In 2013, the state ministries of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, and Healthy Growing Churches forged a partnership to spark a multiplication movement in the region. This partnership has indeed sparked a critical conversation that is leading more and more churches who are making disciples who make disciples and reproducing by starting other new churches.
We have learned that if we are going to continue to see this kind of multiplication continue and gain momentum we need an engine. That engine is disciple making churches! To see this engine continue to develop in the region we needed the number of disciple making churches to increase rapidly. Therefore, the latest development in our regional partnership is the Mission 120 Initiative. Mission 120 is a venture to raise up and resource 120 disciple making churches in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The goal is to see 40 of those churches in Indiana, 60 in Ohio, and 20 in Michigan.
This is not a program. This is not a silver bullet.
However, we believe this venture will accelerate the number of churches in Indiana and our partner states that have clear pathways for disciple making to multiple generations. We also believe this kind of intentional disciple making will lead to church start other churches. We felt it was very important to define two important phrases as we embarked on the journey of raising up 120 disciple making churches. Those phrases are biblical disciples and disciple making churches. We define those this way: