Woodbine as we prepare to decentralize into a fully-functioning house church network.
  • Please pray for our Lipscomb University student team as they help us cultivate an online database of our local, domestic, and global missionary network.

Discipleship

NEW Harvest Fields Handbook!

Harvest Fields Handbook

The first edition of our missionary training field guide is published:

We have been working non-stop on developing some contextually-strategic resources for our church and missionary network. The “Harvest Fields Handbook” is our first attempt at helping equip everyone in our church and network in how to complete the Great Commission task by effectively making disciples and planting churches. Even if people don’t feel “called” to house church planting, we are all commissioned by the Father to “do the work of the evangelist” and “make disciples.”

Click on the Handbook picture for a link to both a digital and print version of the handbook. Check it out for yourself! Read it, and let us know what you think. We are training everyone in this resource so that the priesthood of believer in our body of Christ rises up with confidence in who they are and what we are all called to do for God’s kingdom.

Seven Signs of Jesus the Messiah

Click on the picture to visit our blog post on a great Bible storying set for nonbelievers and Christians alike called the “Seven Signs of Jesus the Messiah.”

Movements

Mapping A Gospel Movement

City Church of Woodbine is all about being a catalyst for gospel movements in three areas: local, domestic, and global.

Please pray for us because we have several opportunities this year for global missionary work among unreached people groups including areas of the world such as Costa Rica, Indonesia, India, China, and Thailand!

Please visit our latest blog post on Mapping A Missional Movement.

Please visit our latest blog post on the BFCnetwork’s current missionary work in India.

Please pray for new domestic church plants in Nashville, Columbia, Kentucky, and other areas in our region of the Berean Fellowship of Churches global network.

Please pray for David and James as they research the actual logistics of finishing the Great Commission task globally including discovering how our church can play a strategic part in sending missionary trainers to work with nationals in other countries where unreached and unengaged people groups still exist!

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Please leave a comment to let us know what you think about all God is doing in our city and world!

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you want to partner with us for the completion of the Great Commission task, please email us @ woodbine4thenations@gmail.com.

Mapping A Missional Movement

CCW Database

Mapping A Missional Movement

North America is obsessed with movements without fully understanding what it takes to see a God-birthed, multiplying, and sustainable Great Commission movement happen.

We are so proud of the leadership teams we have mobilized and invested in over the past year, and one of those teams recently approached us and said, “We need a way of collecting, organizing, and easily-updating all the information that we keep getting on new believers, house churches, and other missionary networks.”

We empowered this team to put together a network information database of information in conjunction with some senior-year college students at Lipscomb University. We are beginning to collect and organize information in three strategic categories: Local (Nashville), Domestic (USA), and Global.

Without going into too much detail, check out the categorical break downs of information and how our communication team has decided to structure this database. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Any advice from your experience specifically in network database development would be welcome!

We will update you on our progress as we proceed deeper in the Father’s heart for this generation together.

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Overall Database

Overall Database

Harvest Fields

Harvest Fields

Kingdom Prayer

Kingdom Prayer

Worship

Worship

Small Groups

Small Groups

House Churches

House Churches

New Believers

New Believers

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Shepherding

Shepherding

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Please leave a comment with ideas and suggestions with how to structure our database more effectively! Leave a note of encouragement if you think we’re on the right track.

2012 CCW November News

Sharing The Gospel Through The Media Of Henna

Recently, Laura Brewer held a gathering at her home to teach ladies how to evangelize with henna. If you are not familiar with it, henna is a form of temporary body art that is popular in areas all over the globe including the Middle East, India, and Africa. It is used both in culturally significant events (such as weddings) and everyday adornment. One of the ways that you can share stories about Jesus with women in a way that is culturally relevant and comfortable is through henna. You simply tell the story while you are painting delicately artful symbols that relate to what you are saying, and the person that you are sharing with has a visual reminder of the story on their skin for days to come. The ladies had a lot of fun at Laura’s house, learning about henna and how it can be a beautiful expression of the beautiful story of grace! To see more pictures and a short video from the training, visit our church’s blog at ilovewoodbine.com.

For more information on how to share the gospel through henna designs, check outthis website.

Prayer Requests

When you go before the Lord in prayer, please remember the following things that are on the hearts and minds of your City Church of Woodbine family:

  • There has been much spiritual warfare against our church body lately. We should not be surprised, people– we advancing the Lord’s kingdom, and the enemy will obviously not be happy about that! Please pray for those experiencing opposition and oppression; pray for encouragement, strength, perseverance. As David pointed out, we should expect this to be our new “normal.”
  • Pray for the Tolar family as they are under attack. Their son Wesley was hurt playing football, and while treating this injury the doctors discovered a tumor on his thyroid. Pray for the doctors and lab technicians as they perform tests to figure out what they are dealing with, and the Tolars as they juggle this with a seven kids and an exploding ministry. Praise God that He uses things that we see as bad (injury) to bring us blessing (a timely opportunity to address this issue)!
  • Pray for healing for Debbie Esterline’s broken wrist after her fall and subsequent surgery this past month.
  • Please continue to pray for the ESL classes taking place in the Highlands Apartment complex each week. Pray that the Lord will open the hearts of the students to learn not just about our language, but our Savior as well.

To Be Kingdom Ambassadors

After a two month break from Acts, we are back in action with Paul and Barnabas continuing to go city to city preaching the good news of the gospel. Why did they do this? Their calling and purpose as kingdom ambassadors was clearly stated in Acts 13:47, “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” All of the apostles understood the Great Commission task through the lens of Jesus’ prophetic teaching on the end of time in 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.” So, our mission today as God’s kingdom ambassadors has not changed. May we dig deep into this passage this week and find intentional ways in each of our lives to contribute to the completion of the Great Commission task!

Take some personal quite time to look over and reflect on the following questions:

1) Why is discipleship just as important as evangelism? (14:21)
2) As followers of Jesus, how do we “continue in the faith,” and why is it so important? (14:22)
3) Explain the process for planting a new church in Acts 14:23.
4) Why is it so important to have both a clear vision and measurable goals in missions? (14:26-28)
5) Are some spiritual gifts more important than others? (1 Corinthians 12:18-31)
6) Read Philippians 3:7-14. Take time to pray and ask God for strength, faith, and courage.
7) Re-read this week’s focus passage. How can your church follow the biblical model for planting new churches in Acts 14:21-28?

[The rest of the discipleship guide, including questions for group Bible study, can be found on CCW's blog]

Happy BIRTHday!

God is doing a MIGHTY work in Nashville. We are overjoyed to announce the birth of three home churches in our community! We unfortunately can’t share ALL the details with you for security reasons; but we have seen 23 people come to Christ in this past month through the diligent work of one of our TTI students, which has spawned both a Nepali and an Ethiopian house church. PRAISE THE LORD! Also, City Church of Woodbine has birthed a house church in the Paragon Mills neighborhood with three of our families: the Harveys, the Metcalfs, and the Ernsbergers. There are many emotions that are involved in the process of forming and commissioning a church: excitement, trepidation, loss, hope. We will miss having these families as part of our weekly Sunday evening gathering, but we are excited to be able to send them into a neighborhood that needs the light of Christ. All three families live in Paragon Mills and will meet regularly together on Sunday mornings as a church body; choosing to spend Sunday afternoon and evenings getting in the lives of those around them, many of whom work the rest of the week.

At our church retreat the last weekend in October, we had the privilege of commissioning and praying over this new church body. David read Acts 13:1-3 before we laid hands on them and, addressing our church said, “By praying you are committing, you are covenanting with them, to pray for them and to support them and to encourage them in the work; to say, ‘This is God’s work’… This is the new normal: disciples making disciples. People baring fruit in their homes and in their communities.” Amen! This IS the new normal. This is what we should be expecting from the Lord– a ready harvest of souls. Please pray for these baby churches; and for our mother church who may grieve a loss which is tempered by the hope that is in Christ Jesus and the joy of seeing His Kingdom expand.

Keep Up With Us!

To see our activities and upcoming events, please visit the church calendar that is now located on the CCW website under Events, or by clicking here.

We covet your continued prayer and support as we try to serve as a catalyst for launching and multiplying indigenous and organic church planting movements from the heart of Nashville to the ends of the earth!

