CCW Network Update May 2013
An update from Pastor David Kaufmann:
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
We 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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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