VISION and GOAL: to provide training in order to plant at least 100 million new churches
in this generation around the globe
As an answer to many prayers to "fling out workers into the harvest" (Mt. 9:38), many believers are getting ready to become directly involved in bringing in God´s huge harvest of tomorrow. They are not really interested in harmless Christianity and mere membership in churches or organizations, but carry the vision to be as radical and effective as the first group of disciples in the early days of the Church. In Luke Chapter 10 Jesus commissions his disciples and "72 others" for the very first time to carry out a special mission: to find "houses of peace" and prepare the place for his coming. This prophetic launching or "flinging out laborers into the harvest" contains simple yet powerful principles and dynamics that have all too long been overlooked and replaced by inadequate human wisdom, theoretical orthodoxy, pastoral maintenance-mentality and hit-and-run evangelistic thinking. Today's world is full of "houses of peace" that will have to be discovered and filled with God´s presence through the planting of networks of house churches.
The goal of "Luke 10" is to implant and transmit an apostolic and prophetic virus: the spiritual genetical code of God´s apostolic passion for the lost, and the simple but profound ability to hear God´s voice and do what he says. It is designed both for brand-new believers as well as for older Christians who want to be refocused and equipped to be ardent, radical and healthy disciples of Jesus, who will be prepared to plant networks of housechurches that multiply rapidly like an epidemic movement, and so bring in the harvest. Housechurches was the main apostolic thrust in the historical beginnings of the church, and will again become God´s main instrument in the last days we are in.
The term "housechurches" stands for some of these values: organic, relationship-based, biblical, flat-structured, networked, round-the-clock radical discipleship, God´s solution to father the fatherless and to provide a spiritual home for the billions of people who are spiritually homeless. This means that "housechurches" neither need to happen in church buildings or in real houses, but will emerge as spiritual families wherever the "center of gravity" of life happens to be. Housechurches can, therefore, happen in hotels, bars, discos, McDonalds, the street, under a tree, schools, offices, businesses, and yes, even in real houses, villas, apartments, nursing homes, a slum hut or a Mongolian tent. Wherever people live and spend most of their time, God wants to move in and live amongst them, change their life, make them part of his mission and send them out to disciple the nations.
Back to apostolic teaching
There has been a dramatic and very effective absence of apostolic and prophetic ministries in the past centuries. Although God has sent many apostles and prophets at all times (Lk. 11:48), these "missionaries and visionaries" have been routinely sidelined, persecuted or killed by the religious establishment. Many times they have simply been ignored, downplayed, under funded, or actively persecuted through slander, jealousy and hatred, and had to go through unimaginable loneliness, agony and suffering, participating in the very mission of Jesus, while the church around them became complacent, self-centered, programme-based, institutionalized, fragmented into little empires and denominations, and impotent to participate in God´s apostolic purposes.
The immense vacuum created by the absence of apostolic teaching has led to an overabundance of weak substitutes, especially pastoral, theological and evangelistic influences and teachings that where never intended by God to lay foundations, but to built on them (Eph. 2:20). If walls are used as foundations, the results is confusion, instability as the result of a lack of a sound foundation, seemingly unsolvable conflicts, and simply unpractical and definitely unstrategic ideas and practices. This led to an overabundance of non-apostolic and un-prophetic Christian programmes, methods, churches and even training methods, that reflected only a part of what God really intended to communicate, and misplaced a huge amount of time and resources at any feet except the apostle's (Acts 4:36).
However, as the early disciples "exposed themselves intently to apostolic teaching" (Acts 2:42), and, just like their master, knew how to listen to God´s voice and do what he says, at this time in history, we are all called back to this apostolic and prophetic dimension of discipleship, without which there will be no real hope for a world without Christ. We live in a time of one of the largest apostolic and prophetic reformations the world has experienced, and the first step for those ministries will have to be to "equip the saints for ministry" again (Eph. 4:11-13).
Nature and Values
- " If people do not come to church, we need to bring the church to the people - by the millions. "Luke 10" exists to prepare workers to catch that apostolic and prophetic vision - and live it.
- "Luke 10" consists of 10 modules of half-weekends which will last 2 1/2 to 3 months. This is to ensure that everyone can participate in this training without leaving his work.
