. . thoughts from ASCP Executive Director Lee Behar
In the last few months since moving to Budapest I've had the
rich opportunity to visit and interact with ASCP facilitators serving
in Central Asia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and
Without question each of the men and women that make up these facilitation
efforts is passionate about saturation church planting.
From more than one of these folks I've heard the convinced and
intriguing exclamation . . . "Facilitation is changing!" That statement
should cause all of us associated with the ASCP to sit up and take
notice. Why? Because for all of our ten-year history the Alliance
has been about the facilitation of SCP.
If I understand the concept of "facilitation" correctly,
it relies fundamentally on the conviction that God has His men and
women in place in every country in the world. These men and women
are Spirit-motivated and Spirit-gifted to pursue the reaching of
their countries for Christ through the planting of multiplying churches.
John Knox's famous quote "Give me Scotland, or I die!" epitomizes
the passion of these people. So our role as facilitators has been
to identify, to befriend, to come alongside, to further envision
and to "build platforms" for these Kingdom-minded national
brothers and sisters.
Has that changed? I don't think so, but what may have changed
is the way we go about our ministries of facilitation. I recently
heard one ASCP missionary say something like . . . "I'm tired of sharing
vision so broadly with people I know will never do anything with
it. Instead I'm now simply trying to find church planters with passion
for multiplication . . . the guys who are doing it. I want to find
ways I can help them be successful."
That quote reminds me of a ministry motto that I heard many years
ago. It goes . . . "Think big, start small, go deep." The
problem with many ministries is that they "think big",
but rarely start with enough of a quality foundation on which to
build. They miss the starting small and going deep part. And other
ministries are so concerned with depth and quality that their vision
(with much honor paid to the Great Commission) never extends beyond
a few so that it moves from the tactical to the strategic.
I think we facilitators of SCP are in a unique position to be
true to the spirit of that motto. Saturation Church Planting is
biggest vision there is . . . a gospel believing and sharing church
reach of every person in the world! And yet we know that for churches
to be multiplied people must be won to Christ. New believers must
be discipled and be mobilized for leadership for emerging churches.
So facilitation begins with broad vision but it practically comes
back to investing and multiplying ourselves into the lives of others.
How do you believe that facilitation has changed in the last
10 years? Does the motto "Think big, start small, go deep"1 cause
you to think differently about SCP facilitation? If you could begin
again in SCP facilitation in your country what would you do differently?
I'd love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to expand, comment
or disagree with the lessons I'm learning. I hope to share many
in a future edition of Alliance Interchanges.
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1 This motto is shared by at least two ministries . . . Church
Resource Ministries (Anaheim, CA) and Campus Outreach (Birmingham,