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Groups, not Individuals

What is a gospel movement?

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.


Declare Thanksgiving

Psalm 57:9 “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to you among the people.”

Lord, it can sometimes be easy to complain about the Middle East: the war, the violence, the corruption, the inefficiency, the lack of infrastructure like water, electricity, and gas in many countries. Indeed, a pervasive sense of hopelessness has shrouded this beautiful region. But today, Lord, we give thanks, and we give thanks as an act of defiance, resistance to the spirit of this age.


Today’s Movement Theme: GROUPS, NOT INDIVIDUALS

Please forgive the longer-than-average explanation today! But it needs some clarifying.

One of the challenges in catalyzing a reproducing movement, Jesus’ clear pattern notwithstanding, is helping workers transition from focusing on individuals to investing in groups. But groups, as Jesus clearly intuited, have distinct advantages over individuals, particularly in countries with high levels of social persecution and/or government threat.

What we don’t want is a bunch of individuals coming to faith, being extracted from their natural communities, and becoming cultural Christians. Of course we celebrate with the angels when even one sinner repents (Luke 15:10)! However, in contexts where movements have happened, a consistent pattern emerges: those who come to faith as individuals almost always join Christian culture; and those who join Christian culture tend no longer to reach their native oikos, or community.

Instead of evangelizing individuals, disciple making movements see all people of peace (Luke 10) as bridges to the community. Consider the man with the legion of demons: after his deliverance, he begs Jesus to join Jesus’ group. Jesus tells him ‘no,’ encouraging him instead to take the beginning seeds of the gospel back to his native community and share with them all that God has done. In fact, when we read the gospel accounts, the first time Jesus passes through Gerasene, the people by and large reject him; but after the delivered man shares his testimony with these communities, they are ready to receive Jesus the next time he visits their villages.

In other words: once a person of peace is found, the seeds of the gospel are planted in that person’s community context. True, an individual might be key in getting the process started. But the goal is that this individual bring along her friends and/or family for the journey. In this way, groups of people discover God’s saving Gospel, and churches are established rather than individuals coming to faith in isolation.

Today, we will pray this theme.

If you’d like to watch a video discussing more of the ‘group’ process and church planting generally, click here.


Pray the Scriptures

Acts 10 “Cornelius was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision. [Because of this vision, Peter visited Cornelius at his home. Cornelius then tells Peter:]

‘Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you.’ [When Peter shares the Gospel with Cornelius’ entire household–spouse; children; servants; brothers; parents; other relatives; probably even friends!–they repent and believe; then the Holy Spirit falls upon them all.]

Then Peter asked, “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.

  1. Pray: for Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Tunisian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Saudi, and non-Arab evangelists to find households of peace
  2. Pray: for the power of the Holy Spirit to be poured out on groups of seekers and new believers
  3. Pray: for heads of household to come to faith; like Cornelius, these men have immediate community impact
  4. Pray: for apostles like Peter-the-Jew to cross ethnic-religious-economic lines and dine with the likes of Cornelius-the-Gentile; ask for apostles to find new persons of peace and households in the least likely places

Mark 5:15, 18-20 “A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid. … As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. But Jesus said, ‘No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.’ So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.”

  1. Ask: for workers to resist extracting new seekers out of their native environments
  2. Ask: that the powerful testimonies of persons of peace would transform communities
  3. Ask: that laborers in the harvest fields of the Middle East/North Africa would see groups not individuals

1 Cor 7:17-18, 20 “Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches. For instance, a man who was circumcised before he became a believer should not try to reverse it. And the man who was uncircumcised when he became a believer should not be circumcised now. Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you.”

  1. Pray: for indigenous groups to bond together quickly so they don’t fall prey to well-meaning Christian tendencies toward extraction
  2. Pray: for people of peace to form transformation groups that become the seed of Christ’s church

No Place Left

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, we pray for the Palestinian people. We pray for groups. We pray for encounters with Jesus. We pray that new believers would wage peace. We pray that movements of Palestinian Jesus followers would lead the charge in pursuing peace in the Middle East.

  • Those that live Israel, West Bank, and Gaza
  • The ‘refugee’ communities in Lebanon and Jordan
  • The diaspora around the Middle East and the world

Prayer

Holy Father, Sovereign God, we give thanks for Palestinians, and we come to you again today–poor in spirit–asking for your divine intervention. Would you lead movement practitioners to people of peace; would you help those persons of peace establish new gospel-centered communities; and would you mature those communities to being New Testament churches with baptized believers obeying all the commands of Christ. May we see disciples who make disciples, leaders who make leaders, groups that start groups, and churches that plant churches. May your glory increase through them, through the obedience and love of your followers. And may a gospel movement cover the nations where they reside, transforming them from the inside out, and impacting the entire Arab world.

