B4T Champions

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Goal: To discover the importance of prioritizing relationships with God and people

in the work of championing B4T.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Submit feedback on the Lesson 1 Meeting.

B4T Champion LIFE Assignments
L=Learn, I=Integrate, F=Foster, E=Enjoy
WEEK 1

L – Read John 14-17 and write down what you learn about relationships.
I – Spend 15 minutes with God without having an agenda.
I – Schedule a time this month to meet with a church leader to tell them what you are doing and ask them for prayer. Ask them if they’d be willing to meet with you every month of the B4T Champion training to update them on what you are learning and to pray with them. If they cannot meet regularly, ask if they know someone in leadership who can (e.g., another pastor, elder, deacon). This person should be a personal advocate for you to encourage you throughout the training.
F – Pray for 3 people in your sphere of influence (e.g., work friend, family member, church friend) to grow in their relationship with God and others.
F – Share with someone what you are learning about relationships.
E – Praise the Lord for being in relationship with Him and other people
E – Plan a time this month to hang out with some friends and do anything you like. Just delight in being with them!

WEEK 2

L – Read Patrick Lai’s blog entry about the importance of relationships. Record your response.
L – Read The Gospel in B4T. Then record your response.
I – Spend 15 minutes with God without having an agenda.
F – Pray for 3 people in your sphere of influence (e.g., work friend, family member, church friend) to grow in their relationship with God and others.
E – Praise the Lord for being in relationship with Him and other people.
E – Tell someone how much you value your relationship with them.

WEEK 3

L – Read “Tentmaking Rosetta Stone” (TRS).
L – Read the Tentmaking section titled “Living the Life” on pages 257-264. Respond to the questions about relationship.
I – Spend 15 minutes with God without having an agenda.
F – Pray for 3 people in your sphere of influence (e.g., work friend, family member, church friend) to grow in their relationship with God and others.
F – Share with someone what you are learning about relationships.
E – Praise the Lord for being in relationship with Him and other people.

WEEK 4

L – Watch the “Up Close” video and in your words write down what you think B4T is all about. Record your response.
I – Spend 15 minutes with God without having an agenda.
F – Pray for 3 people in your sphere of influence (e.g., work friend, family member, church friend) to grow in their relationship with God and others.
E – Praise the Lord for being in relationship with Him and other people.
E – Tell someone how much you value your relationship with them.

Want to go deeper in this topic?

Read Calvary Road by Roy Hession.
Read A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards.
Read 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice by Mark and Patti Virkler.
Watch Mark Virkler’s 2-part series on “4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice”:
Part 1
Part 2

Goal: To develop a biblical ecclesiology in our lives

and understanding that honors the Church as God’s spiritual authority on earth,

including the work of B4T.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Submit feedback on the Lesson 2 Meeting.

B4T Champion LIFE Assignments
L=Learn, I=Integrate, F=Foster, E=Enjoy
WEEK 1

L – Read Revelation 2-3. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how Jesus feels about the churches He is addressing. Record what you learn.
L – Listen to “Glory in the Church” by Devin Dickel. Then record your response.
I – If you are not not already, take steps toward becoming a serving member of a local church.
I – Spend time praying for your church leaders and the churches in your city.
I – Schedule a follow-up meeting sometime this month with the church leader that is praying for you. Update them about your meetings with the other leaders and pray with them.
F – Identify the key leaders in your church in the area of Church Planting (be aware they may not have official roles). Schedule a time to meet this month to share the Church Core Purpose material with them. Record notes and any ideas they generate.
E – Praise the Lord for the many benefits of being included as part of His church.

WEEK 2

L – Read “Jesus’ Church” by Devin Dickel. Pick two of Jesus’ titles from the Appendix, read the Biblical context and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the church’s corollary identity. Record what He shows you.
I – Begin Church mapping by first asking the question, “What do we already have?” Make a list of all the strategic resources already in place at your church. (e.g., Missions mindset? Business community? Vibrant youth culture? Leadership who gets it? Influence? Availability? Other?)
I – Spend time praying for your church leaders and the churches in your city.
F – If possible, invite a church leader to visit you at your workplace sometime this month.
F – Pray for the Church Planting leaders in your church
E – Praise the Lord for the many benefits of being included as part of His church.

