Guessing Strategically – DMT Curriculum

In March I went to a training called Discipleship Multiplication Training (DMT) in Lisbon. I wrote a little bit about it after the training was done. During that time I really felt God pushing on my heart telling me that I was going to do something with this curriculum. I thought it was going to be specifically with the curriculum that was used during our training, but God had other plans.

Within a few weeks we were discussing the possibility of eDOT playing a major role in the creation of a new DMT curriculum targeted towards reaching immigrants. The other two guys in the office never saw that coming…but I did!

The DMT trainings were already being planned and a grant for the curriculum/training was already obtained, all that was left to do was the curriculum itself. The grant requires that a certain number of trainings are completed within just under a year and a half. Our first training is planned for October and in order to get a curriculum written in time for it to be used at that training, we have a lot of work to do.

In the next month we will be reading a lot of material in preparation for beginning the curriculum. Neither of us, that are working on the project, are subject matter experts so next month I will be taking a trip to Chicago (and Toledo of course!) to sit down and have a very packed four days of meetings with a content expert. During those four days we will discuss anything and everything that we can, tied to the curriculum, and what he invisions for the trainings. The nice thing, that this trip will allow for, is time to ask questions and get answers immediately. E-mail is great, but when you are working on a curriculum, a lot of questions come up and will need answering sooner rather than later.

This curriculum will definitely stretch my skills and abilities to the max, but I am very excited to be able to develop something from the ground up. During the project we will be posting short articles about the instructional design process and I invite you to check out eDOT’s website to watch as we progress along in this project.

DMT in Lisbon

I figured since Monday I updated you on my first conference I would go ahead and do the second conference that I have had the priviledge to attend. The conference is called DMT and it’s tagline or summary is:

DMT is all about training. Its goal is to train believers who can then train others in a very simple yet effective method of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting that continues to multiply across relationship networks.

DMT is a direct response to the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John (4:35-36), where He states, “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life.”

The central focus is the harvest God has already prepared in advance and is waiting on to be harvested. – See more at: http://gemission.org/intro-dmt-discipleship-multiplication-training#sthash.Bd5hzmKB.dpuf

I went to a similar training when I was still living in Maryland, but this was with Europeans who were looking for ways to expand God’s Kingdom in Europe. There were Europeans, Americans and Canadians present representing a half dozen or so countries. We learned what it means to be a disciple and and how to disciple as well as evangelize.

While most of this time seemed to be geared towards people whose full-time job was church planting, it nevertheless gave me some food for thought. I wanted to share a few questions that kept popping into my head during my time there.

  • What am I doing to disciple people?
  • What am I doing to talk about Jesus to those who don’t know Him?
  • What can I do to help those whose mission is to do something like this full-time?
  • What can I do to change my current actions to make them more along the line of disciple making?