Prayer: “Teach us and our co-workers to honour you and give reliable reports to our leaders and sponsors, as the apostles did.”
1. Prepare Your Heart and Mind with God’s Word.
Find in Exodus chapter 18, how Moses was able to lead and keep track of thousands of households.
[Answer: Moses appointed leaders of 1000s, 100s, 50s and tens of households. These did most of the leading and teaching, while Moses handled only hard matters.]
Find in Matthew 9:35-10:13; Mark 6:7-12 & 30, Luke 9:1-6 & 10; and Luke 10:1-9 & 17, how Jesus mentored and kept track of his apostles work.
[Answer: (1) Jesus appointed and empowered old and new workers. (2) These prayed to get more labourers. (3) Jesus planned with them their where to go, what to do, what to say. (4) Jesus listened to their reports and stories from what they had said and done.]
Find in the Book of Acts, the kinds
of information that the apostles tracked. See Acts 2:41-42,
[Answers: The apostles counted and tracked numbers of baptisms,, new disciples and churches increased or multiplied; and when social classes, cities and regions received the Word of God. This information helped them plan where to send workers.]
Find in 2 Timothy 2:1-2 who many generations of workers that Paul and Timothy tracked in their training work. Find in the Epistle to the Colossians, the names of places and or workers that Paul kept track of while Timothy was at Ephesus.]
[Answers: Paul kept track of apprentice workers to their third generation. He was able to name Timothy, Epiphras, Archippus, Nympha and others who worked at Ephesus, Collosae, Laodicea and Hieropolis.]
Find in Acts 2:37-47 the activities of a normal, healthy church. Such activities flow from commandments that Jesus gave.
[Answers: This passage contains some twenty-one activities that fulfill commandments of Jesus. For examples: Repent, baptize, teach, pray and so forth.]
2. Diagram the cells and congregations that you and your co-workers have started.
Have all workers draw diagrams of generational relations between their churches and cells, along with trainers and apprentice shepherds. Have them draw circles on paper, Each circle representing a church or a cell. Connect the circles with lines, showing mother churches with their daughter and grand-daughter churches. For example:
Above each circle, write the name of the place where the church or cell meets, and write the month and year on which the church or cell began to meet. Beneath each circle, draw symbols that show the kinds of activities that a church or cell has begun to practice. Such symbols may look like these:
Inside each circle, write numbers that show how many persons are in the church or cell.
A = Number of adult attenders
B = Number of baptised believers
C = Number of children and youth
D = Number of those who have died or departed from the church or cell
Beside each circle, write how many generations from the mother church or cell: 1, 2, 3 and so forth.
If a shepherd or elder has been appointed in a church or cell, then draw a stick-man beside the circle, and write the shepherd’s name near the stick-man. For example:
A complete church or cell drawing might look like this:
Afterwards, transfer all this information to a report form like this one:
3. Plan with your co-workers to track all new cells and congregations.
Draw such diagrams for all new cells and congregations, and transfer the same information to Church and Cell Report forms. From these forms, you can analyze and report on your church-planting and disciple-making progress.
From this information, you can also plan to strengthen cells and churches, till they have begun obeying the commandments of Jesus that you teach them. You can also plan where to send new workers to start new cells and congregations.
Share your reports with other ministry leaders. This will both encourage them and help them to make similar diagrams and similar ministry plans. If your ministry have sponsors who share finances and training with you and your co-workers, then share the reports with them, too.
An actual five-generation church-planting map.
4. Plan with co-workers activities for the upcoming worship time
Choose activities that fit current needs and local customs.
Tell the story of how Paul and Timothy, while they were at Ephesus, saw new churches start in Colossae and beyond, and how the Lord raised up new leaders at each place.
Explain how that story matches Paul instruction from 2 Timothy 2:2.
Show the diagrams that you and your co-workers have drawn, and share the information that you gathered from them.