- " KISS: keep it simple and short. Much of today's academic training "teaches a lot and let them practice a little". Jesus was doing the very opposite: "Teach them a little, let them practice a lot." Most of the teachings of Jesus where very simple, short but yet very powerful and lifechanging.
- " Kingdom, not empire: The nature of the training is regional or local, and does not exist to promote any denominational or Para church interests. The training will therefore take on a local or regional flavor and express the cultural values of the area.
- " The outcome (more housechurches) is built into the process, that is why the training is arranged in "temporary housechurches" (up to 12 members in number) that form a spiritual family, eat together, share their lives and learn together, being committed to each other and the values of the Kingdom, and h
- " The nature of "Luke 10" will not be to cover study-areas or provide more academic training, but infecting disciples with a disciples lifestyle, a virus, an apostolic DNA, and teaches mainly values, skills and experiences, not topics and subjects.
- " Most of the training will be done by servants of Jesus who are entrusted with one of the 5-fold ministry gifts (Eph. 4:11-13) and know they are complementing, not competing with others.
- " Through a dynamic and participatory training style, sharing lives and questions and answers the training will strive to consist of "teachable moments" like a string of pearls following each other, and seek a quick learning curve rather than the foreseeable boredom of participating in fixed non-participatory programmes.
- " Multiplication is essential: in addition to participating in "Luke 10", every disciple is requested to pass on what he has learnt to at least 5-10 people each week, proving that he receives blessings in order to bless others, and has captured the essence of 2.Tim 2:2.
- " There will be practical assignments and homework: rearrange life, teach others (see above), as well as deeper study and backup through further teaching through videos, tapes, books, articles etc.
10 Key Elements of "Luke 10"
1. Apostolic conversion
Conversion must again be experienced not as a mere agreement on theological doctrines or happen in simple "pray after me"-prayers and raise-your-hands-moments, but as a radical and profound change of allegiance and ownership from Self to Jesus. God has gone out of his way not just to touch and bless us, but to literally and radically deliver us from sin and evil, a hell bound, self-centered life that brings glory to the flesh, not to God. From the very first moments of our lives as disciples, holiness, self-denial, humility, servant hood and the carrying of the cross must become our hallmarks. After a life changing encounter with Jesus, we need to be ready to sell everything for the pearl of great price, and remain or become radical in our commitment to our Lord. The result is a changed life, not a changed set of religious opinion; people dead to themselves and their ambitions, but ready to be commissioned into Gods plan and dream. Without a deep conversion, discipleship and church will become a shallow religious process. A radical start, however, will provide the right first step for radical, lifelong discipleship.
Baptism typically happened at the same day a person converted to follow Jesus. The only exceptions in the NT are Paul - who took three days after his conversion - and the robber crucified with Jesus, who simply could not get baptized for a very obvious reason. Baptism functions as a first step of obvious obedience to our new Lord, a radical initiation into a new life and a clear symbol to be dead to our own self through the cross of Jesus. As new disciples we need to learn to say like the Ethiopian man: "Here is water", (Acts 8.38) and be prepared to baptize many others as part of the Great Commission.
3. Filled with the Holy Spirit
Peter answered at the day of Pentecost: "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit". All this obviously happened the same day. As a new disciple comes out of the water of baptism, he needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit right away. There is no need to live only 5 minutes in the power of the old Self. The Holy Spirit teaches us, reminds us, gives peace, convicts of guilt and sin (John 14-16), and also empowers us to selfless no-name service, to do the works of the father without glory to our own name. Beyond that, he fills us with love, and enables us to minister in the supernatural power-dimension of himself, so that we can see and interpret dreams and visions, heal the sick, cast out demons, or even raise the dead and do whatever God wants us to do.
4. Incorporation into the church
Acts 2:47: "That day 3.000 where added to their number". A disciple does not live and truly enjoy an individualistic lifestyle, but becomes "added", a part of the family of God, the church. Either he joins an existing or emerging church in someone else's house (or life), or opens his own house to let Jesus live there from now on. Sharing life, a communal lifestyle, becoming and being part of God´s family and be a covenant person restores the church dimension in us and prepares us to become church planters. Many Christians have tried unsuccessfully to be disciples in an out-of-body-experience (without the church, the body of Christ), and need to learn to reconcile and become a significant part of a local body of believers. As we learn to be converted to Jesus, the head of the church, converted to each other, the church, we stop being an "I", and start becoming a "we", part of a vessel which God can commission to be converted to the world in ministry and service.
