Eighth Discernment Team Workshop

Eighth Leadership Training: Discernment Team Workshop on August 23, 2014, 7:30 pm – 10 pm in Midtown, CA

Task Five: Developing a Plan

Step One: Preparing to Develop a Mission Plan

Areopagus (Ares = Greek god of war, Pagus = Rock; “Mars Hills” in Romans: Areios Pagos Ἄρειος Πάγος) is a bare marble hill across from the entrance to the Acropolis (means “upper city”) in Athens, center of whole region.

Mars Hills served as the meeting place for the Areopagus Court, the highest court in Greece for civil, criminal, and religious matters.

Holy Spirit led Apostle Paul to Athens to evangelize the city. This sermon is one of Paul’s most significant gospel messages to the public.

The city was filled with religious idolatry of the Greeks where there was an altar to the “Unknown God” which was Paul’s starting point in proclaiming the true God and how they could be reconciled to Him.

– Paul makes the altar of idolatry as his starting point.

– Paul delivers the gospel in a logical and biblical fashion.

– Paul addresses the false beliefs.

– Paul argues in the Synagogue with Jews and Gentiles.

– Paul also proclaims the gospel at the market place daily with those who happened to be there (v. 17)

– Paul encounters some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers (v. 18).

Epicurean philosophers: Disciples of the Greek                        Philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC); God exists but not              interested or involved with humanity; They denied that the world is created by God, and so they thought human affairs were not governed by heavenly providence; The main purpose of life was pleasure.

Stoic philosophers: Stoicism was founded by a Greek Thinker, Zeno of Citium around 300 BC; “God was the world’s soul”; They believed that the world was subject to the providence of God but denied God’s wisdom, justice, and power; They placed the highest good         in virtue, but they did not know what true virtue (behavior showing high moral standards)was; The goal of life was “to rise above all things” so that one showed no emotional response to either pain or pleasure.

– These two opposite philosophers loved to debate   philosophy and religion. They were intrigued by Paul’s “babblings” about the resurrection of Christ and brought him to the Areopagus where the Athenians and foreigners “spent their time in nothing else but to tell or   hear some new thing” (v. 21).

– Paul identifies with his audience and as an example of apologetics in action.

– Paul observes his audience as “very religious” based on the fact that they had many altars and “objects of worship” (v. 23).

– Paul teaches and corrects their wrong view of God with Genesis and creation story. Paul attracted them by introducing who God is, what they were needed to know.

– Paul explains the sovereign God as the Creator of all life and things.

– Paul explains that God is not served by human hands.

– Paul explains it was God who created from one man to all nations, and even set time and boundaries of their dwellings (v. 26). So that men should seek Him (v. 27).

– Paul further explains that the closeness of God and their need to repent of their rebellion against Him.

– Paul completes his message by introducing them to the One before whom they would all stand one day and be judged—Jesus Christ, whom God had raised from the dead.

Result of Proclamation:

1. Some believed and saved.

2. Others mocked and rejected his message.

3. Some others were open-minded and desired to hear more: They may or may not have a second chance because,

Hebrew 3:15 says: “Today if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in rebellion.”

Paul’s message was a call to repentance and acceptance of the two fundamental truths of Scripture—Crucifixion and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Q &A

1.  What is Paul’s Mission Plan? Does it show awareness of context and culture? What are our cultural realities?

Paul’s mission plan was totally controlled by the Holy Spirit who directs and provides all wisdom and strategies. As Paul prepared his heart to go beyond what he can handle, the Holy Spirit opened the door of evangelism in a very mystical and powerful way. Paul was not afraid of confronting with cultural biases and unexpected missional challenges in the context of his situation and environment because he was full of boldness, faith and love.

2. How will we build relationships with those identified in the Vision?

We need to examine our target people in many different ways, angles and approaches as we realize that building relationship each other in the community is the fastest and most effective way of evangelism.

3. How can they be introduced to Jesus?

We need to be friends with them first and be able to speak Jesus boldly without compromise just like Paul when the right time of harvest comes.

How Apostle Paul confessed?

To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. –  1 Cor. 9:22, NRSV

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. – Gal. 2:20, NKJV


– born after 1980 and before 2000 — estimated to number at least 80 million Americans, more than the baby boomers.