Amen.


More Information About the Grove and Ongoing Prayer Needs


What is the Grove?

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.

What does a learning and implementation community do?

  • Learning:
    • 3 face to face trainings over the 2 years
    • 1-2 ongoing learning meetings monthly
  • Implementation:
    • We put into practice our learning right away in our individual contexts
    • We band together in cohorts to support each other in implementation
    • We are intentionally experimenting together and sharing our experiences and learning

How can I be praying for the Grove aside from the daily Prayer Fuel?

  • For the participants to grow together in unity and fruitfulness
  • That participants would continue to develop their authentic personal witness
  • For new and creative ideas to share within natural social groupings rather than just individuals

Praying as a group?


Leading others in prayer is a great step in making disciples. We want to celebrate your and their faithfulness. For each person that prays with you, we will add 15 minutes to the 8.3 days of prayer committed so far.

How many prayed today (including yourself)?

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Use these resources to help pray specifically each day.

Isaiah 35

2023-07-31

e declare in accord with the scriptures: every sect, every tribe; every people group living here, every class; every age, and every village: all the peoples you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and glorify your name.

Read

Word, Wonders, Workers

2023-07-30

Lord, we declare today that every ruler and authority, every 'king' and 'queen', every billionaire and millionaire, and every politician and influencer: all will fall before you and declare that Jesus is Christ and Lord.

Read

Empowering Leaders

2023-07-29

Psalm 67:4 "Let the people be glad and sing for joy, for you judge all peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth"

Read

Priesthood of Believers

2023-07-28

Psalm 67:2 "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations."

Read

Prayer

2023-07-27

Psalm 47:8 "God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne."

Read

Groups, not Individuals

2023-07-26

Psalm 57:9 "I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to you among the people."

Read

Baptism

2023-07-25

Psalm 22:27 "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before you."

Read

Multiplication

2023-07-24

Psalm 22:28 "For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the peoples."

Read

Repentance

2023-07-23

Lord, all the peoples will remember you! All the sects will turn to You. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You, the Christ, are Lord and Savior, the hope for this region!

Read

Urgency and Desperation

2023-07-22

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!"

Read

Dreams and Visions

2023-07-21

With faith and confidence, we declare the Gospel of the Kingdom will spread throughout the nations of the Middle East and North Africa.

Read

5 Directions

2023-07-20

Middle East, live! Receive the breath of the Lord, the Spirit of the triune God. Be raised to life. Return and live. Be dead no longer; slumber no longer; be sick no more. Return to Life, and Live!

Read

Emerging Churches

2023-07-19

Holy is the Lord God Almighty; marvelous are your works; worthy is the Lamb of God in every city, district, municipality, town, and village of the Middle East/North Africa.

Read

GEHARP

2023-07-18

Lord, we declare: the time will come when You will heal the region's wounds, for its wounds are as deep as the sea, and You alone can heal them.

Read

Access

2023-07-17

Today, Father, we declare that all the sects and all the groups will become one in Christ, and they will all call you blessed.

Read

Isaiah 35

2023-07-16

e declare in accord with the scriptures: every sect, every tribe; every people group living here, every class; every age, and every village: all the peoples you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and glorify your name.

Read

Word, Wonders, Workers

2023-07-15

Lord, we declare today that every ruler and authority, every 'king' and 'queen', every billionaire and millionaire, and every politician and influencer: all will fall before you and declare that Jesus is Christ and Lord.

Read

Empowering Leaders

2023-07-14

Psalm 67:4 "Let the people be glad and sing for joy, for you judge all peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth"

Read

Priesthood of Believers

2023-07-13

Psalm 67:2 "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations."

Read

Prayer

2023-07-12

Psalm 47:8 "God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne."

Read

Groups, not Individuals

2023-07-11

Psalm 57:9 "I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to you among the people."

Read

Baptism

2023-07-10

Psalm 22:27 "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before you."

Read

Multiplication

2023-07-09

Psalm 22:28 "For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the peoples."

Read

Repentance

2023-07-08

Lord, all the peoples will remember you! All the sects will turn to You. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You, the Christ, are Lord and Savior, the hope for this region!

Read

Urgency and Desperation

2023-07-07

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!"

Read

Dreams and Visions

2023-07-06

With faith and confidence, we declare the Gospel of the Kingdom will spread throughout the nations of the Middle East and North Africa.

