Top Ten Lists from Online Summer Missionary Training

by Paul on June 11, 2009

This morning I reviewed two top ten lists of lessons learned during the four days of Online Summer Missionary training.  Top ten lists are hard to make, especially if they are to summarize four days of training.  The power in them, however, is that they help the trainer understand what the trainees learned and what their teams identified as important lessons of from the week.  I thought I’d share their lists here. (There may be some overlap.)

Team 1 Top 10

  1. Consistency
  2. To love as God loves, we have to put aside our comfort.
  3. Love is the best motivation for obedience.
  4. Can’t over emphasize the Person of Peace
  5. You can’t force anyone to love or accept God.
  6. You can’t force your culture on anyone.
  7. Team accountability.
  8. Stay on Task!
  9. 3 Column Bible Study
  10. Learning Social Media

Team 2 Top 10

  1. My commitment to Christ involves my humility and consistancy of obedience (lifestyle, being in the Word, talking all day long) so that you are worth replicating, which ultimately leads to power through Christ.
  2. Go in teams – safety, knowledge, and accountability.
  3. Forgiving others to minister – put aside your comfort and ability to react to offense
  4. Don’t be a poser – [be] passion[ate]!
  5. Pray for workers out of the harvest.
  6. Leaving when you don’t find a Person of Peace
  7. Walk with them through the Word, not teaching, [to build] reliance/authority on God, glory to Him.
  8. Focus on family, remember individual
  9. Build DNA
  10. Guide to learn to obey, not just [know] about God; obedience over knowledge.

These lists probably mean more to those of us who attended the Online Summer Missionary training.  If you have questions, though, feel free to ask them in the comments.

For my part, if I was going to have them remember 10 things they would be:

  1. Ministry online is not about the tools, it’s about lost PEOPLE.
  2. Missions/ministry/church planting is a lifestyle that begins with your consistant obedience throughout LIFE.  It isn’t a nine to five job.
  3. Scripture and the Holy Spirit are always the authority.  Always direct people to discover what God says to them in His Word.
  4. Never teach people about God. Never teach culture.  Help people discover God through His Word.
  5. Discipleship begins with the lost.
  6. Discipleship isn’t about knowledge and getting more knowledge.  It is obeying what you already know of God’s Word and always striving to live obediently.
  7. You establish the DNA of a small group by the third or fourth meeting.  Follow the DBS process, it contains the basic DNA of church.
  8. Look for the person of peace.  That person already wants to hear the Gospel.  Don’t share the Gospel with people who aren’t ready to hear it.
  9. Quickly release the Discovery Bible Study to the natural ‘inside’ leader of their community.
  10. Set aside your right to be offended because you love people and want to see them come to know Jesus.  Love them. Love them. Love them.

There are so many others, but if you get those – and implement them – you’ll be on your way to having a significant online ministry.

Online Summer Missionaries, I love you guys.  I’m praying for you.  Go change the world.

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John Kenneth King June 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm


Great lists. How did using the movies go?


Katy June 12, 2009 at 7:24 pm

*Big wide smile*

Jean June 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Now, Now. Indiana Jones helped us all work on our Sean Connery accents.
But seriously, the Karate Kid was a great visual to put ideas into action and see how they would look in…somewhat real life.


Paul June 12, 2009 at 5:30 am

Using Karate Kid was great. The other movies were fun, but they didn’t have the teaching impact of Karate Kid.

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