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The math behind No Place Left’s disciple-making movement
What happens when God places His heart for the lost in us and directs us from the model He sets forth in the Book of Acts? The result will be “No Place Left”. It’s no wonder, then, that No Place Left (NPL) is seeing the Holy Spirit move in unprecedented ways.
Those involved in this organic move of God are not solving a complex equation. They are using biblical math empowered by the Holy Spirit. The formula is simple: invest relationally in a few—over and over again. The result is more than addition; it’s multiplication.
The long-term vision of this movement mirrors Paul’s statement in Romans 15:23(a) (paraphrased), “But now there is no more place for me to work in these regions.”
When put into action, the ministry’s impact permeates churches, the local community and reaches the nations. Last year, local NPL leader Nathan Clark and seven others shared the gospel in a couple of different homes each week. They ended up visiting more than 1,500 homes. Hundreds gave their lives to Christ. “Imagine if 100 groups did what we did,” says Nathan.
The long-term vision of this movement mirrors Paul’s statement in Romans 15:23(a) where he states (paraphrased), “But now there is no more place for me to work in these regions and I am moving on.”
Someday, NPL believes, that job will be done—and there will be no place left on earth where the name of Jesus is still unknown. NPL intends to continue the task through global disciple-making and church-planting movements. “We equip the body of Christ to be confident and create more disciples,” says John Williams, NPL advocate and Church Planter at E3 Partners.
Simple, biblical and reproducible tools are the heart of NPL’s mission. NPL tools encourage Christians to build deep relationships and share Christ with a few other people. The goal is that those few will duplicate the process again and again.
Kirk Freeman, Senior Pastor at CrossBridge Community Church, experienced an awakening when studying 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
“I was doing everything but making disciples who could make other disciples,” says Kirk. “We teach about it a lot, but the gap between teaching it and actually doing it is huge.” The NPL principles gave Kirk the tools, opportunities and language to translate what had been missing. Now, Kirk takes other local pastors under his wing. “San Antonio is the ninth largest city in the nation,” says Kirk. “If we could help every pastor do the work, we could bring far more resources to the table and reach even further.”
John and Janelle Williams, E3 ministry missionaries, have applied the NPL vision, principles and tools both locally and globally. As a result, NPL is now reaching more than 50 cities in the U.S. and 65 countries. As strategy leaders for the NPL team in Uganda and South Sudan, they have seen the beginnings of a significant church planting movement in Africa. The country establishes 900 house churches every year.
Experiencing Jesus in different cultures has given the team a heart for the nations. “It’s indescribable and transformational. It brings the process to life,” says fellow CrossBridge Pastor Shawn Sullivan. Referring to the New Testament stories of the early thriving churches, he says, “It’s truly like walking in the Book of Acts.”
NPL’s compounding effect has been demonstrated and underscored in recent months, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. While other local churches and businesses struggled and adjusted to working and reaching people remotely, NPL operations never ceased. In fact, by already being decentralized, the movement continued to mobilize as it always had. “We were ready for a crisis,” says John. “From persecution to taxation to a pandemic, we must be poised to use every scenario that can and will happen—no matter how intense—as an opportunity to equip our disciple-makers.”
As the world changed dramatically, NPL teams stepped forward, seeing an opportunity to multiply the work. In the weeks following the U.S. outbreak, the NPL team was able to host The No Place Left Global Summit, a virtual conference with more than 4,000 attendees around the world. They also worked quickly within their interconnected network to raise funds and supply one month’s worth of food for 1,000 refugees and residents that were forced in place in Uganda. As travel remains limited and uncertain, the team is also developing a virtual mission trip package in Uganda. The opportunity will allow participants to invest in the efforts of local Ugandan disciple-makers, which are estimated to reach approximately 1,000 people and plant 20 house churches in the country weekly. Anyone interested in learning more about the virtual Uganda mission trip should contact John at email@example.com.
By creating strong mentorships with a few, NPL is creating more “Timothies” every day. Committed to completing the disciple-making task geographically, Shawn adds, “We believe God has ordained this moment to break through barriers and connect with strangers across the world.”
This unprecedented move of God is to see all the nations hear and churches formed within walking distance of one another. It’s amazing what the Holy Spirit can do with surrendered hearts and a willingness to listen to His direction.
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Visit. Attend or host a No Place Left training and become a disciple and disciple maker. Go. Join an international team to go global to see the nations reached. Free resources. Visit www.e3partners.org/training to find tools and resources. Give. NPL is fertile soil. Provide consistent and recurring funds, time and space to the movement. Contact John Williams for details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pray. Ask for agape love to permeate every conversation about Christ. Ask if you or your church are to step out and join an upcoming training.