Anyone that knows me knows that I have a few rules I live by—carry your own weight, work hard, care for the poor, love Jesus and do not mess with my children. I want my kids to know that I will fight hard for them at all cost. I am sure if you asked them, they would tell you stories of me embarrassing them, marching into the school office or calling their teacher or telling the 5-year-old diva in the park to stop flirting with my kindergartener son. Bottom line—don’t mess with my kids and we will be good. But mess with them, and it is on!
No Little People, No Little Places: Letting God Move Through You
I met Becca* in a small congregation. She was a homeschooling mother with a desire to be involved in God’s purposes in the world, but wasn’t sure what that could look like for her.
I challenged Becca to get involved with reaching our city with the good news of Jesus, and encouraged her that relationships she already had could be the foundation of a Disciple Making Movement—a mighty move of God.
Becca agreed to let me train her in basic Disciple Making Movement strategies. She caught a vision for how this simple Bible-focused, relationship-driven approach to evangelism might really work. She started to see some of her current relationships through different eyes.
Accelerate: Expanding the Movement in 2018
It’s a new year with new possibilities! We thought it would be fun to launch into 2018 with a quick look at the possibilities in store for CRM’s various ministries, so we asked the leaders of our ministry collectives to share what’s on their radar for the year.
Accelerate: Working Together to Catalyze Movements
What is Accelerate? Accelerate is a global relational network committed to multiplying the gospel through serving leaders, organizations, and churches around the world.
Summarized in one word, what Accelerate is looking forward to in 2018 is “partnership,”
I Am a Child of God: Voices From a Gospel Movement in South Africa [Video]
Established during the apartheid era, Soshanguve is a South African township on the outskirts of Pretoria. With a population of over 400,000, the city is growing quickly and faces many economic and social challenges.
Starting in 2008, two CRM teams moved into Soshanguve and began a ministry of prayer and focused outreach among the youth and young adults. Over the past year, a gospel movement has begun to spread among the youth of the city. Here are some of the voices of that movement…
Glimmers of Hope: God's Work in One Corner of Los Angeles [Video]
"I think that when God looks at this neighborhood he feels a lot of compassion toward his people. As I think about it I just sense the depth of pain that’s here, and am reminded of how God heard the groans of the Israelites when they were in slavery, or even in Genesis where it says that the ground cried out with Abel’s blood. God heard it and had to come see justice happen..."
- Alison, InnerCHANGE Los Angeles
Starting Gospel Movements in Europe: Introducing the OxfordHUB
What does this tell us about God?
How will your life be different this week because of what you’ve heard?
More than 50 junior high students were gathered in groups to discover what the Bible had to say about their lives. A dozen of them were brand new followers of Jesus who had discovered Jesus for the first time through this Bible Club.
The setting? Recess at a junior high school in Oxford, England.
Active Learning: Why Discovery Bible Studies Are so Effective at Making Real Disciples
David Sousa, in his research on how the brain learns, observes that we learn best when we're actively involved in the learning process: using our curiosity to discover, sharing what we've discovered with others, and immediately applying what we've learned.
Conversations About Jesus: How Disciple Making Movements Grow from Friendship
Disciple Making Movements (DMM) are really built on relationships.
I recently hung out with a former coworker. She didn’t grow up in the church, but also doesn’t currently have much interest in it. Despite this, we’ve had really candid conversations about God. She seeks to understand, asking “Why do you believe this, or do that.” She’s not really sure if she believes in God.
A Mentor, a Gatekeeper, and a Movement: DBS Spreads at University
Is it possible for just one person to launch a gospel movement—a wave of transformation that comes as person after person and group after group begins to boldly follow Jesus?
Movements happen when God works alongside a person to impact other people. To take full effect, many people have to get involved. But the effect of just one person—the catalyst—is profound.