5. Clean start
A new future starts with a clean and reconciled past. Too many Christians are "wounded warriors", confused, bleeding and weak, and stay so for many unproductive and self-centered years, unable to be useful for the tasks of our Master. Many Christians will need to undergo a "washing machine" experience to clear up the past, since many come from broken families and relationships, occult involvement, religious confusion and bondage, a life in sexual or financial immorality, and need to be cleaned through repentance, bringing back stolen goods, reconciliation, healing, forgiveness, exorcism, the breaking of generational curses, counseling, etc. Open wounds need to be dressed, traumas healed, persecutors forgiven, wrong teachings overcome. This happens through love, acceptance and forgiveness, deliverance ministry and experiencing God´s undeserving grace personally. Only then does it make sense to truly begin working and lay.
6. Apostolic Foundations
From our spiritual birth on we become part of God´s Mission, God´s apostolic agenda. It is His clear purpose to see all nations discipled. Instead of living a life continuously asking God to solve our next problem, we need to learn to become part of God´s purposes; to do what He is blessing, rather than ask Him to bless what we are doing (Matth. 6:33). We need to catch his apostolic breath to be sent on a lifelong mission, to be blessed in order to bless others. It must become part of our bone and marrow to be utterly jealous for the purposes of God and His glory, so that Jesus can truly continue His mission through us. The book of Matthew is Jesus´ own way of laying apostolic foundations in 5 teaching segments, starting with the most famous sermon on earth, the sermon on the mount (chapter 5-7). This part of the training will focus on "apostolic milk" (as in Hebr. 6:1-4), and essentials like hearing God´s voice and learning to obey, reading God´s word, prayer, and other foundational kingdom values.
7. Financial conversion
Since everyone born into this world becomes at least initially part of this world's fallen and demonically empowered economic system and worldview run by Mammon, people need to be literally delivered from the dominating financial principles of materialism, greed, jealousy, coveting and making money their false security or power-base. If anyone on earth, it will be the disciples of Jesus who need to show to the world that God, not money is the determining factor in life. Jesus gave us a crossroads: "You cannot serve God or money" (Matth. 6:24). The early disciples had learnt to crucify the spirit of materialism head on, sharing their lives and possessions with each other and those in need, and learnt to go into the harvest "with no money in their belts" (Matth. 10:9). Disciples will learn that "the resources are in the harvest," and discover how to break away from our dramatic limitation of trusting God (but only as far as comforting money is in the bank). Financial conversion is a willful breaking with the world's financial principles and embracing a New Testament financial habit to experience that it is more blessed to give than to receive. With a sound financial conversion the planting of millions of churches will not remain handcuffed and financially restrained forever, because the disciples have broken loose into financial liberty, not to fulfill their own private dream any more, but becoming part of God´s dream.
8. Gifts and callings
God is not sending out stereotypes, but equips each one of us individually to help us fulfill God´s purposes through our lives. Disciples will learn how to appreciate and value the different giftings and callings in each other, how to function as a team and church with different gifts, and how to use Gods tools to build his house for his glory. Through observation, prayer, prophecy and testing each others fruits we will discover the passion, spiritual gifts and callings for each one, and some may even be called and prepared for itinerant equipping ministries (Eph. 4:11) in the future. Our value as disciples is that we are loved children of God, sitting with Jesus at the right hand of God in great authority, and that we are enabled and empowered by the Holy Spirit through his gifts, passion and ministries to make a significant and extremely valuable contribution in His Kingdom. It is not the dramatic and public ministries that count, but the meek obedience and sincerity of heart with the very talents that God has chosen to give us. Every single disciple should hear that beautiful sentence one we stand before God´s great throne: "Well done, my faithful servant."
