How You and Your Friends Can Mobilize a Missional Movement

2013 RightNow Conference


Dave Ferguson is the Senior Pastor at Community Christian Church in Chicago, where they have instituted an innovative multi-site planting approach to multiplication. New Thing is the church's initiative for planting new churches and has started more than 150 congregations all over the world in addition to more than a dozen in the Chicago area. The church takes Jesus' command to be witnesses to the ends of the earth very seriously. In this message Dave explains how they work to obey Christ in this regard.


Acts 1:8 (ESV)

8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



The Three Movement Making Maxims

  1. Utilize Apprenticeship
  2. Growth Is not about Size, but Leader Readiness
  3. Ordain Every Christ Follower

How do you handle apprenticeship? What newer Christians are already in your life, and how are you currently investing in them? How do you help him or her learn to lead and walk with the Lord like you do? What do they see in your example?
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Do you think you would prefer more of a standard than Dave's simple rule, "You think you're ready, and I think you're ready"? How would you determine readiness of your apprentice if you were the same situation that Dave has described with his?
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What is your biggest hesitation to ordain everyone? What does this standard say about Dave's use of the practice of ordination?
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Considering your answer to the question above, do you think widespread ordination is a good idea for your congregation or not? Explain your answer and for what purpose you would be ordaining people.
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Can you identify two or three locations in your town or city that would benefit from a localized fellowship? What about in the next town over? Do you feel that God is calling you to one of these places now?
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One of the wonderful things about Community Christian Church's model is the faith that it requires of the church leadership. They have taken a lot of control out of their own hands and trusted the Lord to bless the mission of their people. Over the next weeks and months, prayerfully continue to consider what you have written here and learned from Dave. What can your church, or just you and your friends, do to start a missional movement in your city?