Read

5 Directions

2023-07-05

Middle East, live! Receive the breath of the Lord, the Spirit of the triune God. Be raised to life. Return and live. Be dead no longer; slumber no longer; be sick no more. Return to Life, and Live!

Read

Emerging Churches

2023-07-04

Holy is the Lord God Almighty; marvelous are your works; worthy is the Lamb of God in every city, district, municipality, town, and village of the Middle East/North Africa.

Read

GEHARP

2023-07-03

Lord, we declare: the time will come when You will heal the region's wounds, for its wounds are as deep as the sea, and You alone can heal them.

Read

Access

2023-07-02

Today, Father, we declare that all the sects and all the groups will become one in Christ, and they will all call you blessed.

Read

Isaiah 35

2023-07-01

e declare in accord with the scriptures: every sect, every tribe; every people group living here, every class; every age, and every village: all the peoples you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and glorify your name.

Read

Word, Wonders, Workers

2023-06-30

Lord, we declare today that every ruler and authority, every 'king' and 'queen', every billionaire and millionaire, and every politician and influencer: all will fall before you and declare that Jesus is Christ and Lord.

Read

Empowering Leaders

2023-06-29

Psalm 67:4 "Let the people be glad and sing for joy, for you judge all peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth"

Read

Priesthood of Believers

2023-06-28

Psalm 67:2 "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations."

Read

Prayer

2023-06-27

Psalm 47:8 "God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne."

Read

Groups, not Individuals

2023-06-26

Psalm 57:9 "I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to you among the people."

Read

Baptism

2023-06-25

Psalm 22:27 "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before you."

Read

Multiplication

2023-06-24

Psalm 22:28 "For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the peoples."

Read

Repentance

2023-06-23

Lord, all the peoples will remember you! All the sects will turn to You. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You, the Christ, are Lord and Savior, the hope for this region!

Read

Urgency and Desperation

2023-06-22

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!"

Read

Dreams and Visions

2023-06-21

With faith and confidence, we declare the Gospel of the Kingdom will spread throughout the nations of the Middle East and North Africa.

Read

5 Directions

2023-06-20

Middle East, live! Receive the breath of the Lord, the Spirit of the triune God. Be raised to life. Return and live. Be dead no longer; slumber no longer; be sick no more. Return to Life, and Live!

Read

Emerging Churches

2023-06-19

Holy is the Lord God Almighty; marvelous are your works; worthy is the Lamb of God in every city, district, municipality, town, and village of the Middle East/North Africa.

Read

GEHARP

2023-06-18

Lord, we declare: the time will come when You will heal the region's wounds, for its wounds are as deep as the sea, and You alone can heal them.

Read

Access

2023-06-17

Today, Father, we declare that all the sects and all the groups will become one in Christ, and they will all call you blessed.

Read

Isaiah 35

2023-06-16

e declare in accord with the scriptures: every sect, every tribe; every people group living here, every class; every age, and every village: all the peoples you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and glorify your name.

Read

Word, Wonders, Workers

2023-06-15

Lord, we declare today that every ruler and authority, every 'king' and 'queen', every billionaire and millionaire, and every politician and influencer: all will fall before you and declare that Jesus is Christ and Lord.

Read

Empowering Leaders

2023-06-14

Psalm 67:4 "Let the people be glad and sing for joy, for you judge all peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth"

Read

Priesthood of Believers

2023-06-13

Psalm 67:2 "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations."

Read

Prayer

2023-06-12

Psalm 47:8 "God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne."

Read

Groups, not Individuals

2023-06-11

Psalm 57:9 "I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to you among the people."

Read

Baptism

2023-06-10

Psalm 22:27 "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before you."

Read

Multiplication

2023-06-09

Psalm 22:28 "For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the peoples."

Read

Repentance

2023-06-08

Lord, all the peoples will remember you! All the sects will turn to You. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You, the Christ, are Lord and Savior, the hope for this region!

Read

Urgency and Desperation

2023-06-07

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!"

Read

Dreams and Visions

2023-06-06

With faith and confidence, we declare the Gospel of the Kingdom will spread throughout the nations of the Middle East and North Africa.

Read

5 Directions

2023-06-05

Middle East, live! Receive the breath of the Lord, the Spirit of the triune God. Be raised to life. Return and live. Be dead no longer; slumber no longer; be sick no more. Return to Life, and Live!

Read

Emerging Churches

2023-06-04

Holy is the Lord God Almighty; marvelous are your works; worthy is the Lamb of God in every city, district, municipality, town, and village of the Middle East/North Africa.

