An Intentional Discipleship Strategy that Addresses the Unique Needs of the African Church:
The African Strategic Discipleship Movement seeks to address the urgent needs of the African Church by discipling pastors and church leaders on the African Continent. The Africa 1:56 Initiative (A1:56) is the targeted strategy that seeks to accomplish the goals of the ASDM. Africa is one continent with 56 countries and the vision of the Africa 1:56 Initiative is to have an intentional disciple-making movement in each of the fifty-six countries.
PLAN of the Africa 1:56 Initiative:
To disciple the strategic denominational disciple-makers in multi-year cohorts of regional denominational leaders who will then be able to both disciple and create discipleship movements within their own denominations and countries.
Use the disciple-making methodology of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) as the discipleship paradigm.
Put key denominational disciple-making leaders into a two-year cohort. Each cohort meets four times a year for four days at a time for a total of eight times over the course of the two years.
Each of the cohorts will include four countries from a particular region with four denominations from each of the countries for a total of 16 leaders and denominations per region and cohort.
First phase will begin with two regional cohorts in West Africa and another in East/Southern Africa. Phase One’s leadership team will
- Disciple-Making Movement Leader
- Disciple Key Pastors
- Launch Denominational DMPT
- Implement Disciple-Making in Local Churches
- Launch 2nd Phase of DMPT
- Continue to Implement in local churches
- Launch 3rd Phase of DMPT