WEEK 3

L – Read one of Paul’s epistles. Record something new you learned about the church.
I – Spend time praying for your church leaders and the churches in your city.
I – Share a work-related problem with a church leader and ask them for prayer.
F – Share with someone what you are learning about church-centeredness.
F – Pray for the Church Planting leaders in your church.
E – Praise the Lord for the many benefits of being included as part of His church.
E – Find a way to be with members of your church outside of normal services just to enjoy their fellowship.

WEEK 4

L – Read Tentmaking (if needed, review TRS) section titled “Church/Para-Church Ministry” on pages 107-108. Also read Chapter 10. Respond to questions about Church-Centeredness.
I – Spend time praying for your church leaders and the churches in your city.
F – Share with someone (ideally outside the Church) the benefits you’ve experienced of being part of your local church.
F – Pray for the Church Planting leaders in your church.
E – Praise the Lord for the many benefits of being included as part of His church.
E – Tell a church leader or elder how much you appreciate their leadership in the church.

Want to go deeper in this topic?

Read Ekklesia by Ed Silvoso.
Read The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch.
Watch the Core Purposes video by OPEN.
Read “Overcoming the Church and Business Divide by Devin Don.

Goal: To discover the WHY of B4T and begin to embody this purpose in our lives.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Submit feedback on the Lesson 3 Meeting.

B4T Champion LIFE Assignments
L=Learn, I=Integrate, F=Foster, E=Enjoy
WEEK 1

L – Watch “Our Obligation to the Unreached–Part 1” by David Platt. Record your response.
I – Download the Joshua Project app called Unreached of the Day (or visit the website at joshuaproject.net). Read and pray over 3 unreached people groups this week.
I – Schedule a follow-up meeting sometime this month with the church leader that is praying for you. Update them about your meetings with the other leaders and pray with them.
F – Identify the key leaders in your church in the area of Missions (be aware they may not have official roles). Schedule a time to meet this month to share the Church Core Purpose material with them. Record notes and any ideas they generate.
E – Spend time worshiping the Lord for His promise to bless all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:3) and for gathering worshipers from every nation (Revelation 7:9).

WEEK 2

L – Read “How Much Is Left to Do in the Great Commission?” by John Piper. Record your response.
I – Read and pray over 3 unreached people groups on the Unreached of the Day app this week.
I – Start or grow a friendship with someone from one of the unreached THUMB groups: Tribal (Animistic), Hindu, Unreligious (from country of origin like China as an example), Muslim, or Buddhist.
F – Pray for the Missions leaders in your church.
F – Take a friend to visit (or pray over) a temple, mosque, or ethnic marketplace.
E – Spend time worshiping the Lord for His promise to bless all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:3) and for gathering worshipers from every nation (Revelation 7:9).

WEEK 3

L – Read “The Bible as a Missions Story” from the Traveling team and look up all the references in the “For Further Study” section at the end. Record your response.
I – Read and pray over 3 unreached people groups on the Unreached of the Day app this week.
I – Pick one of the unreached people groups you have been praying for. Create an outline for how your church could practically go about reaching this whole group with the Gospel (i.e., timeline, resources needed, number of churches needing to be planted, strategic cities to target, entry strategy, exit strategy, etc.).
F – Pray for the Missions leaders in your church.
E – Spend time worshiping the Lord for His promise to bless all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:3) and for gathering worshipers from every nation (Revelation 7:9).

WEEK 4

L – Watch Patrick Lai’s video devotion about the apostle Peter. Record your response.
I – Read and pray over 3 unreached people groups on the Unreached of the Day app this week.
F – Pray for the Missions leaders in your church.
F – Tell a friend what you’ve been learning about God’s heart for the nations.
E – Eat a meal at an ethnic restaurant with a friend. Order something delicious!
E – Spend time worshiping the Lord for His promise to bless all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:3) and for gathering worshipers from every nation (Revelation 7:9).

Want to go deeper in this topic?