Read

GEHARP

2023-06-03

Lord, we declare: the time will come when You will heal the region's wounds, for its wounds are as deep as the sea, and You alone can heal them.

Read

Access

2023-06-02

Today, Father, we declare that all the sects and all the groups will become one in Christ, and they will all call you blessed.

Read

Isaiah 35

2023-06-01

e declare in accord with the scriptures: every sect, every tribe; every people group living here, every class; every age, and every village: all the peoples you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and glorify your name.

Read

Word, Wonders, Workers

2023-05-31

Lord, we declare today that every ruler and authority, every 'king' and 'queen', every billionaire and millionaire, and every politician and influencer: all will fall before you and declare that Jesus is Christ and Lord.

Read

Empowering Leaders

2023-05-30

Psalm 67:4 "Let the people be glad and sing for joy, for you judge all peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth"

Read

Priesthood of Believers

2023-05-29

Psalm 67:2 "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations."

Read

Prayer

2023-05-28

Psalm 47:8 "God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne."

Read

Groups, not Individuals

2023-05-27

Psalm 57:9 "I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to you among the people."

Read

Baptism

2023-05-26

Psalm 22:27 "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before you."

Read

Multiplication

2023-05-25

Psalm 22:28 "For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the peoples."

Read

Repentance

2023-05-24

Lord, all the peoples will remember you! All the sects will turn to You. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You, the Christ, are Lord and Savior, the hope for this region!

Read

Urgency and Desperation

2023-05-23

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!"

Read

Dreams and Visions

2023-05-22

With faith and confidence, we declare the Gospel of the Kingdom will spread throughout the nations of the Middle East and North Africa.

Read

5 Directions

2023-05-21

Middle East, live! Receive the breath of the Lord, the Spirit of the triune God. Be raised to life. Return and live. Be dead no longer; slumber no longer; be sick no more. Return to Life, and Live!

Read

Emerging Churches

2023-05-20

Holy is the Lord God Almighty; marvelous are your works; worthy is the Lamb of God in every city, district, municipality, town, and village of the Middle East/North Africa.

Read

GEHARP

2023-05-19

Lord, we declare: the time will come when You will heal the region's wounds, for its wounds are as deep as the sea, and You alone can heal them.

Read

Access

2023-05-18

Today, Father, we declare that all the sects and all the groups will become one in Christ, and they will all call you blessed.

Read

Isaiah 35

2023-05-17

e declare in accord with the scriptures: every sect, every tribe; every people group living here, every class; every age, and every village: all the peoples you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and glorify your name.

Read

Word, Wonders, Workers

2023-05-16

Lord, we declare today that every ruler and authority, every 'king' and 'queen', every billionaire and millionaire, and every politician and influencer: all will fall before you and declare that Jesus is Christ and Lord.

Read

Empowering Leaders

2023-05-15

Psalm 67:4 "Let the people be glad and sing for joy, for you judge all peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth"

Read

Priesthood of Believers

2023-05-14

Psalm 67:2 "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations."

Read

Prayer

2023-05-13

Psalm 47:8 "God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne."

Read

Groups, not Individuals

2023-05-12

Psalm 57:9 "I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to you among the people."

Read

Baptism

2023-05-11

Psalm 22:27 "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before you."

Read

Multiplication

2023-05-10

Psalm 22:28 "For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the peoples."

Read

Repentance

2023-05-09

Lord, all the peoples will remember you! All the sects will turn to You. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You, the Christ, are Lord and Savior, the hope for this region!

Read

Urgency and Desperation

2023-05-08

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!"

Read

Dreams and Visions

2023-05-07

With faith and confidence, we declare the Gospel of the Kingdom will spread throughout the nations of the Middle East and North Africa.

Read

5 Directions

2023-05-06

Middle East, live! Receive the breath of the Lord, the Spirit of the triune God. Be raised to life. Return and live. Be dead no longer; slumber no longer; be sick no more. Return to Life, and Live!

Read

Emerging Churches

2023-05-05

Holy is the Lord God Almighty; marvelous are your works; worthy is the Lamb of God in every city, district, municipality, town, and village of the Middle East/North Africa.

Read

GEHARP

2023-05-04

Lord, we declare: the time will come when You will heal the region's wounds, for its wounds are as deep as the sea, and You alone can heal them.

Read

Access

2023-05-03

Today, Father, we declare that all the sects and all the groups will become one in Christ, and they will all call you blessed.

Read