Multiplying Student Missional Communities: Discipleship Pursuit

The Great Commission doesn’t have an age attached to it.”

Gina Mueller

I read this quote from our friendmultiplying mcs real Gina Mueller on a guest blog post she wrote recently.  I love it for a number of reasons, but the main reason is that it addresses the need to help equip the next generation to live their lives as their mission.  This quote is a game-changer in the way we think about how we are using the few years we have with students.  It causes me assess whether or not I’m using the time I have (and my leaders have) with students to help them run with their passions that God has given them to be disciples that make disciples amongst other students – to commission them, right here, right now!

The reason we do Missional Communities (GoCommunities is our church language for MCs) for high school students is because we want to raise up a generation of students that tangibly knows what it looks like to disciple those around them through intentional community.  And this is why we look to multiply our Missional Communities.

                                                             

The last few posts have talked about our process of multiplying Missional Communities and this is the final post in this 4 part series – the Pursuit step of multiplication.  Feel free to read the posts on Passion, Prayer, and People.

At this point in the multiplication process the students that we are commissioning are clear on their passion, the people they feel called to, and the vision that God has given them.  The step of Pursuit is the commissioning of students to actually pursue what God is calling them to.  This is when the practicals, details, and rhythms get flushed out; while at the same time, making sure that the students you are commissioning keep God at the core and the people they are called to are the focus.

Here’s some of the practicals in the Pursuit step:

  • Mission/Vision – it’s important for each MC that we are multiplying out to have a specific Mission/Vision.  This is one of the practicals that each MC needs to have.  It helps students tell others what their MC is about in a short and sweet way, as well as, help them keep focused on why they are doing what they are doing.  Read Alex Absalom’s post on Mission/Vision here.
  • Rhythm – it’s crucial for each MC to have a rhythm.  One way for each MC to have a rhythm is to figure out what Come, Thrive, GO looks like for them.  Part of this CTG rhythm deals with what the structure of their time together will look like. The other part is the rhythm of when they will gather together, which includes location, days, times, etc.
  • Person of Peace – another part of the Pursuit step is for them to continue to develop their relationship with their PoP and the inclusion of them in the MC.

This is a fun process to be a part of as we get to commission students to go out and live their lives as their mission, in order to be disciples that make disciples.  This process of Passion, Prayer, People, and Pursuit is a journey of  celebration because we know that when the students get to the Pursuit step we are commissioning them to share their lives and Jesus with other students that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to impact!  We get to help students live out the Great Commission and be missionaries right where they are at.

If you have thoughts or questions about what it looks like to multiply Missional Communities we would love to talk with you about it.  There are probably some questions that have come up throughout these series of posts that we didn’t get address on here.  Feel free to comment on here, email, or contact us via social media.

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Multiplying Student Missional Communities: What It’s All About

“Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you.  Don’t move around from home to home.  Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide.  Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay.  If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you.  Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near  you now.'”

Luke 10:5-9

It’s all about people.  In Luke 10, when Jesusmultiplying MCs pEOPLE is sending the 72 disciples out, he is sending them to people.  The end goal of sending the disciples is to make more disciples – not to start a church program, or missional community, or new church.  Here’s the instructions he gives them:

  • Enter someone’s home
  • Don’t move around/stay in one home
  • Eating and drinking
  • Accepting hospitality
  • Heal the sick
  • Tell them the Kingdom of God is near

What’s the common denominator in each of the things that Jesus tells the disciples to do? People.  Each of the things that Jesus tells them to do involves being with people, relationships with people, serving people, sharing meals with people, consistency in relationships with people, telling them about Jesus.  It’s all about people.

This is important to remind your students and leaders as they get ready to multiply: it’s not about the Missional Community, it’s about the people God has put on their heart – to share life and the Gospel with them (1 Thess. 2:8).  The Missional Community is simply an effective vehicle that allows discipleship and mission to occur within a community context.

With that in mind, during the students’ process of prayer there will be friends and people that come to mind.  Ask them questions about the people that came to mind during their time of prayer.  Here’s a couple basic, but direct questions to ask:

  1. During your time of prayer, did specific friends or people at your school come to mind?
  2. Why did these people come to mind?

This will give insight into where their heart is, at the same time, reaffirm their passion.  Here’s how this would play out: if the students you are commissioning to multiply are on the high school basketball team and their passion is basketball, then the people that would come to mind during their step of prayer would be several of their friends on the basketball team.  It plays out like this because the people they are around most of the time and the people they care for are their friends that are on the same team and share the same passions as them.  So, when you ask them the question ‘why did these people come to mind?’ its becomes a question that is reaffirming to whom God is calling them to.

The next step in the People process, after they have identified the people that God has given them a heart for, is to help them see where they have favor among those people.  This is referred to as their Person of Peace.  Their Person of Peace will serve as a gatekeeper to help them reach those people that God has given them a heart for. Here is a great post from Alex Absalom on the Person of Peace.

The People step in the multiplication process is a fun and exciting step (I think all the steps are fun and exciting, though).  This step opens the doorway to the Person of Peace and gives birth to the Mission/Vision of the Missional Community (we will talk about this on the next post).  The multiplication process becomes real and tangible with this step.  However, the most important role that it plays is the reminder that it is all about People.  This step allows your students to focus on what the Missional Community is all about – disciples that make disciples.