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Leading for Real Change

The Orality Movement has brought serious change for evangelism, discipleship, and leader training. Even church planting and missions has changed, creating new roles, and ministries — like mine! Churches connect with me all the time asking how to bring change without (a) getting them fired and (b) to make disciple-makers. The last TruthSticks Training was … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #10 of 10: Free the captives

Revolutions bring freedom. As followers of Jesus, who would the Orality Revolution break from the bondage that holds them? In our Orality Revolution, there are believers who are slaves to disobedience since they are not making disciples. They are “bound” by life choices that do not align with Jesus’ Great Commission to “obey all things … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #9 of 10: Get the attention of those who wield power

When I first heard about orality, it was couched in terms of how do to a more effective Bible study. I was introduced to New Tribes Mission’s “Ee-taow!” (It is true!) video that showed orality effectively evangelizing among tribal people in Papua New Guinea. It was very convincing. But it wasn’t until I began seeing … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #8 of 10: Be responsible

What does “normal” look like to you? Same routine, same people, same ol’ same ol’ stuff in your life? The Orality Revolution may one day become the new norm, but as long as there are churches that are not in alignment with making disciple-makers, then the cause continues. Practicing churches must align with God in … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #7 of 10: Take Intentional Action!

Start the revolution among those whom you serve. And. Keep. Going. Every participant in the Orality Revolution must be a storying practitioner. They must be making disciples who can multiply themselves. Ideally, they lead their own church to multiply themselves among the lost. The leader or leaders that you know must do the best they … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #6 of 10: Empower Leaders

Revolutions bring out the best in those with leadership skills. And a true revolution buys into the idea rather than personalities. But cutting leaders loose with the authority to act is essential. Establish a working strategy that everyone buys into–training, approach, etc. Seek out networks of disciple-makers who are willing to be trained in orality … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement: #5 of 10: Add Value

A Minister of Education pointed to a trashcan with unused leader guides, student quarterlies, and other adult discipleship training “stuff.” He said, “I get so tired of over half of our materials not being used. Isn’t there a better way?” Church leaders, like that Minister of Education, will be attracted to check out the Orality Revolution simply … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #4 of 10: Expect Attacks

Our culture is full of pithy sayings about revolutionary leaders catching grief: “Parked cars don’t get chased.” Think Iditarod on this one: “If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.” And then the foreboding line: “The tallest blade of grass gets cut first.” The Orality Revolution should expect attacks. Here are a few firsthand … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #3 of 10: Equip as a Priority

Revolutions around the world rely on training. The Orality Movement requires nothing less. Training must be on several levels: Each “revolutionary” (practitioner) must become as knowledgeable as possible. There will likely never be one central authority; never has. We all just keep being driven back to the Bible as the touchpoint. Some insist that “a leader … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #2 of 10 — Build Momentum

Revolutions are not passive, but very active. Momentum comes from communicators in the Orality Movement that are committed disciple-makers. These key leaders must be equipped with appropriate resources to share their story and the story of the movement’s advances. Communication that promotes testimonials, first-hand experiences, and helpful tools (such as this blog, of course) must … Continue reading