Read God’s Bottom Line by Bob Sjogren.
Read When Everything is Missions by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison.
Read Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper.
Read the scriptures related to the nations listed in this article.
Sign up for a Perspectives Course near you or online.
Take a group from your church to an Engage Global weekend training in the Twin Cities.
Invite the Traveling Team to host an event at your church.
Study about the nations of the world at the Operation World or Joshua Project website.
Attend the annual Finishing the Task conference at Saddleback Church in California.

Goal: To discover the HOW of B4T,

beginning with learning how to think rightly about work

so that God is properly included in everything.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Submit feedback on the Lesson 4 Meeting.

B4T Champion LIFE Assignments
L=Learn, I=Integrate, F=Foster, E=Enjoy
WEEK 1

L – Read Genesis 1-2. What do you notice about God as a worker, and what do you notice about man’s original design as a worker? Record your response.
L – Listen to “WorKship” by Patrick Lai. Record your response.
I – Dedicate your work to God. Write a specific dedication.
I – Incorporate holistic language like “worKship” or avodah in one conversation this week.
I – Invite God into the specific details of your work every day this week.
I – Schedule a follow-up meeting sometime this month with the church leader that is praying for you. Update them about your meetings with the other leaders and pray with them.
F – Identify the key leaders in your church in the area of Business (be aware they may not have official roles). Schedule a time to meet this month to share the Church Core Purpose material with them. Record notes and any ideas they generate.
E – Praise the Lord for creating us to reflect His image through our work assignments.

WEEK 2

L – Spend an hour or more browsing theologyofwork.org. Find two good articles you’d like to share with the group. Record them here.
I – Incorporate holistic language like “worKship” or avodah in one conversation this week.
I – Invite God into the specific details of your work every day this week.
F – Share one of the articles you found with a friend and ask them to discuss it with you.
F – Pray for the Business leaders in your church.
E – With a brother or sister in the faith, praise the Lord that He receives our work as worship and that our work is not wasted, but instead brings forth that which is for the common good.

WEEK 3

L – Read Proverbs and record what you learn about work. Try to distinguish between orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
L – Watch the Betenbough Homes video and look for evidence of their orthodoxy of work. Record your response.
I – Incorporate holistic language like “worKship” or avodah in one conversation this week.
I – Invite God into the specific details of your work every day this week.
F – Begin organizing an Up-Close, 4Ws, or other event at your church for 3-6 months from now. Contact strategic relationships to partner with you in this effort. Record those contacts and other ideas for this.
F – Pray for the Business leaders in your church.
E – Praise the L.ord for creating us to reflect His image through our work assignments.

WEEK 4

L – Read “Chapter 2: Understanding Business for Transformation” from Business for Transformation: Getting Started by Patrick Lai. Respond to the questions.
I – Incorporate holistic language like “worKship” or avodah in one conversation this week.
I – Invite God into the specific details of your work ever yday this week.
F – Tell a friend what you’ve been learning about the orthodoxy of work.
F – Pray for the Business leaders in your church.
F – Begin gathering together a group of motivated people in your church for a meeting (or series of meetings) in which you can brainstorm together actionable steps to pursue that are specific to your community. Include the following topics: Resources, Opportunities, Weaknesses/Threats, Ideas for Events, Ideas for Establishing Core Purpose Culture, Goals and Objectives to be accomplished. Record notes on the meeting.
E – With a brother or sister in the faith, praise the Lord that He receives our work as worship and that our work is not wasted, but instead brings forth that which is for the common good.

Want to go deeper in this topic?

Read Business for the Glory of God by Wayne Grudem.
Read Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Tim Keller.
Read Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work by Tom Nelson.
Watch Growing a Missional Congregation: Digging Up Our Bitter Roots by Devin Don.
Watch Kingdom at Work Virtual playlist.

Orthodoxy of Work Blogs and Resources
Theology of Work: theologyofwork.org
Made to Flourish resource library: madetoflourish.org/common-good
The Gospel Coalition resource library on work and vocation: resources.thegospelcoalition.org
Denver Institute for Faith and Work blog: denverinstitute.org/blog
Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics blog: tifwe.org/blog

Goal: To continue discovering the HOW of B4T

by building on the foundation of right belief about work (orthodoxy)

to help form right practices (orthopraxy) in our work.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Submit feedback on the Lesson 5 Meeting.

