Sunday, March 25, 2012

Basic training in organic church life

Registration is open for two LK10 Courses.

Foundations One:  This is a six week virtual learning community covering the basic values and practices of organic church life.  In the video below, Sean Hyatt, who will be leading the course, explains what is involved.  This class begins on April 2nd and is limited to the first 15 registrations.  Cost: $100 for individuals.  $150 for couples.  See column to the right for more information and to register.

Foundations Two:  This is also a six week virtual learning community which goes deeper into the basic values and practices of organic church life.  The course will be led by Walt Hastings.  It begins on April 22nd and is limited to the first 15 registrations.  Cost:  $100 for individuals.  $150 for couples.  Prerequisite for Foundations Two is the completion of Foundations One.  See column to the right to register.

Each Foundation Course takes place in the context of a small "learning community" (6 to 15 people) called a cohort.  The Course lasts for six weeks.  Here are the key elements...

1.  Weekly learning assignments.  Articles to read and videos to watch that explain "foundational" practices and the Biblical basis. 
2.  CO2 (Church of Two).  This might be a married couple or two men or two women.  For six weeks, you will practice key rhythms daily with this one other person.  Our conviction is that the CO2 is the basic building block of all larger expressions of church.  We are following Jesus' model of putting people in pairs (Mt. 10) and sending them out together.  For more information on the CO2, see the CO2 video and flyer in the right column of this site.
3.  Online Forum (Facebook Group, etc).  Regular posting to a forum where you discuss insights, comments, experiences, questions with the rest of your cohort.
4.  Individual Coaching Appointments with the leader of your cohort.  At least two one-on-one sessions during the Course.  We want you to experience the value of this kind of coaching.
5.  Conference calls with your cohort.  At least two calls with your cohort during the Course to share comments, experiences and questions with the rest of your cohort.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

10:2b Virus Spreading to African Leaders

What's the key to CPMs (Church Planting Movements)?

Humanly, the answer is "leaders".  Effective leaders are required for healthy churches to be planted.

Where do those leaders come from?

Only one place.  They are sent out by the Lord of the harvest.

What's our part?

To do what Jesus commanded and "Beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out those leaders".

This has come to be known as "The 10:2b Prayer" and it's spreading around the world like a benevolent virus.

In this video, Hugh Brandt shares the 10:2b Prayer with leaders of Campus Crusade in Africa.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Church is changing!

A couple of weeks, ago I shared with you these important quotes from a recent article in The Huffington Post (of all places!)…

Something startling is happening in American religion:  We are witnessing the end of church or, at the very least, the end of conventional church.  The United States is fast becoming a society where Christianity is being reorganized after religion.

But there is good news in this article…

But nearly half of Americans appear to hope for a spiritual reformation – even revolution…  there is a grassroots desire for new kinds of faith communities, where institutional structures do not inhibit or impede ones relationship with God or neighbor.

And that’s where LK10 comes in.  Our mission is to train people for these “new kinds of faith communities”.

One of the main ways we do this is through the Foundation Courses.  These Courses teach a new paradigm of church in the context of a vital learning community.

If you haven’t been in one of these Courses yet, you can get a good picture of what it’s like from this interview with Sean Hyatt