– Mottos: “Confident. Connected. Open to Change

– skeptical of institutions — political and religious — and prefers to improvise (right away without preparation) solutions to the challenges of the moment.

– “Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of Millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring,” according to the Brookings Institution.

– prefer to buy online or get “disposable” clothing at H & M or Zara, which boasts that its organically farmed cottons are “completely free of pesticides, chemicals and bleach.”

– “responded with increased trust (91 percent) and loyalty (89 percent), as well as a stronger likelihood to buy from those companies that supported solutions to specific social issues (89 percent).”

– “For Millennials, food isn’t just food. It’s community,” They like vegetarian and gluten-free diets for their health concern.

– “Millennials are the nation’s most dogged optimists,” as Pew reported in a new study this spring. “They believe their own best days are ahead.”

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Lay Me Down

“Lay Me Down” by Chris Tomlin
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Seventh Discernment Team Workshop

Seventh Leadership Training: Discernment Team Workshop on August 17, 2014, 7:30 pm – 10 pm in Granite Bay, CA

TASK 4: Finding the Missionary Leaders Step 1: Are We Going or Sending? Scriptures:  Isaiah 6:1-9 Reflections:

• Have each person in the group share what it means to them that God is “Holy.” 

• What does it mean to you to be “sent by a Holy God”?

Living holy requires separation from the world (sins), however, we are also called to go into the world to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through whom we become holy and heirs of Him.

• Do you believe you have ever been “sent”? If so, describe that time.

• How have you experienced the Holy in your work so far? What have been the Holy moments in this discernment process?

As we engaged in to start a new church plant, we stepped forward with our  faith into the unknown, unclear and unsure sphere of God’s activity, which is the holy moment. Each and every gathering were (and are) our holy moments as we faithfully gathered (and gather) for His guidance and wisdom. Our worries are gone now and our provisions have been met as we risk ourselves to start this new worshiping community.

Scriptures: Acts 13:1-3


• What is the difference between “sent” and “sending”?

“Sent” is a calling to the individual person, whereas “sending” is an  indirect calling of the group (including denomination, church and/or small group) to support the “sent” ones with continuous prayers and financial supports.

• What would be the challenges of being one who is “sent”? What is required of one who is “sent”?

The challenges of being one who is “sent” requires faith and bold action to engage in the ministry God prepared for the one. This person is the one who is evangelizing the target people in his/her daily activities and ministries. This person is like an soldier in the battle field fighting for the freedom of captive people against devils. The sent one requires strong faith and actions to be able to harvest in the battling harvest fields that is interfering by Satan.

• What would be the challenges for a person who was not sent but who remained in the group that was “sending”? What is required of one who is “sending”?

The challenges of one who is “sending” requires faith and continuous support to the sent ones who needs prayers and financial supports. Although, the sending one doesn’t require direct encounter with non-believers, this person has responsibilities and accountabilities to make sure the sent ones’ needs are met. As an intercessor, this person may encounter with continuous spiritual battles in his/her prayer times. The sending ones needs to discern what’s going on in the harvest and spiritual battle fields.


Step 2:  Who Are We? Who Is Missing? Scriptures: Romans 12:1-9 Reflections:

• What does it mean to you to be a “living sacrifice”?

• How is “being a living sacrifice” of verse one connected with “sober judgment” in verse three?

• What is required of you, of the team, of the church to speak truth about our own gifts and abilities and the gifts and abilities of others?

• How would you handle the situation of a person who believes they are gifted and called to a certain position but the rest of the team does not see that?

• What is required of your team to speak honestly to one another about your roles in this mission from here forward?

• Is your team at a point that you can speak truth in love to one another about your gifts, the gifts of each team member, the gifts needed in those who are to be sent, and the gifts needed of those who are to be the senders? If not, what needs to happen?


• Have each person share who they see on this team who belongs to:

o People of the Vision

o People of the Vision with Jesus

o Senders/Supporters

o Missionaries/Cross-Culturals

• Have each person also share where they see themselves.

• Have each person share his or her homework from the last task identifying who on the current team is “sent” and who is a “sender.”