B4T Champion LIFE Assignments
L=Learn, I=Integrate, F=Foster, E=Enjoy
WEEK 1

L – Meditate on the story of Joseph in Genesis 39-41 and record your observations on how he labored in each of his roles. What specific practices stand out to you?
ICreate a personal plan for growing in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge during this month. Share with someone to help hold you accountable.
I – Ask the Lord to help you work with all your heart and might as unto him each workday this month. Journal about any areas you struggle with then take them before the Lord.
I – Schedule a follow-up meeting sometime this month with the church leader that is praying for you. Update them about your meetings with the other leaders and pray with them.
F – Take the time to share a helpful practice you’ve been mastering with a co-worker or friend so as to help them develop greater professional expertise in their life.
F – Identify the key leaders in your church in the areas of Prayer and Praise (be aware they may not have official roles). Schedule a time to meet this month to share the Church Core Purpose material with them. Record notes and any ideas they generate.
F – Schedule a time this month to invite friends and/or co-workers to watch Poverty, Inc. with you. Record your response.
E – Praise the Lord for giving us the power to enjoy our work! (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20)

WEEK 2

L – Listen to the LeadStep podcast episode on Leading for Transformation. Record your response.
I – Ask the Lord to help you work with all your heart and might as unto him each workday this month. Journal about any areas you struggle with, then take them before the Lord.
F – Schedule a meeting this month with partners to plan the BAM/B4T/FWE event in your area. What is the agenda? Speakers? Partners? Vision/Theme of event? Follow-up assignments for attendees? For reference, see the Up Close meeting templates for: Admin Instructions, Meeting Agenda, Sample Invitation Letter, Flyer, Event Reminder, and RSVP.
F – Pray for the Prayer and Praise leaders in your church.
E – Praise the Lord for giving us the power to enjoy our work! (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20)

WEEK 3

L – Read Paul’s warning to the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15. What do you learn about the teaching/tradition Paul expects from the church related to work? Record your response.
I – Ask the Lord to help you work with all your heart and might as unto him each workday this month. Journal about any areas you struggle with, then take them before the Lord.
F – Take the time to share a helpful practice you’ve been mastering with a co-worker or friend so as to help them develop greater professional expertise in their life.
F – Pray for the Prayer and Praise leaders in your church.
E – Tell a co-worker how much you enjoy working with them and how their excellent work enhances your life.

WEEK 4

L – Read Tentmaking (if needed, review TRS) pages 169-172 and 221-227. Respond to questions about this text.
I – Ask the Lord to help you work with all your heart and might as unto him each workday this month. Journal about any areas you struggle with then, take them before the Lord.
F – Discuss what you are learning about the orthopraxy of work with a friend.
F – Pray for the Prayer and Praise leaders in your church.
E – Praise the Lord for giving us the power to enjoy our work! (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20)

Want to go deeper in this topic?

Read Anointed for Business by Ed Silvoso.
Read Wisdom’s Guiding Principles to Building a Thriving Business by Jonathan Carpenter.
Listen to Bill Job in Orthopraxy of Work.

Orthopraxy of Work Blogs and Resources
Faith Driven Entrepreneur: faithdrivenentrepreneur.org
Business as Mission Blog: businessasmission.com/blog
BAM Global Reports: bamglobal.org/reports
Praxis Labs: Rule of Life Handbook
Significant Matters SAT Talks Videos: significantmatters.com

Goal: To discover the importance of discipleship in the life of the B4T Champion and provide some ideas for engaging in it.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Submit feedback on the Lesson 6 Meeting.

