Dr. Patterson is the originator of the Church Planting Multiplication movement. He's an innovator in discipleship and church planting. Many have been effective using the methods he teaches.
I’m excited about this interview because I suspect God is up to something.
George started out as a traditional missionary. After Bible school, he went to Honduras to teach in a Bible institute. It was during that time that an experience with one of the pastors showed him teaching correct doctrine wasn't enough.
That experience led him to look more closely at how Jesus and the apostles trained disciples.
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
2 Timothy 2:2
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The 7 Commands of Christ
- Repenting (involves faith, the Holy Spirit, being born again)
- Being Baptized
- Observing Lord’s Supper
- Making Disciples (in general)
Two Life-Changing Experiences
George shared two more of the experiences God used to shape his life. One involved teaching at a Bible institute, where he realized his lesson was not relevant to his students. The other involved a discussion about baptism and drunkenness.
One of the biggest challenges George faced was people proselytizing from other churches. They didn't evangelize themselves. Instead, they would follow and look for things that were wrong. When they found something they would begin criticizing and creating division.
How George and the other leaders responded was very interesting. And very effective.
George's current work excites him. He's helping established churches create what he calls a Second Track. These Second Tracks provide a place for people who are frustrated and passive to step into ministry. Yet it gives grace and flexibility for the established church to function the way it does.
They way they do it doesn't threaten the church and doesn't require anybody to change if they don't want to. Further, there's no move to step away from established doctrine.
Note: I really appreciate this approach because of the grace I see in it.
Significance in the Marketplace
George suggested that we need more true tentmakers in missions. Not people who have raised support with fake businesses. But people who truly do something that a government allows and have a heart for ministry.
One way to level up is to take someone with you when you go on a mission trip. But don't go to preach or teach the first time. Go to listen and learn.
- “Stop trying to be the savior of Honduras.”
Personal Success Habit
When a worker or missionary tells him about a particular chronic problem they have, George tries not to give a snap answer. He really thinks about it.
- What scriptures apply?
- What would Christ do?
- What cases are there historically?
- Consult with older missionaries.
- Don’t let go until he’s found the answer.
Shifts in Society
George suggested that we do two things that Christ commanded.
Look into Second Track.
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