• Reviewing the last two exercises, come up as a team with a list of those on the current team who are “sent” and a list of those who are “senders.”

• Who needs to be added now? Is everyone on the team “sent” and you now need to recruit “senders”? Is everyone on your team a “sender” and you now need to recruit people who will be “sent”?

• If you are all Missionaries/Cross-culturals, it is most likely time to recruit a few Senders/Supporters to join the team. If you do not have any contacts with people who are “People of the Vision with Jesus” it is most likely time to recruit a few “People of the Vision” to join your team as advisors. Finding the right “People of the Vision” to join your team needs to be assigned to a few of your team as their task before you meet again.


Step 3: What Roles Are Needed? Scriptures: Acts 18:1-11 Q & A:

• Do you have the senders you need to support this new work?

• What roles will the people on your list of senders play for the future strength and work of this new worshiping community?

• What roles are missing?

• Who will recruit the people who need to be added to the sending team?

• What is the timeframe required to add new senders if that needs to happen?

• Who is now a part of the team sent?

• What gifts do they have?

• What role will each play?

• What roles are missing?

• Do you have a lead missionary or do you need to add that person?

• Will the lead missionary be a “tent maker” (earn their living expenses apart from this new worshiping community), a person who begins a business related to this new worshiping community (earning their living expenses from the new worshiping community’s business income), or will the lead missionary be supported by the senders?

• Who else on the team sent are tent makers, part of the new worshiping community’s business, or supported by those who are sending?

• Do you have the right team to be sent? Who needs to be added? Who is missing?


Step 4: Finalize Your Description of the Missionary Leaders

Scriptures: Ephesians 4:1-16


• Reread verses two and three of Ephesians 4. How has your team done with bearing one another and making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit? Is there anything that the team needs to address now?

• What does it mean to you that the apostle Paul connects God’s gifts and grace?

• How can “grace” dominate your conversations about roles, gifts, and plans?

• What does it mean to you to “equip the saints”?

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Sixth Discernment Team Workshop

Sixth Leadership Training: Discernment Team Workshop on August 9, 2014, 7 pm – 10 pm in Midtown Sacramento, CA

TASK 3: Exploring the Possibilities 

Step 1: Brainstorm Possibilities Based on the Vision | Step 2: Experiment

Scriptures: Luke 10:1-16

1. What were some of the implications of the command to the disciples to “travel light”? What might it mean for you to “travel light”? What is behind Jesus’ sending them out in pairs?

We are in the journey in this world. We came to this world with empty hands and will die with empty hands. Jesus asks us to live a simple life by not possessing our treasures in this world but in heaven. Jesus asks us to focus on mission, spreading the Gospel to non-believers, rather than distracted by our possessions and worldly worries. As we “travel light” with one purpose, winning the lost souls, we will be freed from all distraction and easily mobilized to pursue His mission.

2. What does it mean to have your “peace received”? How might you know when your “peace” is not received and when to shake the dust off”?

Jesus instructs us to approach people with hearts of peace by saying, “shalom” to our neighbors and lost souls. For those who accepts us with hearts of peace followed by their hospitality will be the ones who Jesus prepared. They will easily accept the message of salvation, ” Kingdom of God is near.” However, we must avoid those who reject our words of peace because they are not ready yet.

3. What are the implications for the disciples to “Stay at one home and eat what they set before you”?

It is very important to win one soul after another rather than reaching bulk numbers because the deeper relationship will make them disciples. Jesus also asks us to be humble and thankful whenever we reach out non-believers because most of them are broken and poor in their situations. We will never win souls without showing our genuine love and compassion toward others.

4. How do you respond to the admonition (authoritative counsel or warning) to “heal the sick”?

We have to be careful not to offer our healing prayers to everyone, especially to those who are not ready. If there are enough hospitality and repenting hearts, Jesus will forgive and redeem them through our healing prayers. God is seeking people with humble and peaceful hearts who are ready to be harvested.

Step 3: Evaluating Our New Initiative

Scriptures: Luke 10:17-24

Q &A

1. How did the disciples return from their mission? What did the 70 see upon their return?

They returned with joy as they casted out demons in the name of Jesus. Jesus waned them not too much joyful with the power received from the above but rather rejoice because their names are written in heaven.

