Global disciple making is an extension of local disciple making. That is why we say, “Make disciples locally among the unchurched so you can make disciples globally among the unreached.” Local disciple making is preparation for global disciple making. The desperate need is for global disciple makers; people who have learned the skill set here so they can hit the ground running there. Mission agencies are crying out for people with disciple-making skills.
Global disciple making introduces several new concepts: PODs, SOGY, World Team, the SOGY List, and the Learning List. Each of these is explained in detail below in the glossary of terms.
Glossary of Terms
PODs: PODs are five-week learning experiences designed for small-group or individual use. There are six PODs. POD 1 is called “The Nations.” It’s a gateway to the rest of the PODs. Do POD 1 first. PODs 2–6 cover the five major groups of unreached peoples. They are summarized by the word THUMB (tribal, Hindu, unreligious, Muslim, and Buddhist). Once you’ve done POD 1, the rest can be done in any order. Do as many PODs as you prefer. Each POD contains the same six action points:
Study a passage of Scripture that describes God’s heart for the nations, along with group questions.
View powerful, short videos that speak about global missions to unreached peoples, along with group questions. Try to watch the videos if possible, but the quotes from the video (along with group discussion questions) are printed for each POD in case you can’t view them.
Discuss quotes from recommended books about global missions along with group questions. Participants are encouraged to read at least one recommended book; however, questions are provided for each study.
Learn by reading a Global Starting Point.
Respond. Each group member is encouraged to share his or her status on becoming SOGY. See below for a full explanation of SOGY.
Pray. Each group member is encouraged to share what stood out most from the meeting. Use this as a springboard into group prayer as your group prays together. This is not the time for personal prayer requests. That should be dealt with briefly at the beginning of each meeting. Each meeting is designed to last one and a half hours. Fifteen minutes should be devoted to each of the six sections. A brief prayer by the group leader at the beginning of the meeting is the recommended way to start the meeting.
Additional notes about PODs:
Do POD 1 first. POD 1 is the gateway to the rest of the PODs. The rest can be done in any order. Groups may decide to go through just one or several.
Pick your material before you start. Each POD contains more information than one group can go through in one sitting. Each group will have to decide what to cover and what to leave for personal study. We recommend picking one discussion point from each of the six segments. Remember, the meeting should last one and a half hours. This allows fifteen minutes for each segment. It is not a bad idea to have someone time each segment.
Test the video before you hold your first meeting. We strongly encourage you to make every effort to view the videos. Though the quotations are included in each week’s study, the videos are well done and communicate in a powerful medium. Don’t wait until the day of a meeting to test your linkage. Make sure you have the right adaptors and pathways before the day of your first meeting. You can use a large-screen TV, a laptop, a tablet, or even a phone screen if your group is small enough.
The videos are available in various locations. If you have an e-book, just click the links. If you have a paper book, look up the information in the footnotes at the bottom of the pages. Finally, all the videos mentioned in this book can be found in the video section of the website AllNationsGlobal.org.
SOGY: SOGY stands for “support others or go yourself.” The goal of global disciple making is for everyone to become SOGY. Supporting others involves forming a World Team (see below for a full explanation). Going yourself involves interacting with the SOGY List (see below).
World Team: A World Team is a creative and effective way to support others. It functions much like a sports fantasy team. You decide who is on your team. Use the SOGY List to recruit members to your team. Each day of the week corresponds to an unreached people group: Monday (tribal), Tuesday (Hindu), Wednesday (unreligious), Thursday (Muslim), and Friday (Buddhist). Here is how it all works:
Create your team.
Contact a mission agency listed on the SOGY List. For instance, you may contact Pioneers for Muslim peoples (Thursday).
Inform the person at the mission agency of your desire to partner with workers serving among unreached peoples.
Explain that you wish to be added to the mailing list of a few workers. Try to partner with both Americans working overseas and nationals serving in their own countries. It is a great idea to balance your team by having some of each. Try to match up with those you have affinity with: same gender, age, marital status, and so on. Families have a great time partnering with missionary families with same-aged children. Ask to be linked with people who communicate often. Realize the mission agency will not forward the workers’ contact information to you but will forward yours to them. This is for security reasons. You will also have to abide by the security guidelines included in each communique you receive. Usually this just means not forwarding or reproducing the material.
Develop your team.
Once you’re linked, decide on the type and duration of your relationship. Some people self-commit to one-year partnerships. Some people simply start out as information partners and gradually become prayer and/or financial partners. Some even progress to a well-planned personal visit. Focus on your team members by praying by day of the week and/or giving monthly to the worker(s) through their respective sending agencies.
Monday: those serving among unreached tribal peoples
Tuesday: those serving among unreached Hindu peoples
Wednesday: those serving among unreached unreligious peoples
Thursday: those serving among unreached Muslim peoples
Friday: those serving among unreached Buddhist peoples
(optional) Saturday: those serving in other capacities
(optional) Sunday: pray for your disciples.
The SOGY List: The SOGY List is used by supporters to develop their World Teams and by goers to get involved in overseas missions. You can find it in Tool Box 2.
The Learning List: The Learning List comprises websites, agencies, and events that help you to learn more about unreached peoples. You can find it in Tool Box 2.