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New with RRI: METHODS (May/June 2012)

May 1, 2012

If you have been following my blog for the past six months, you may recall the Roots Reading Initiative which I started for the PLNTD Network. Here’s a brief explanation:

The Roots Reading Initiative, focuses on providing church planters targeted self-feeding opportunities through an informal structure and accountability. The goal of this initiative is for church planters to “deepen their roots” in their understanding of God, the church, gospel, mission, and the world. In doing so, we believe the RRI will be an effective way of keeping church planters “grounded” and growing as leaders, missionaries, and churchmen.

The five areas we believe ministry leaders need to continually cultivate are (1) man, (2) message, (3) mission, (4) marriage, and (5) methods. Through RRI, we tackle one of these areas every two months with books targeted to develop leaders for those purposes. So far, here’s what we have covered:

Nov/Dec 2011 :: MISSION

November: What Is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
December: Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester

Jan/Feb 2012 :: MESSAGE

January: Gospel by J.D. Greear
February: Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson

Mar/Apr 2012 :: MARRIAGE

March: The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
April: What Did You Expect? by Paul Tripp

Starting this week, we are now taking up the area of methods, and here are the books we are working through:

May/June 2012: METHODS

May: The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
June: Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne

For each book, a reading schedule is provided for those who participate through our network.  Additionally, discussion questions are provided each week which, when the book is completed, are compiled in a downloadable format for a book-length study guide that can be used to disciple others or train leaders in your context.  To take advantage of learning in community and accessing additional resources through RRI, you need to join PLNTD’s relational communities and jump into the “Training” community online. Now’s a great time join us if you haven’t already!  Leaders cannot afford to have shallow roots and no shade for their people.

The Outworking of the Gospel [Roots Reading Initiative]

January 4, 2012

Last week, we finished the first installment [Nov/Dec 2011] of the Roots Reading Initiative focused on the mission of the church.  In this installment, we read What Is the Mission of the Church? by Greg Gilbert and Kevin DeYoung (November) and Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester. With each week, discussion questions are made available in the PLNTD Training community, and as each book concludes, we are making a PDF study guide for the entire book that can be used for personal application and training leaders in your own context.

Installment two [Jan/Feb 2012] of RRI begins this week, and the focus is the outworking of the gospel.  The goal is to deepen roots in the nature and implications of the gospel individually and corporately.  The two books that we are focusing on are Gospel: Recover the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J.D. Greear (January) and Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson (February).

For those interested in the self-feeding initiative of this installment of RRI, here is the reading schedule for the next two months:

Gospel: Recover the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
January 1-7                         (1-68)
January 8-14                      (69-144)
January 15-21                    (145-90)
January 22-28                   (191-256)

Gospel Wakefulness
January 29-February 4    (1-58)
February 5-11                     (59-112)
February 12-18                  (113-68)
February 19-25                  (169-218)

If you know a church leader or planter  who could be helped/edified by an informal regiment for personal growth and development, please pass this on. Our desire at PLNTD is to facilitate meaningful and accessible ways of teaching and training those leading the mission in the local church.

Roots Reading Initiative (New from PLNTD)

October 24, 2011

I’m excited to share with you a new project from PLNTD called the Roots Reading Initiative. Over the past several months, we have been working on the creation of a whole new approach to leadership and networking in church planting through what we are calling the PLNTD ecosystem. We endeavor to create an environment through which church planters and churches flourish in the Great Commission.

The first new project, the Roots Reading Initiative, focuses on providing church planters targeted self-feeding opportunities through an informal structure and accountability. The goal of this initiative is for church planters to “deepen their roots” in their understanding of God, the church, gospel, mission, and the world. In doing so, we believe the RRI will be an effective way of keeping church planters “grounded” and growing as leaders, missionaries, and churchmen.

RRI will consist of bi-monthly installments of thematically-driven self-feeding. By embarking on this challenge with other church leaders, RRI will offer encouragement and accountability that we so often need to press on in growing ourselves in the midst of the daily grind. Each bi-monthly installment will have two books to read–one book for each month, along with discussion questions provided by those in the network.

The first installment of the RRI begins November 1, and the theme is “the mission of the church”.  Here’s the details for the first installment:

RRI Vol. 1 | Nov-Dec 2011 |
The Mission of the Church

November: The Mission of the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
Nov 6-12             [pages 1-66]
Nov 13-19           [pages 67-140]
Nov 20-26          [pages 141-222]
Nov 27-Dec 3    [pages 223-66]

December: Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester
Dec 4-10            [pages 1-40]
Dec 11-17           [pages 41-96]
Dec 18-24          [pages 97-152]
Dec 25-31          [pages 153-88]

For those who would like to help us get the word out on Twitter, the hashtag is #RRI.

More information will be made available in the Training Community of PLNTD, including when the discussions will take place and additional artwork that you can download for your own use.

» To get in on the Roots Reading Initiative (and the discussions and book study guides), you will need to join PLNTD on Cobblestone.  You can do here.  I hope this new resource will be helpful for church planters, pastors, and other ministry leaders seeking to grow in their leadership and stewardship of their calling.