2. How did you feel after your new initiative was complete? What did you see happen during your new initiative?

After the site visitation, especially with experience in Davis, we felt strongly that our Macedonians are people live and gather in Davis where so many people are ready to receive the gospels of Christ. We identified the City of Davis as our ultimate harvest field with our new initiative.

3. Where was God in your experience? What have you concluded about your Vision? About your ability to move forward?

God was with us throughout our walkings on the streets of Davis and gave us opportunities to chat with many young people who were thirsty for truth and love. God assured all of our leaders to move forward with our vision and missions, reaching out Millennials in Davis.

What is Our Strategy to Reach Out Community?

1. Pray Us to be laborers of harvest.

2. Go out to our harvest field , City of Davis.

3. Approach people with peace (shalom) to find ones who are ready to be harvest.

4. Proclaim the message, “Kingdom of God is near” to those who gives hospitality.

5. Offer a healing prayer and lead them to repentance to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.

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Fifth Discernment Team Workshop

cropped-mosaicswebstamp.pngFifth Leadership Training: Discernment Team Workshop on August 3, 2014, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm in Granite Bay, CA

Task 2: Step Four:  Who has God Placed on Your Hearts to Engage?

Scriptures: Acts 16:9-10

That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans. (The Message)

• Have any new people groups emerged?

We have a new group of people (7~8 people) in their high teens to 20s in diverse ethnic background, who are now gathering at pastor’s house in Elk Grove regularly for Saturday Korean language study. Most of them are coming from Elk Grove and South Sacramento but some are traveling from as far as Roseville.

• Who is calling to you from “across the sea” inviting you to engage them with the Gospel?

We definitely felt that our Macedonians are Millennials from Davis, although further visitations of Midtown and Davis may be required to confirm that after checking each other about their experience with site visits. We were not sure if there are enough of Millennials are gathering or live in Midtown by first visit. We decided to have monthly visit to Midtown and Davis.

Our current gathering is at Parkview Presbyterian Church (727 T Street, Sacramento), located at least 5~6 blocks outside of Midtown, may not be the best place for our Macedonians (Millennials) because there is only one coffeehouse within 5~6 blocks (or 2~3 mile radius) from the church. Parkview can be served as our temporary place until we secure our ultimate location which is more consistent with where our target group is gathering.

After sharing the demographic statistics and site visitation experience, we all agree that Millennials of Davis are our ultimate target group along with Midtown Millennials as our secondary target group.

We have not confirmed yet who is already doing ministry for Millennials in Davis and Midtown and will research. Only church that can be confirmed is Davis Community Church (DCC) that plans to start community coffeehouse ministry by converting their huge social hall located near downtown of Davis. We will be getting involved with DCC as a partner in upcoming months.

For the effective evangelism of Millennials gathering in Davis and Midtown, it will be better to go to the harvest field rather than inviting them. The coffeehouse setting may work really well to attract non-believers to come to know Christ and love-filled young Christians who are ready to serve (or to harvest). Our young leaders are very determined about winning them.


Step Five: Are We the Ones Who Should Go?

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

After confirming our target group and target area (Davis), we meditated on the Scriptures coming from 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, which explains what are the bodies of Christ, how we function each other, how we can develop our gifts and talents to serve better in the church, the body of Christ.

We learned that God wants us not only develop His given gifts in our life but use these gifts to build a better body, the community of believers. There are so much gifts that we received from God which He allowed us to use for the body of Christ, however, we tend to keep it for ourselves or forget about it. We need to encourage each other to be able to find out what gifts are given and how we can use these gifts for God and others. The ultimate purpose of gifts are building churches by winning the lost souls.

In order to receive these gifts whether they are hidden in our sprits or not given yet, we need to focus our eyes to God who gives all these gifts freely and abundantly for the glory of God. We have to be very sensitive to voices of the Holy Spirit who is leading our faith with action. We need to pray (with fasting) to follow the footsteps of Christ in a daily basis not to be distracted by worldly worries and flesh desires.

We are now ready to keep moving forward with common vision and tasks with full of love and compassion!

“He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Luke 10:2, NRSV

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