Reproducing Disciples and Churches!
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
What was God the Father thinking when He sent His Son into our very messy world? John 3:16 is not often thought of as a Christmas verse, but it says it all so clearly! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The first Christmas came to our world when it was dominated by the Roman Empire. Caesar considered himself to be God and if you didn’t worship him you were fed to the lions. The early Church who refused to worship Caesar were forced into hiding in the catacombs. It was a very hard time for them, but they were so filled with peace and joy that many people wanted to know the God they knew and every day many more people became Christians and were added to the Church (Apparently 50% of the people in the Roman empire became followers of Jesus Christ).
Today, Christmas 2021, the world is still a very messy place! Attacks on the Christian faith are increasing. Life is still very hard, and many Christians are living under extreme persecution. Just like back in the first century many people are finding peace and joy when they find Jesus. As a result, their family and friends are wanting to know Him also!
What a great privilege it has been for Mary and me to witness God building His global Church. Jesus left us with a plan to expand His Kingdom and grow His Church (Believers/Disciples). It is simply stated in Matthew 28:18-20;
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
It was a very large task in Jesus’ day, but today it is huge with over 7.8 billion people in our present world. It is important to have a plan. It need not be complicated, and God’s plan is not complicated! DCI is a very small part of all that God is doing, but we plan to follow Jesus’ plan, “go and make disciples of all nations”. His plan is so huge that it can only happen if God does it, and Jesus promised “I am with you always, to the very end of the age”. He has been with us so far and He will continue to be as we follow Him.
Our Vision for 32 years has been:
“To have reached every person with the gospel of Jesus Christ through the reproduction of equipped witnessing disciples.”
We equip National leaders to disciple the national church in each nation of the world.
We encourage each leader, at every level to disciple no more than 5 to 10 other leaders to ensure that life change is happening in their relationship. What would that look like on a global scale?
The following is an example that we are presently implementing in Africa: We have:
1 DCI Continental Director – Dr. Simeon Oyugi disciples the Regional Directors
8 DCI Regional Directors each disciple 5-6 DCI National Directors
37 of the 54 needed National Directors are in place and discipling Area Trainers
Many Area Trainers each disciple 5 to 10 Community Trainers (depending on the population)
Many Community Trainers disciple Pastors who disciple their people
Many national Churches are implementing the DCI Strategy (See the strategy on the following page)
In Africa Simeon’s Goal is to Reach 1 billion people with the gospel. He will need:
2 million Equipped Disciple-Making Churches each reaching a community of 500 people = 1 billion
2 million paid pastors (or 5-Fold Ministry Teams of 5 volunteer leaders = 10 million leaders)
Present response to the gospel of 65% could result in 650 million receiving Christ as their Savior
About 43 million Discovery Group (DG) leaders needed to disciple 450 million new Christians and
30 million Discover Spiritual Family (DSF) leaders to disciple them to lead their own DG or DSF.
Is it Possible? Can the Great Commission be accomplished in Africa? Is this the way to do it?
Each equipped disciple is encouraged to equip other disciples to do what they have learned to do. Our simple and cost-effective materials and strategy are needed, working, and changing lives!
The following explains our Strategy for a Church to become a disciple-making Church.
Like a Venturi Tube (Jet Engine) we attract new people, develop them to maturity, equip them and send them out to reproduce many more disciples.
You can see that the Vision and Goal for Africa is beyond our ability to do! But Jesus can and Jesus is building His Church and expanding His Kingdom and He will continue to do so to the end of the age!
Why? Why would God send His Son into our messy world – and why would Jesus agree to come into our messy world? He came because it brought Him joy when He looked ahead and saw the great blessing His death would provide for so many of us who believe. We would receive forgiveness of our sins and the gift of His amazing Eternal Life. That life He gave us enables us to live with power here on earth and with Him in heaven!
Hebrews 12:2 NIV-UK says, “fixing our eyes on Jesus who …for the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
At this special time of year when we celebrate Jesus coming into our world, let me ask you, have you received Jesus as your Savior? If yes, then are you living and enjoying the Eternal Life He came to give you? And are you actively pursuing His passion for our lost world? If you would have to say no to any of these questions, then I encourage you to open the PowerPoint attached to this email.
This is a Christmas Gift to you from Mary and me to say thank you for your love, prayers, and generous donations over the years. It is a new 4 session PowerPoint presentation I have just completed titled “Jesus as My Life”. Be sure to open it up to full screen by clicking on this icon at the lower right-hand corner of your screen and click through each slide. You may want to share this with family and friends.
Many of you receiving this letter have been a part of our DCI team for years, and through your prayers and financial investments in Dynamic Churches International you are having an amazing ministry partnering with our National DCI Trainers. We thank each one of you for your generosity and faithfulness!
I have sought God for direction all through the years, and I am confident that the Strategy God gave us is a vital part of what the Global Church needs today! There is still so much to do, and we are trusting God to bless you so you can help us provide the needed training materials and ministry expenses essential for the accomplishment of this Amazing Opportunity! People’s hearts are open to receive the life of Jesus currently like no time in history!
Ways to Donate:
Mail: Your tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the addresses below
PAP: Sign up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) to be deducted from your bank account (ask us for the form)
E-Transfer: In your bank account set up DCI as an e-transfer recipient to email@example.com
Online: see our Donate page here.
Thank you for your gifts and prayers and God bless you all!
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton