MC2 09FN Celebration and Commissioning
In this session, you will be encouraged by what God has been doing and challenged to continue pursuing multiplying churches and missional communities. The faithfulness of participants will be celebrated by the rewarding of certificates.
Looking Back (20-30 min)
NOTE: Place people in groups of 4-6 for the session. Give out participant notes.
Prayer and Care
- Appoint a small group leader to facilitate sharing.
- Have each group discuss what they are thankful for this week.
- Have each person share how they are doing and share 1-2 prayer requests with their group and then have them pray for one another.
NOTE: If someone needs extra help, set a time after the meeting to help meet those needs.
- Encourage loving accountability to obey Jesus.
- Have each group share what happened as they trusted God for their goals and their “I will by when” statements.
- After the groups are done, ask if anyone is willing to tell the entire group.
Cast vision for their identity in Christ or what God can do through them as they take steps of faith.
- For example:
You have been working hard and trusting God while taking steps of faith to minister to those around you. You have probably experienced some of the same feelings that the disciples felt when were sent out by Jesus into unfamiliar villages of Galilee. Today we are here together to reflect and celebrate all that God has done. Let’s remember what Jesus said to the disciples when they celebrated the work God had done through them. “When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to Him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20) As we acknowledge God’s work through us, let’s remember Jesus’ wise words to help us keep all these things in perspective!
Looking Up (60 min)
Activity #1 Sharing of Highlights
- Ask for volunteers to tell highlights from this training experience.
- Take time to worship the Lord together and pray for new believers.
Activity #2 Recognition and Celebration
- Recognize and celebrate everyone who has continued in MC2 and reached the end of the sessions. Acknowledge each person’s successes and faithfulness. Some areas to recognize:
- Practiced Prayer-Care-Share with others and leading people to Christ
- Identified Persons of Peace
- Completed their Missional Event
- Present certificates for those who have achieved the outcome for MC2 by starting a group with new believers. (Receiving a MC2 certificate means someone has successfully begun multiplying by starting a group with new believers. Be culturally sensitive about how certificates are presented. We do not want to embarrass or shame anyone, but we do want to maintain a standard of what the certificate represents.)
Activity #3 What’s Next?
- Reaffirm the vision of multiplying churches and missional communities.
- Explain what the next steps will be for those who have started small groups of new believers.
- Additional training for the appointing and development of leaders will be offered.
- Set a date and time for this to take place.
- Encourage those who have not yet started a group, to keep reaching out and ministering to people. Let them know they will receive needed help when they are ready.
Looking Forward (20-30 min)
Preparing for the Mission
- Practice Foundational Bible Studies or any skill needed to help participants gain confidence for the next steps they will take
- Remind everyone where all the resources can be found: bit.ly/mc2-4me
Going on the Mission
- Identify 5 people with whom you will take the initiative to minister to this week.
- Write “I will by when” statements.
- Set a time and meet with your one-another partner.
Praying for the Mission
Commit everyone’s goals to the Lord. Ask the Lord to help us be faithful and use us to start a movement of disciple-makers.