May 10, 2018
Beyond is working on a strategy based on the idea of “hubs”. In brief, this strategy is:<ol>
- Go to a “phase 1” hub - learn to make multiplying disciples in your home culture. (This doesn’t necessarily mean in the United States). P1 usually lasts about 15 weeks or so.
- Sign up with Beyond (this is our application phase): onboarding, ministry partner development, and everything else that happens before you go to the field.
- Transition to the field, “land” at a “phase 2” hub
- “Phase 2” - primarily language & culture acquisition for first year or two (or longer, depending), while serving with a cross-cultural strategy to engage a people group. This is where you take what you learned about DMM/making disciples in phase 1, and add the cross-cultural component.
- Once you are finished with Phase 2, you can decide either to continue serving that hub, or pioneer something new - a new strategy team engaging an unreached/underserved/unengaged/pioneer people group or city.
The “hub” strategy is not new. You can see echoes of this in many existing agencies, as well as many historical ones. (There are dangers–the stereotypical “missionary compound” was a base or hub, but did not multiply out.)
What makes us different: we’re working on starting movements. What’s critically important about hubs:<ol>
(Want to talk to me about hubs and Beyond? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
Read more: this post by Steve Smith in Mission Frontiers, also talking about hubs