Guest Blog: Nashville Egyptian Community Outreach

Guest Blogger: YWAM Missionary Andrew Garrison

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On my first long term trip to Morocco in North Africa earlier this year, I established several overseas contacts who taught me how to build relationships with unreached people groups.  I discipled six guys who were Muslim and baptized them in the name of Jesus!
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Now, God is continuing to call and equip me to reach unreached people for the sake of the gospel. I teach students in our Youth With A Mission (YWAM) discipleship training school near Nashville, TN on relationship building skills with people from Middle Eastern cultures. I take teams of students out into the refugee communities to share their personal testimonies and get into the homes of unreached families so we can lead the community to faith in Jesus Christ through discovery Bible studies (DBS). I was given the torch to run with this ministry and plant churches within the homes of several Egyptian families. I was blessed with a team of six discipleship students who are in our YWAM discipleship training school (DTS). We have been going out together in teams to plow the field, and plant gospel seeds. And God is being faithful and bearing fruit in the hearts of those to whom we have been sent!
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I personally believe that the children are the key to reaching families. As we sang songs and played games with them on Friday night in the Millwood Manor playground, they wrote their apartment numbers  down for us and asked us to come over and meet their parents. My teammates and I prayed for people in the community and were invited into homes. We are at the beginning stages of the discovery bible study process. The community loves us, and we have been blessed to have the opportunity to get into each home and build friendships with these amazing people. Now, our role is to disciple them and recruit them as future indigenous disciple makers and church planters. By the grace of God, we are gonna see a movement!
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My latest newsletter for the Fall 2012 semester includes my contact information and stories that I wrote about the ministry God has entrusted to me. I humbly ask you to pray about supporting me monthly through prayer and financial contributions so that I can reach my support raising goals and continue to be faithful to the ministry God has given me. Please feel free to contact my supervisors and trainers: Dave Holland or Dimitri Chernov if you would like additional background or perspective on who I am and what I am doing.
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Thank you for taking the time to read about my ministry, and I hope we can work together to see God’s kingdom advance into the unreached people groups of North America and beyond.
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Gratefully,
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Andrew Garrison
615.630.9912
5801 Keysburg Rd
Adams, TN 37010
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ESL In The City For The Nations

Update from Laura Brewer, our ESL ministry director:

Our summer session of ESL classes that take place at The Highlands apartments ended in June. This session was a great experience for everyone. We extended our session to eight weeks in order to have six full weeks of instruction with our students.

Our students came from various language backgrounds, including:

  • Karen
  • Kurdish
  • Vietnamese
  • Rohingya (Burmese)
  • Arabic

Many of these students have no previous educational experience. This is their first experience going to school. Others have graduated high school in their country and even completed some college work. Some come from urban backgrounds, others from rural villages. All have one common goal in the United States—to learn the language.

The goal of our ministry is to demonstrate God’s love to the aliens and strangers among us in accordance with Leviticus 19:34 and 1 Corinthians 14:10-12. Sharing the gospel verbally with our students is difficult if not impossible due to language barriers, so we are working to overcome those barriers while sharing God’s love with our actions at the same time.

During our session, Jan and Deb Esterline opened their home to some of the ESL students, one of whom was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk whom Jan had been teaching. This monk shared with us through a translator his desire for future monks who come to his temple to participate in the ESL classes that CCW offers, not just to learn English, but to learn about compassion. The compassion we showed him as a foreigner and stranger among us affected him strongly. He is also interested in attending church with us once his English improves. Another ESL student from an Arabic background was baptized at a local church. These are just some of the stories that have emerged from our interactions with adults in these classes.

Many relationships have been established with previous students that continue to be fruitful to this day, even with students who no longer attend classes. One Iraqi Muslim student who is unable to attend night classes at this time has been meeting one on one with a church member, learning English and also feeling empowered through sharing her knowledge of Arabic. Another Sudanese Christian former student who no longer lives in The Highlands apartments is still very involved with our church, and has had many needs met through visits from several church members.

We hope to begin a fall session in September, and are looking for at least four volunteers who are interested in teaching, assisting with teaching, or childcare. No previous training or experience is required, and the commitment is 90 minutes a week for 8 weeks.

