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The Permanent Revolution, by Hirsch & Catchim

With by Skye Jethani. - Reimagining the way you relate to God.

Cracking Your Church's Culture Code, by Samuel Chand

The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day, by John C. Maxwell

The Forgotten Ways Handbook, by Alan Hirsch

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, by Brafman & Becksrom

Untamed, by Alan Hirsch

Church 3.0, by Neil Cole

The Shaping of Things to Come, by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost

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                              What is Mission-link?

   Mission-link is a network of simple churches that share a common vision and mission: Discipleship-based, organically led communities of Jesus followers who are learning how to be the Church instead of go to one. These communities engage in this common mission through the sharing of training, fellowship, commissioning, and ministry experiences.

   VISION: To Re-identify the Church as a Movement                                   STARFISH

   MISSION: To Change How the Church is Led
   
   OBJECTIVES: To Recover…
   1. Jesus’ way of leadership: upside-down, decentralized, servant leaders 
  2. Jesus’ way of discipleship: taking responsibility for the success of another, with rigorous honesty
  3. Jesus’ way of ministry: healing, deliverance, & witnessing to His life, death and resurrection
STRATEGIES:

1.Discover and spread the discipleship culture and “upside-down” servant leadership of Jesus.

2. Provide training and ministry development in spiritual warfare, healing, and the witness of the Message the God is in the room in daily life.

3. To put these principles into context by multiplying simple, missional fellowships that are learning to be led by God’s Spirit, as Jesus did.  

For a good overview of our current rhythms, click:         Half Sheet Card

HISTORY    

   Mission-link began in February 2009 when Bob & Becky Roby left New Hope Community Church to establish a discipleship-based missional fellowship around the servant leadership culture of Jesus Christ. The unique direction and culture of the associated house churches that have come about since then draw from the founding vision, which continues to provide training and resources for The Journey, Threshing Floor and other simple fellowships from St. Paul to Liberia.

     People in these groups usually meet weekly in homes and in discipling triads, and less often in larger gatherings for learning and leadership growth. 

       Over the past six years Mission-link has been on a journey in the “school” of Jesus Christ, with the purpose of distilling and purifying our understanding of His vision for the His Body, the Church…(See our latest Blog)

 “SIMPLE CHURCH INTRO” (Something some of us use to start our house gatherings…)

house church prayer

                This is a simple gathering of Jesus-followers for teaching, fellowship, sharing of a meal, and prayer – not necessarily in that order. We are “notorious sinners” who share one thing in common: We have been drawn to Jesus by the Spirit of God, and have agreed with Him that Jesus is our life and our only hope, and greatest treasure. We are defined by this – not by our meetings.

               Our most important connections here are our discipling groups, where 2-4 of us meet to learn how to give and receive grace, how to be vulnerable, and how to tell the truth: essentially, how to be friends. We live in the benefit of the promise that where ever at least two or three are gathered “in His Name” (under Jesus’ authority, agreeing that He is Lord) that He is personally present. We have come to meet with Him this way right now – He is the only “Lord” and “Savior” in this room.

 

Our FIVE RHYTHMS (“Ships”) go something like this:

      1. WORSHIP (Personal Offering) – Romans 12:1 speaks of an offering we make that parallels the Old Testament morning and evening offering – but the offering we make is ourselves!  This daily rhythm is the core of our ability to be led by the Spirit of God from the inside out, rather than seeking influence from our environment to guide our lives.

During this offering time we identify a few simple things that we think God wants us to make a part of our day, or our week, as His “camping spot”, and we chart a path to make a habit of them. We also look to our…

     2. KINSHIP (Covenant Relationships). We honor our life-long, family relationships and look for the influence of God in the way they reflect our true impact on those around us. These are the first place of impact of Christ outside our personal lives.

     3. DISCIPLESHIP (Redemptive Friendships)These are weekly discipling groups of three or so for accountability in our growth. We take on responsibility for each other’s spiritual success, sharing our daily rhythms and struggles, agreeing together on what God is saying about us, and reminding each other that we are not alone.

We are going from being watchers, to being partners with God (2Peter 1:4)We value and recognize relationships as “hot spots” for spiritual growth.

    4. FELLOWSHIP (Walking with One another)- Meeting in one another’s homes around a meal, worship, the Word, and ministry to one another is expressed in Acts 2:42.  Our home groups are multiplying as new start-up teams emerge from within existing groups.

  5. APOSTLESHIP (Witness in the Community) – This is the missional Rhythm 5 where we take what we have seen God doing in us and around us into public settings – Examples are: baptisms; doing a booth at the County Fair, “Jesus Meetings”; and the more usual opportunities like our work places, family gatherings,or social events. Most recently we are maintaining s regular teaching in a public forum.

LEADERSHIP

      Learning New Leadership – Being a part of the “Mission-link”* network, we take steps to grow in our discipleship and “organic” leadership = learning to allow the “Christ in you” (the “Head”) to lead through all members of the body…like a starfish, See, “The Starfish and the Spider”, by Brafman & Beckstrom).  *The Mission-link blog can be seen by clicking on BLOG above.  

    Where are we headed with this?   We are participating in the movement of the Holy Spirit of God, and His simple instruction to “…make disciples…”; We are seeing that our relationships are the center of this movement; Relationships are the “treasure and the measure”, of what we see Jesus is building. John 13:35   After all, Jesus actually defined eternal life this way:

       “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3-4

This is not about some new theology, but rather a recovering of the essence of the Gospel and God’s Kingdom – As it is written:

      “Stand by the ways and see, and ask for the ancient paths where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.”    Jeremiah 6:16

See more pics of The Journey at

           http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/08/home-church/

        We are daring to try to live out what Jesus believed was worth dying for: Bringing the presence of God through people rather than buildings and programs.  We value our relationships with one another and believe that every person has an important gift to bring to the Church body.  We are looking at how the Church was launched by the Author through accountable relationships: with three (Peter, James, & John), with twelve (the 12 disciples), and in walking out the Kingdom in public places as Paul recorded in Acts 20:20, “You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.”