How can churches launch new congregations that are reaching new people for Christ and helping them grow in discipleship? How can these new people become disciples who make disciples? One item for the toolbox is MetaCamp.
MetaCamp team leader Curtis Sergeant served as a missionary in China and saw great success through reproducing house churches that became known as "Church Planting Movements." Although he is not United Methodist, Sergeant acknowledges the deep roots such movements have in the early Methodist movement led by John Wesley.
"MetaCamp is an event designed to provide an experiential learning environment for reproductive disciple-making," said Rev. Lewis Archer. "As a result of the MetaCamp we held in 2014, the 25 or so participants went home and started 15-20 groups based on the process learned."
MetaCamp training events are a cross between a military boot camp, a mountain-climbing base camp and an athletic training camp. The intended outcome is for people to become more fruitful disciples of Christ. Training topics include how to make multiplying disciples and start multiplying simple churches, strategizing to reach an entire people group or geographic area and how to effectively integrate wholistic ministry into disciple-making.
"Our MetaCamp events include discussing how to adapt the program to our United Methodist context," said Rev. Archer.
This event originally scheduled to be December 7-11 at Sumatanga has been postponed until a later date.
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