A church planting movement (CPM) or disciple making movement (DMM) can be defined as “the multiplication of disciples making disciples and leaders developing leaders, resulting in indigenous churches planting churches which begin to spread rapidly through a people group or population segment.” Click here to read more about gospel movements.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!”
Lord, as we pray today for a sense of urgency, we first want to pause and to be still. Indeed, You and You alone are God. You are the Lord and there is no other. In quietness and trust comes our strength (Isa 30:15). And none of our frenetic, anxious activities will yield fruit. No matter how busy we are, it matters not. What counts is to still ourselves, to quiet ourselves, to rest in You, to lean on You and depend on You for all things. We can raise the sails, but only you cause the wind to blow. Grant us this grace, Lord, as we hold it in tension with a call to action, with an invitation to urgency.
In disciple making movements, there tends to be an emphasis on extravagant evangelism: broad seed-sowing, Kingdom conversations, prophetic declarations of truth, and questions that help the lost get in touch with–and articulate–their ‘felt needs.’ Although organic, it doesn’t happen casually; it happens on purpose, and with a sense of urgency. In one church planting movement, local practitioners share ‘Kingdom statements’ with 5 different people daily; this usually translates to finding one person of peace weekly. In another movement in a very ‘closed’ Muslim country, followers of Jesus have learned to find persons of peace by moving conversations from:
And then they ask: What would you be willing to do or to give up if it helped you meet or overcome this need?
They’re looking for people who say: I would do anything! They’re looking for desperation. When they find it, they know they can start a group around this person.
Acts 5:41 “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.”
Luke 4:43 “But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.”
Acts 20:24 “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”
Mark 10:47-48 “When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many of the people yelled at him: “Be quiet!” But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Each day, we pray for one of the countries the Grove represents, believing in faith that a disciple making movement will touch each and every community throughout these nations.
Today, pray by name for Jordan and whatever provinces God puts on your heart.
Amman – Zarqa – Mafraq – Irbid – Ma’an – Tafileh – Aqaba – Balqa – Karak – Ajloun – Jerash – Madaba
Oh Jesus! Help your Jordanian apprentices be more like you, living with a sense of purpose and urgency to preach the Good News in still other places. Give us the grace to share your Gospel daily. Keep us, Lord, from being bogged down by busyness and programs that you’re not asking us to steward. Liberate our time, our attention, and our energy so that we–like you–would proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom in all communities throughout Jordan.
Father, raise up apostolic leaders in Jordan with a grace on their lives like that of Paul. We pray, too, for the Lydias and the Barnabuses to do your work: to demonstrate your rule and reign, your Kingdom come, your grace and glory in each community.
And lastly, Lord, we cry out. We raise our voices. We beg you: awaken desperation in our friends’ lives! Stir a holy discontent with ‘business as usual.’ Foster a longing within Jordanians to know their true purpose. Strip everything away that Jordanians lean on, depend on, cling to, run to, hide in…if it keeps them from needing You, Lord: remove it! In your grace, grant us this severe mercy.
The Grove is a learning and implementation community of 23 intentional kingdom workers from 7 different nationalities serving in 8 strategic nations within the Middle East and North Africa. We have intentionally banded together for 2023-2024 to learn, grow, experiment, pray, and serve together.
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