- After 2 months (of beginning the process in 2000): 20 small groups started.
- After 6 months: 327 house churches with 4,000 baptized.
- After one year: 908 house churches with 12,000 baptized.
- The following year: 3,535 new churches with more than 53,430 baptisms.
- First six months of 2002: 9,320 new churches and 104,542 baptisms.
- End of 3rd year: 15,000 new churches with more than 160,000 baptized believers.
"What is better than planting a church?" Answer: Training others to plant churches.
"And what is better than training others to plant churches?" Answer: Training trainers to train church planters to plant even more churches!
His simple method for training trainers of church planters was to make every discipleship lesson reproducible and repeatable. Below is the process of T4T when the small groups met.
T4T Training Process
There are three parts to the meeting and each one should take about the same amount of time. Usually the first initial meeting (when they explained the whole process for the first time) would take a half-day. This would include everyone writing down a list of every non-Christian family member, relative and friend they could think of. Most people's lists were around 100 people long. Then they would mark off the first 5 they would share the gospel with. They did this by each preparing simple testimonies consisting of three parts: 1) What you were like before Jesus, 2) how you met Jesus, and 3) what your life has been like since Jesus. Then he had them remove all religious vocabulary from their story. They were then required to share with their first 5 people on their list during the first week. The next week, the second five. After they built a small group of inquirers or new believers, they would begin meeting regularly as a small house church.
After the initial meeting explainging the process, meetings would last for about 2-3 hours each time, and they would normally do them about once every two weeks. This would give people time to put the lesson into practice before filling their heads with new knowledge. What the people learned and did in this meeting, they repeated in the meetings with their new disciples. Most of the groups had 5-6 disciples. The meeting had three parts:
- Sharing Time (Fellowship and Accountability)
- New Lesson Time
- Practice Time
Part 1: Sharing Time
- Prayer (for the disciples and people in the group)
- Accountability and problem solving
- Review of the last meeting's lesson.
- Vision Casting time by Leader (Putting the vision of the Great Commission before the people--always putting the burden of the lost out there).
- New Lesson (They had their own plan, but you could use any lesson plan or oral story plan you wanted.)
- Disciples Learn the Story—by retelling it as the trainer asks, “What happened in the story?”
- Memory Verse (From the lesson)
- Trainer Testimony—The trainer gives a testimony from his own life what happened when he obeyed the lesson of this story.
- Application. What will you do with the new lesson?
- Trainees lead Part 1 of the T4T session (do it another time with the trainer observing rather than leading)
- Trainees pair up and re-teach new lesson.
- Trainees set goals for next two weeks.
- Pray and Send off.