If anyone is interested, please contact Laura Brewer at 615-719-2147 or brewer.laura.m@gmail.com.

CCW News 7/29/2012

A Light In Lebanon

The Lebanon Bible study group is shining the Light of Christ to the Inman Court projects every Tuesday evening! They are continuing through the Seven Stories of Hope, finishing up story three at Deborah’s house this week. Her three kids, Eddie, Elijah, and Shirley have been amazing– listening, learning, and remembering the details of all the previous stories they have studied.

The group is using the 3/3rds discipleship process every week from 6-7:30 pm. First, the team from Nashville meets Randy & Melaina Allen and Kacie at a Cracker Barrel parking lot at 5:45, and they ride together to Deborah’s home for a time of prayer and learning. After the study the Nashvillians meet back up at the Cracker Barrel parking lot for a short debrief, some T4T process coaching and prayer before heading home. Deborah has asked the team to plan a prayer-walk of her community, and they hope to do that very soon. Please be in prayer for that activity specifically! And praise God for the uncommon strength He has given Deborah as she has endured two recent break-ins to her home, thefts, a gun pointed at her head, and a drug bust in a neighbor’s home where they tried to pin the charges on her. Thankfully, her friends at housing authority know her and vouched for her with police.

We need to continue to support this work God has called Randy & Melaina to be a part of, and pray for an indigenous gospel movement to happen in Lebanon’s section 8 housing!

Timothy Initiative Training @ the Nashville Baptist Association

This week a group from City Church of Woodbine underwent The Timothy Initiative (TTI) training at the Nashville Baptist Association downtown. The team consisted of our Pastor David, Assistant Pastor James, the Project 52 team, Laura Wight (who works with Kurds in Murfreesboro and Nashville) and their host Dr. Lewis McMullen, Church Planting strategist for the Nashville Baptist Association. Training was Tuesday-Thursday, from 9am to 1pm each day.

Dr. Greg Kappas and his Timothy Initiative staff (http://ttionline.org/) led the training. They used Google + and Skype by hooking up a laptop to an Internet TV to connect with the training team in West Palm Beach, FL. Technology is bringing the wisdom of the world’s Christian teachers to our doorstep– Praise the Lord! Through this training opportunity our church is now prepared to enlist, assess, train, and coach church planting teams focused on multiplication anywhere in the world.

In August, David and James will begin enlisting and assessing church planting teams in the southeast U.S. region to begin a one-year T4T/TTI training and coaching process that will result in at least one multiplying house church of 15 new believers in the next training year. Please pray for God to lead and enable groups to partake in this training, and pray for David and James as they prepare to equip new church planters.Topics covered in this course will be: Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Church Planting, Old Testament, New Testament, Bible Doctrines, Church History, Apologetics, Spiritual Warfare and Spiritual Leadership.

If anyone wants to apply for this one year coaching/training, please email our church @ woodbine4thenations@gmail.com. We look forward to cheering for you at graduation!

30 Days of Prayer

As you know, we are in the midst of the Muslim season of Ramadan. During this 30-day time period, we want to ferverntly pray for our Muslim friends and community members to SEE JESUS in dreams and visions. Our own Associate Pastor James Harvey has written a fantastic blog post over at ilovewoodbine.com, which talks about how we, as Christians, need to welcome and pray for the Muslims calling this city their home. The article also hightlights the Nashville shout-out in the 2012 Ramadan Prayer Guide. Don’t miss it!

And as a reminder: we are going to continue to have an intercessory prayer meeting at the Glenwood house, 304 Bowwood Dr, Nashville, TN 37217 every Friday evening from 6-7:30 through the month of August on behalf of Muslims in our community, Nashville in general, and the Muslim world.

