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Missional Discipleship Initiative (MDI): Reviewing our Process

First Gathering of Implementing Leaders of the MDI - Harrisonburg, VA May 16-17, 2014
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Marvin Lorenzana

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Transcript of Missional Discipleship Initiative (MDI): Reviewing our Process

A
PILOT
initiative sponsored by

Our hope
Marvin Lorenzana
MarvinL@MennoniteMission.net
1-866-866-2872, ext. 23019 (toll-free)
Work
Christian Service New Initiatives Coordinator for Mennonite Mission Network (MMN)
Coach for Racial-ethnic Ministries for Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMM)
Director of the Mennonite Hispanic Initiative (MHI) for VMM.
Education
BS in Management and Organizational Development from EMU
MDiv from Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS)
Currently working on a DMin program at Asbury Theological Seminary (ATS)
Key Questions:
What is Church?
What is its mission?
How do we create a culture of effective missional discipleship and mentoring?
What is the relationship between effective discipleship and meaningful Christian service?
How do we develop missional leaders from the ground up within our local setting?
Our hope with this initiative is to create not just conversation about what it means to be the Church in the 21st century; this is also an urgent call to action!
Our goal
Our goal is to
nurture
and
resource
a culture of relational disciple-making that will in turn
produce
a generation of
mission-minded leaders.
Why disciple-making
is SO important
“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945),
The Cost of Discipleship
“Only when we become intentional about making and multiplying disciples can we be assured that groups and churches will multiply.”
—Neil Cole,
Cultivating a life for God
“We are never going to be the movement Jesus wants unless we first get the issue of discipleship right.”
—Alan Hirsch and Debra Hirsch,
Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship
Why now?
Racial/Ethnic churches across Mennonite Church USA have sounded a call for resources to help them grow and train leaders in their churches through intentional discipling. Mennonite Mission Network is responding to that call by implementing this pilot program.
History
Christian Service program leaders at Mission Network wondered how they could make their service programs more appealing to youth of color. But when program leaders asked Racial/Ethnic congregations for ideas, the churches said they would prefer to engage with youth in their own communities instead of sending them into voluntary service across the country. This sentiment was expressed in congregations from many different ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Christian Service Director Del Hershberger and Marvin Lorenzana, in conjunction with congregational leaders from Racial/Ethnic churches, created a pilot discipleship program to help develop young leaders.
Stage 1
During the months of
March–April 2013:
Recruitment
Recruit five Racial/Ethnic congregations from Mennonite Church USA.
Training
A weekend Missional Discipleship and Leadership Mentoring workshop conducted in English or Spanish.
Launching
The MDI pilot was launched on
Monday, April 22, 2013.
All congregations launched the MDI simultaneously.
Stage 2
Implementation
Implementation took place over a one-year period from
April 2013 to April 2014.
During the second stage,
2
visits were made to participating congregations for further resourcing, to address concerns or/and to make any needed adjustments.
Monitoring process
Stage 3
Summit
The year will end
May 2014
with a gathering of leaders
who have implemented the program. Stories will be shared and next steps will be discerned together. Location to be determined.
Disciple-
making
Models

Missional
Discipleship

Relational
Discipleship
Groups
(ReD Groups)

Part 1
Part 1 tries to answer three important questions:
a. What is "Church?"
b. What is the mission of the Church?
c. What does a Church in mission look like?
In essence, the success of the Church in its role as contributor to God’s mission on earth, rests significantly in its capacity to understand clearly its identity and call. If the Church does not understand its identity primarily as that of a living organism that effectively reproduces disciples of Christ, it will fall short at accomplishing its mission on this planet.
Part 2
Part 2 of this material deals with the idea of
Intentional-Relational Discipleship
and its relevance within the local church. Also explores the
model left by Jesus
himself, as well as the phenomenon of the explosive growth of the
Early Church,
which thrived in the midst of a context that was mostly hostile toward her, as clear examples of simpler and more organic models for disciple-making and mission-oriented leadership development.
Part 3
In Part 3 we explore the idea that
simple is better!
All processes tend to break down the more difficult and complex they become. Here we define
Missional Discipleship,
and we highlight the importance of developing a
Simple Strategic Process (PES)
for the development of healthy, reproductive disciples within the local church.
Part 4
Part 4 of the material is dedicated to explain what the
DNA of a disciple
of Jesus looks like, and how it should be infused in every disciple via
Relational Discipleship Groups (ReD),
which are nothing more than a practical, reproducible, and simple way to create basic communities of two or three people. These group's weekly agenda is:
1. To hold one another accountable.
2. Communal reading of Scripture.
3. Individual and communal prayer.

Likewise, in this section we emphasize the importance of learning how to
Multiply Disciples
in an intentional-relational kind of way.
Part 5
The content of Part 5 has to do with the concept of
Mentoring Leaders.
Once we have learned how to make disciples effectively, we can now turn to leadership development. A
Leadership Pipeline
that is simple and reproducible needs to be put in place in order to accomplish this goal. Our final purpose, then, is to learn how to
Multiply Missional Leaders
who will help the church navigate the turbulent waters of the 21st century.
Missional
Church

Multiplying
Missional
Leadership

Encuentro de Renovación
- Miami, FL
Iglesia Garifuna Evangélica
- Miami, FL
Unity Pentecostal Church of God Mennonite
- Miami, FL
Iglesia Garifuna Evangélica
- Manhattan, NY
New Song Anabaptist Fellowship
- Harrisonburg, VA
MDI Pilot Churches
Biweekly
Group
Regular
Phone
Fuze
What is...
Missional Discipleship?
"
(a)

It is the fulfillment of the Great Commission left by Jesus to his disciples,
(b)

done in an Intentional-Relational way
,

and

(c)
with the sole purpose of transforming mere consumers into missionaries within their own context
"
Love God
Love Neighbor
Make Disciples
Phase

Phase

Are ReD Groups an effective tool to provoke intentional-relational discipleship and disciple-making within the local congregation?

Are they simple enough to be highly reproducible?

Do they help create a discipleship culture within the local church?
Huddles
(Círculos de Aprendizaje)
"A place to directly disciple your current or future leaders in mission and discipleship"
Mike Breen 3DM
Our goal was to start using this vehicle for leadership development on year 2
of the implementation process. However, we decided to offer MDI implementing leaders to launch instead in February, 2014 along with a number of Latino churches in Harrisonburg, VA that also were ready to start implementation.
Iglesia Garifuna Evangélica - Manhattan, NY
Unity Pentecostal Church of God Mennonite - Miami, FL
New Song Anabaptist Fellowship - Harrisonburg, VA
Iglesia Enciende Una Luz - Harrisonburg, VA
Iglesia Discipular Anabautista - Harrisonburg, VA
El Camino Discipular - Harrisonburg, VA
Iglesia de Dios de La profecía - Harrisonburg, VA
Churches Implementing Phase 2 with MMN are:
Churches Implementing Phase 2 with VMM-MHI are:
Are Huddles (Círculos de Aprendizaje) an effective tool to develop leaders with a missional mind-set within the local congregation?

Are they simple enough to be highly reproducible?

Do they help create a discipleship culture within the local church?
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