What’s the strategy? The simple answer is “Go make disciples”. We believe the disciple-making command given by Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 28 is foundational in both planting and growing a church. Therefore, every part of our plant strategy must answer this question: Does it effectively help in making completely committed disciples of Jesus? In short, discipleship should be born into the spiritual DNA of every believer within the church. We believe that a church plant is a natural product of making disciples.
RELATIONAL AND INTENTIONAL
Real discipleship isn’t a program, class, or ministry category, nor does it happen haphazardly. Discipleship demands authentic and intentional relationships and happens best in a community that offers safety, transparency, and accountability as well as modeling and teaching the gospel. Much of this takes in homes and is guided by relational and intentional leaders (spiritual parents) who are equipped and effective as disciples who make disciple-makers.
GOSPEL-CENTERED AND MISSIONAL
It’s the gospel that offers power to forgive sin, give eternal life and reconcile our relationship with God and others. No level of self-esteem, intellect, or self-will can accomplish this; therefore the gospel must be at the center of all we are and all we do as disciple-makers.
The gospel defines our mission giving us purpose and parameters for relationships. Through the story of Jesus, we know His purpose was to seek and save the lost, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight to the blind, and to set the oppressed free. Jesus passed His mission along to His disciples telling them to make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to obey the gospel. His mission must become our mission.
TRANSFERABLE AND REPRODUCIBLE
A reproducible process is also necessary for the multiplication of disciples. This biblical strategy involves a clear and pattern-able process that equips the disciple-maker to intentionally engage with people from all stages of faith and guide them toward Christ-likeness. In the last phase of this process, the disciple-maker releases other disciple-makers who will go and do the same. It’s a cyclical process that leads to multiplication. This strategy demands that we equip and release an army of dynamic, self-replicating disciple-makers that will love selflessly and reach the world.
We have begun by planting the gospel and forming reproducing gospel communities in Spanish Fork, Ut that meet collectively each Sunday. These missional communities will multiply and plant more new churches in other cities in Utah County, the Wasatch front and beyond!