Frequently asked questions about MDI

By Marvin Lorenzana

 

 

<p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">What is the Missional Discipleship Initiative (MDI)? </strong></p> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">We exists to help local congregations engage intentional-relational disciple-making as well as leadership development by providing them with a set of tools that have proven to be effective and highly transferrable. One of these tools is a <strong></strong> <strong></strong> <strong></strong> <strong></strong> <strong></strong> <strong>virtual</strong><strong>Learning</strong><strong>Huddle</strong><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong></strong></span> and the other one are Missional Discipleship Groups or <strong>MDGs</strong>.</span></p> <p> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">What are Missional Discipleship Groups (MDGs)? </strong></p> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">An MDG is a strong discipleship tool. They are groups of two or three people (same gender) that meet on a weekly basis for 1 hour and 15 minutes with the following agenda:</span></p> <ol> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Scripture reading</span></li> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Prayer</span></li> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Accountability</span></li> </ol> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">MDGs are implemented for 8 consecutive months within the local congregation, after this period of time, they stop for debriefing and to assess learnings.</span>  </p> <p> <strong></strong></p> <div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify" contenteditable="false"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-videoWrapper" unselectable="on"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7ZO8m2eYUCs?rel=0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="True" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></span>  <br unselectable="on"/> <span class="ms-rteStyle-videoWrapper" unselectable="on"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GzAvcb_i5AY?rel=0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="True" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></span><br unselectable="on"/><span class="ms-rteStyle-videoWrapper" unselectable="on"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yYEwo3jLsVk?rel=0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="True" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></span></div> <p> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">What is a Virtual Learning Huddle? </strong></p> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> <span style="font-size: 17px;"> <span style="color: #38332e; font-family: cartogothic_std, sans-serif, serif, "emojifont"; background-color: #ffffff;">An MDI Huddle is a coaching tool that brings together a group of 3 to 5 Implementing Leaders (usually pastors) from a particular region of the country for a period of eight-months of training</span></span>. </span></p> <div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify" contenteditable="false"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-videoWrapper" unselectable="on"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ooHL4nV_uaQ?rel=0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="True" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></span>  </div> <p> <br/> <strong></strong></p> <p> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Why does an MDI Huddle work? </strong></p> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Huddles work because they focus on the following three goals: learning, language and multiplication. </span></p> <ol style="list-style-type: decimal;"> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>Learning</strong> takes place by assimilation of content (information), apprenticeship (repetition) and contextualized practice (innovation).</span></li> <ul style="list-style-type: square;"> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Content: Huddles focus on learning information on how to use a particular discipling tool. </span></li> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Apprenticeship: Participants learn how to implement the particular learned tool as learned from the MDI Coach. </span></li> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Innovation: Leaders contextualize learnings to their specific context by innovating on how to use any given tool. </span></li> </ul> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>Language</strong> creates culture. Participating leaders are slowly learning an agreed-upon discipling language that not only will they be able to teach others but also is shaping and transforming who they are. The language creates a culture of continual maturation as people become more and more like Jesus. They are orienting themselves to becoming lifelong learners of Jesus. </span></li> <li> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>Multiplication</strong> is the end goal. From the beginning, Huddle participants know that they will eventually start a Huddle of their own. Disciples make other disciples of Jesus. Multiplication is at the core of why we meet on Huddles. Jesus did it, Paul did it, and we can do it, also! </span></li> </ol> <p> <br/> <strong></strong></p> <p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">What is the end goal of this initiative?</strong></p> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> <span style="color: #38332e; font-family: cartogothic_std, sans-serif, serif, "emojifont"; font-size: 17.3333px; background-color: #ffffff;">We want Implementing Leaders to learn how to multiply disciples, leaders and perhaps even new churches. It all starts, however, with learning how to multiply </span><strong style="color: #38332e; font-family: cartogothic_std, sans-serif; font-size: 17.3333px;">new disciples of Jesus</strong><span style="color: #38332e; font-family: cartogothic_std, sans-serif, serif, "emojifont"; font-size: 17.3333px; background-color: #ffffff;">, if we fail to do this effectively, we might fail in everything else we attempt!</span><br/></span></p> <div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify" contenteditable="false"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-videoWrapper" unselectable="on"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bn2W4Dj0iig?rel=0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="True" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></span> </div> <p> <strong><br/></strong></p> <p> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>How do I get involved with MDI?</strong> </span></p> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> <span class="x_ms-rteFontSize-3" style="font-size: 13pt;">The Missional Discipleship Initiative is a congregational tool for discipleship and leadership training. New MDI cohorts are launched every fall and last from October 1<sup>st</sup> to June 30<sup>th</sup> of the following year. Talk to an MDI coach about signing up as a congregation today!</span><br/></span></p> <p> <br/> </p> <p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Next steps</strong></p> <p>If you have decided to become an Implementing Leader with MDI, please view the following video to learn about next steps.</p> <div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify" contenteditable="false"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-videoWrapper" unselectable="on"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VFKsZy9qvDo?rel=0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="True" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></span> </div> <p> <br/> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"></span></p> <p> <br/> </p>

 

 

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