Don’t forget to check out the resources available at Opendoorsusa.0rg

Kingdom Prayer

We invite your to join us in prayer for the following:

1) This is the Project52 team’s last week in Nashville, and they are headed back to college next week. Pray for God’s leading and vision for their futures, and for the contacts they made during their time in our community.
2) Over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world are currently observing Ramadan. Pray for our Lord to come to them in dreams and visions, and for Christians to boldly proclaim the gospel into their lives.
3) Pray for this two month shepherding season for City Church of Woodbine. Petition the Father for unity, strength, peace, joy, and renewed passion in our church family.
4) Pray for the Lord to lead us in planting a Paragon Mills church. We want to see new home Bible studies with lost families coming to Christ! Pray for God’s timing and blessing.
5) Pray for The Timothy Initiative church planter team training enlistment and assessment in August. Pray for God to bring us the right people and teams to reach the unreached in our city.
6) Praise God for our Hispanic community outreach and for all the work Vincent, Maria, Miguel and Jenny are doing to reach over 250,000 Hispanics in Nashville with the gospel.
7) Praise God for our new leadership teams, and pray for us as we continue to help people discover their spiritual gifts and plug into the right ministry teams.
Sermon Series: Acts
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Pray For Muslims In Nashville

Most people who live in Nashville will never forget this eerie picture of hate mongering that occurred in our city a couple years ago.

We once taught a group of Christian educators about the growing population of Muslims in Nashville, and we used the picture on the right as the final PowerPoint slide, and we put “Muslims, Welcome home” over “Muslims, Go home.”

As you know, it’s Ramadan, and our hearts are broken for over 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide who are trying to earn their righteousness before God through obedience to the Five Pillars. We are hosting a weekly intercessory prayer meeting every Friday from 6-7:30 pm on behalf of the Muslim community.

We were surprised and pleased to see Nashville, TN included in the 2012 30-day Ramadan prayer guide. Here is the entry for Day 8:

Day 08 – Praying about Nashville, Tennessee, USA!

For Friday, 27 July, 2012 Edition. Praying in Faith, Hope and Love for the Muslim World.

Nashville, Tennessee, the Capital of Country Music, is home to 11,000 Kurds and 8,000+ Somalis and Somali Bantus,  as well as other Muslim ethnic groups. The Nashville area has as many as 30,000 Muslims.

Like Nashville, many other cities in the United States have become the home of thousands of Muslims. Over the years, God has been raising up workers. Communicating, connecting, and shared resources have helped people to start reaching out.

Prejudices and fear remain against Muslims in Nashville, even among Christians, but for some believers, Jesus’ call to make disciples has overwhelmed both fear and prejudice. Jesus rejected the prejudices of the Jews against the Samaritans, and reached out to the Samaritan woman correcting her theology and transforming her life (John 4:4-34).

Prayer ideas: Pray for believers in Nashville to be more and more motivated to cultivate good wholesome relationships with Muslims. The followers of Islam are people with needs, problems, as well as cultural and religious preconceptions/baggage which make it hard for them to understand the Good News about Jesus. Muslim immigrants often have difficulties adapting to Western, individualistic, or urban culture. Followers of Jesus can offer real and appropriate friendship to Muslims caught between cultures.

Ask God to give believers favour with Muslims in Nashville. Pray that He would begin significant movements of Muslims coming to Christ from among the many people groups in the city.

Nashville is not unlike several large cities in the southern United States. You can also pray for Muslims in Memphis, Atlanta, and Louisville.

Complete Article, Audio, Video and Comments: 30-Days.net

City Stories: Lao Buddhist Temple

Yesterday was our first day taking our Project52 team into the southeast Nashville community for gospel ministry. Although it was not on our “agenda,” we stopped by the Laotian Buddhist temple in the Woodbine community.

We were so grateful for the Buddhist monk who showed us all around the inside of his temple. We learned that these beds are for spirits who need a place to rest and refresh themselves as they wander through the world.

Our team had a great time learning from the monk about Buddhism. People were bringing in food for the spirits and gods there, and we had an opportunity to pray for the monk in Jesus’ name. But that could not have prepared us for what happened next.

As we were leaving the temple, we met a man standing outside named Khambang. He is from Laos and a true, biblical person of peace. We shared the gospel with him and gave him a Creation to Christ gospel tract and Jesus film. He invited us back next week to a huge Laotian community event, and he invited us to share Bible stories and Jesus films with people during the all day event next Saturday!

We were so overwhelmed by God’s love for us and grateful for the open doors to share Jesus with even more Buddhists in our Nashville community.