9. Discipling others
Being a disciple ourselves is one thing, making others to be disciples is the next. Under the influence of Greek classroom-style teaching Christians became the students of professors (or teaching pastors) mastering subjects. Today we need to discover again the Hebraic model of being disciples of masters, who will help us to change our lives through their example. We need to learn not only to disciple people one-on-one, but to disciple whole groups, streets, gangs, villages, towns, cities, people groups and nations. In Israel there are two great bodies of water: Lake Genezareth and the Dead Sea. The key difference is that one has an inflow and an outflow (the river Jordan), the other only an inflow. The Dead Sea receives and receives, with not output, and has become a worldwide symbol of dying by receiving too much blessing - and not giving it away. We will learn the difference between Christian fans and disciples, and prepare others to carry their cross, be ready to bear disadvantage and sufferings for Jesus, to practice 2.Tim. 2:2. We will also capture the prophetic heartbeat to lay down our lives for the next generation by giving them our fatherly and motherly hearts, so that they will be able to step into God´s calling and purposes by standing on the shoulders of those who will cherish them and pray for them to overtake them left and right, to do "even greater things" and excel in serving our Lord and His purposes.
10. Planting networks of churches
Jesus has instructed and commissioned his disciples to go and find "houses of peace" that are open for the gospel of the Kingdom because God has already prepared them. The disciples where to move in and to establish His presence by sharing lives for a short while with those ready to receive the Kingdom (Lk. 10:7). In the early days this became the main way of starting churches, the family of God on earth, and it will again be so a the end of time: workers will go out 2 by 2, and rather than inviting people to join their church, they literally bring the church to the people by planting it into households and groups that would be open for it. This segment will train disciples how to do this in the many culturally appropriate ways necessary today. The goal is to see "a shopping window of God in walking distance of every person on the globe", to see a church emerge like a virus in every possible and seemingly impossible pocket of people on earth, and to saturate our villages, cities, regions, nations, language and age groups with churches that from their very start will carry a genetical code within them: to reproduce and plant more churches that in return will also plant churches, until the world is full of them, and God´s glory covers the earth like water the sea.
Expected outcome of Luke 10
- The goal of "Luke 10" is to provide a proliferating and regionally accessible model of training for millions of disciples to participate in God´s apostolic purposes for our time and planet and plant quality churches that disciple both neighborhoods and nations.
- Multiplication: Not only will 50 train 250 or 500, but the course will repeat itself up to 4 times a year allowing people to join every 3 months.
- Within the next 5 years, we expect this or a similar training to be available in 100 nations.
- It is a practical form of training the essentials of "missional ecclesioloy", a practical (re-) laying of an apostolic and prophetic foundation of the church (Eph. 2:20), in order to communicate a spiritual DNA that prepares and "flings out workers for the harvest". The expected outcome is a sound foundation and quality change in the churchplanters of the future.
- "Luke 10" will serve as a quick launching process for new disciples to participate in the harvest.
- A very practical outcome is the actual planting of churches as the direct consequence of each training course. A minimum of 5 new churches per course seems realistic.
- Last, the practical recruiting and commissioning of disciples into churchplanting by identifying and assigning those who
1. need more time and cannot participate realistically at this time.
2. can be participating workers with someone who takes initiative
3. are initiators, those who take proactive steps and take others with them
4. are already showing (or are emerging into) a Five-fold ministry
Those out of group 4 will be assigned to become disciples of people in their region who are matured in the specific ministry they are obviously called to themselves, enabling future apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists and pastors to be discipled and trained on the job by those experientially ahead of them, allowing for a steep learning curve and a quick propelling of people into the ministries and calling God has issued for them.
Each participant is required to have read Wolfgang Simson "Houses that change the world" and the small book of Chris Daza: "Humility - Gods key for revival". We will pointed on other material during the course.
If you are interested in setting up "Luke 10" in your area, contact Wolfgang Simson, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO: participants can be new believers to mature Christians, who are ready to participate in the complete course, have a good Christian reputation by others and who are willing not only to learn but to learn how to teach others.
TIME: 10 half-weekends starting with dinner Friday 7 PM until 10 PM, and Saturday from breakfast until 12 PM. This whole process will take between 2 1/2 and 3 months and will be finished with a time of personal evaluation and assignment for future ministry.
SIZE: Participants are grouped into a number of up to 7 temporary "housechurches" of about 12 people, who participate in the training together.
WHERE: Can be executed where 3 things gather mandate, trainer's team, participant.
Teacher: 5falt- service of the respective region, supports from Chris Daza, Wolfgang Simson and others
Finances: Dynamic cost sharing; every participant pays 3 x 10% of his monthly income for altogether 3 months to course time. This makes the course for each affordable, however, teaches at the same moment all participants to divide a fair and substantial amount with their teachers (Lukas 10,7).