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Great Missional Community Resource: Soma Fast Track Training

I’ve learned a whole heck of a lot from Soma Communities, on Church Planting, Sharing the Gospel, and missional communities that we are implementing in the creation of The Exchange Community in Jackson, Mo.  Recently Soma did a fast track training for their missional community leaders.  This is some great material to go through if you’re leading a missional community or are interested in starting a missional community

Here’s the links to Soma’s Fast Track Training Audio/Video and their notes:

1. The Story of God // Caesar Kalinowski

The Story of God Training Videos One & Two

2. Vision for Missional Communities // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

3. Gospel, Power & Purpose // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

4. Gospel DNA // Jeff Vanderstelt & Abe Meysenburg 

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

5. Gospel in Everyday Rhythms // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

6. Gospel Fluency // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

7. Creating a Disciple-Making Enviroment // Jeff Vanderstelt

Notes & Assignments

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

8. Gospel Shepherding // Abe Meysenburg 

DNA Guide // Your Story, God’s Story

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

9. Missional Community Covenant // Jeff Vanderstelt  

MC Covenant Example

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

10.  Spirit Led Life // Jeff Vanderstelt 

Notes & Assignments 

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

Session 3 Audio

11.  Spiritual Warfare // Jeff Vanderstelt

Session 1 Audio

Session 2 Audio

Here’s a link to all of their materials

Picture found here along with the post: Ten Reasons Missional Communities Fail

GCM Conference Audio 2012

 

For two years in a row we’ve been taking a group from our church plant down to Summitcrossing Community Church in Huntsville, Alabama, for the GCM Conference.  GCM stands for Gospel Communities on Mission.  GCM is maybe the best place to get information from practitioners on Missional Communities.  These people live and breath what others just theorize the life of discipleship could be like.  I encourage you to listen to all of the teachings below.  For more information go to GCM’s website for a lot of free resources or join the collective and ask all your questions on their very active forum.

 

 

Also check out GCM Conference Audio 2011

Two Ways of Viewing Mission

This is a great (and short) video from Caesar Kalinowski on two ways of viewing mission: Proactive vs. Reactive Mission.

What is your Missional Community’s Proactive Mission?

What reactive Mission opportunities is God revealing to you as well?

 

Go to the GCM Collective’s website and check out the great illustration that Seth McBee made to illustrate the difference between proactive and reactive mission.

Missional Training #15 – The Importance of Showing the Gospel Through Service

In this Short 3 Minute Video below, Jeff and Caesar talk about how to make disciples.  What they have to say is really important to starting, sustaining, and growing Missional Communities. 

We’ve spoken before about inviting people into our lives before we invite them to our churches or to our MCs.  Jeff and Caesar encourage us to invite them into the life of the disciple before they even become committed followers of Jesus. 

  1. Why is it important to connect our acts of service to the people who we’re making disciples of? 
  2. How does leading people in the ways that Jesus tells us to help open the doors to Gospel Conversations?
  3. How are you and your MC serving the unchurched around you and serving with the unchurched around you? 
  4. Think of the neighborhoods, the people groups, the organizations in which your prospects live, work, and interact.  How can you serve in those contexts and how can you invite others along?

Missional Training #10 – Preparing to Lead the Story Formed Way

Story has a way of engaging us and getting past the intellect by speaking the the heart.  We’re all story formed.  The music, movies, tv shows, and books we like shape and form our beleifs.  Story Sticks.  A good story will be remembered far longer than any sermon, speech, or discussion. 

At our church plant, The Story Formed Way, from Caesar Kalinowski and Mike Novelli will be our main discipleship tool to teach the biblical story and theology.  I’ve brought my core group through the first few lessons.  Currently, we have a few members who are reading the Story and leading the dialogue for the first time.  The questions below are meant to help my core group process the video, however, anyone is welcome to leave a comment below.

Check out this video from Echo The Story:

  • What  are some helpful things he said that could encourage interaction of even unchurched people in the Story?
  • I’ve known some people who think they’ve heard or read bible stories before so they have nothing left to learn.  Is this true?  Have you ever read an old familiar story in scripture and have it speak to you as if you heard if for the first time?  What made it fresh for you?
  • What does it mean that God’s word is living and active?  Can God speak to and through all of us? 
  • What is imaginative listening?  How do you think this could give you a fresh hearing of God’s word? 

Caesar Kalinowski suggests beginning each week by reminding people that their input is important to the dialogue after the reading of the Story.  He reminds them that the dialogue is like a potluck or buffett.  A buffett with only a few options isn’t much of a buffett.  What make a meal like this is the rich variety of foods.  Likewise, the dialogue with the story is the same.  It’s not great if only one or two people are talking.  What makes it is the full rich variety of voices and opinions.  Every person adds a unique flavor when they give their perspectives and thoughts on the story. 

The above video above is one of many videos that come with Mike Novelli’s book Shaped By The Story

For my Core Group, Please read  The Gospel-Centred Life, Chapter 10, “Relationships.” 

Resources

Also Check out Missional Training #6 – The Need For Story

Missional Training #6 – The Need for Story

Caesar Kalinowski, of Soma Communities, shares how story is the main vehicle through which we learn.  He introduces us to sharing the bible through storytelling.  Watch the following video.  Consider the questions below as you watch. 

Also, If you’d like some additional information on storying, Caesar has compiled some related notes through his Story of God Training, which roughly follows the video.  It may help in retention of this teaching.

  1. What is the value of knowing the Story?
  2. Caesar read a quote from Stephen Shoemaker, “Our lives must find their place in some greater story, or it will find itself in some lesser story.”  What do you think that means?  What lesser stories have you put your life in?  What lesser stories are the people around you living in?
  3. Caesar said “Stories encourage community and communities encourage stories.” 
  4. How do stories change worldview? 
  5. What were some of the facts that you found interesting about the way people learn?
  6. Why do we need spread the bible through Story? 
  7. What’s the difference between dialogue and Q&A?

For my Core group, Continue with reading The Gospel-Centred Life, Chapter 6, look back to the Cross. Read it,  meditate on it, and live it.  We’ll talk about it the 29th.

Missional training #3 – Jeff & Caesar on Missional Communities

Since I’ll be in Joplin next week with Camp Noah, I’ve given you a longer video to watch. This is from Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski from Soma Communities.  Watch the video below and consider the questions to help you process what you hear.

  1. Apologetics are a systematic defence of doctrine usually concerning the truth and validity and reliability of the Christian story, especially the resurrection.  According to Jeff, What is the strongest apologetic for the Gospel?
  2. What are our four identities as Christians according to Caesar?
  3. What does it mean that “Our being proceeds our doing”?
  4. What’s the danger of seeing Missional communities as primarily a Bible study or support group, activist group, etc?
  5. Why is it important that mission or service is connected to a people?
  6. How are we the church? 
  7. Caesar quotes what a disciple is according to John Piper.  How is that different from what you were taught about being a disciple?
  8. How many people do Jeff and Caesar suggest for each missional community?  Why are those numbers beneficial. 
  9. Why does the Gospel work we’re in cause us to grieve? 

Note:  You can get the Soma School Note’s Here which flesh out some of the ideas that they talk about such as Gospel identities and Rhythms.

For my Core Group, continue reading the Gospel-Centred Life with Chapter 3, A Life of Change

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