Feb 14 2014

All Stirred Up…. beyond cabin fever. AppSMM core and a great book

I wanted to send along a link to a book that you might really enjoy….http://amzn.to/1cEf6PF.

I think you will really, really like the book, “Miraculous Movements” by Jerry Trousdale. A short read. Lots of meat and not much bone to spit out. Good stuff.
We plan on taking the core lessons from these folks -veterans of the missions church planting movements explosion of the last decade- and use them as a core short-course for an early AppSMM (Appalachian School of Ministry and Missions) module. We plan to jump into AppSMM in early April.

At AppSMM there are perhaps three issues are at core of what we want to impart and change:
**The culture we carry as Christians in America... and what attitudes we really engender in our local fellowships and communities. Parsing and understanding the gaps in our theology and religious cultures… and changing behaviors in obedience to

We carry the glory in some unconventional ways! Coffee & the Kingdom!

We carry the glory in some unconventional ways! Coffee & the Kingdom! “New wine, new wineskins,eh?”

our ‘theology’,
**Re-thinking and re-vamping how we make disciple-making disciples. Attaining simplicity, reproducibility, and sustainability in following Jesus,
** Living like real Trinitarians; living and breathing in unison with and in the strength of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

The core of “Miraculous Movements” is about disciple-making … in this case ‘wrapped’ in the wonderful illustrative stories around Muslim cultures. The central tenets of the same disciple making movements are at the core of the training that Becky and i went through back in 2008-9, led by Dave Watson of CityTeam.
DMM (disciplemaking movements) and CPM (church planting movements) are becoming somewhat interchangable terms within the ‘doing’ community.
Meniscus’ mission is to both engage in,and train in, the disciple-making and the access ministry (compassion, mercy, community development, social justice,disaster relief) that serves as a sign and a wonder and an authentic healing/mercy/grace caring for the local community.
That perspective on the role of the Church is the grid through which Meniscus views missions, Church, the ‘home front’ faith-based social justice/helping hand and equipping role of the local church, as well as the maturing of followers of Jesus Christ.

Probably more than you want to know, but there is my ‘brain-dump’ for the day. Guess the passion has to leak out on Valentines Day, eh?
Scott