B4T Champion LIFE Assignments
L=Learn, I=Integrate, F=Foster, E=Enjoy
WEEK 1

L – Read 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon and record what you learn about Paul’s discipleship relationships. How does he show transparency and accountability? Where can you see evidence of a father’s heart?
I – If not doing so already, pray for and seek out one or more people in your community to mentor you in a discipleship relationship.
I – Create a list of 3-5 names of co-workers/neighbors/friends who you will intentionally pray for, love, and proclaim good news to this month. Write up a plan for doing this. Ask your mentor to hold you accountable to this plan.
I – Schedule a follow-up meeting sometime this month with the church leader that is praying for you. Update them about your meetings with the other leaders and pray with them.
F – If not doing so already, pray for and seek out one or more people in your community who you can begin mentoring in a discipleship relationship.
F – Identify the key leaders in your church in the areas of Discipleship (be aware they may not have official roles). Schedule a time to meet this month to share the Church Core Purpose material with them. Record notes and any ideas they generate.
F – Schedule a follow up meeting with strategic leaders in your community to continue planning a customized event around the topic of BAM/B4T/FWE. Try to get a date on the calendar.
E – Praise Jesus for modeling discipleship to us and for providing mentors in our lives from whom we’ve gained so much.

WEEK 2

L – Watch Vince Miller’s message about discipleship. What did you learn about discipleship relationships? What did you learn about the lifestyle of discipleship? Record your response.
I – Update your mentor on how you are doing with your plan to pray, love and share good news with the names on your list.
F – Pray for the Discipleship leaders in your church.
E – Do something fun with your mentee that you both enjoy (watch a football game together, eat out, go get coffee, have a game night, etc.).
E – Praise Jesus for modeling discipleship to us and for providing mentors in our lives from whom we’ve gained so much.

WEEK 3

L – Read Patrick Lai’s 5-part blog series on Discipleship. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Write about one thing you learn and one thing you want to apply in your life. Record your response.
I – Update your mentor on how you are doing with your plan to pray, love and share good news with the names on your list.
F – Do a prayer walk or service project or evangelism outreach together with your mentee.
F – Pray for the Discipleship leaders in your church.
E – Praise Jesus for modeling discipleship to us and for providing mentors in our lives from whom we’ve gained so much.
E – Write a note to your mentors, thanking them for their role in your life.

WEEK 4

L – Watch this short video about dominoes. How does this relate to heart of discipleship? Record your response.
L – Read Patrick Lai’s quotes in Tentmaking (if needed, review TRS) on discipleship and then answer the corresponding questions.
I – Update your mentor on how you are doing with your plan to pray, love and share good news with the names on your list.
F – Pray for the Discipleship leaders in your church.
F – Begin recruiting others from your church and community to participate in the next B4T Champions group to be led by you.
E – Praise Jesus for modeling discipleship to us and for providing mentors in our lives from whom we’ve gained so much.

Want to go deeper in this topic?

Watch Devin Dickel’s message to Grace Church Southern Pines, Sept 2019: “Work, Workers, and the Church.
Read Doing Life With: A Mentoring Approach to Making Christ Followers by Jerry Daley.
Read Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples by Robby Gallaty.
Read The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Read Prayer Evangelism by Ed Silvoso.
Read Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni.
Watch Francis Chan’s preaching on discipleship.
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4

Congratulations! You have completed all the training to become a B4T Champion.

You have learned about investing deeply in relationships,

honoring God’s Church as primary in His strategy to reach the world,

teaching others to live out the Front and Back Wheels of B4T,

and engaging in a lifestyle of discipleship.

You are equipped to keep the ancient, biblical practice of B4T going into the future until Christ returns!

The only question now is, “Will you?”

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Submit feedback on the Lesson 7 Meeting.

May He who began a good work in you, carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 1:6)

FINAL ASSIGNMENTS

Please take time to reflect on all that you have experienced and learned this last 7 months, ask the Lord what role He wants you to play, and leave your feedback by clicking the links below. Thank you!

Seek the Lord in prayer about what He wants your ongoing contribution to the work of B4T to be. Record response here.
Submit feedback online, regarding the whole B4T Champions Training.

Want to go deeper in this topic?

Read Behold the Lamb: The history, life and dream of the Moravian Church by Peter Hoover.
Read A History of the Moravian Church by Joseph Edmund Hutton
Read Business for Transformation: Getting Started by Patrick Lai.
Read Scatter: Go Therefore and Take Your Job With You by Andrew Scott.
Read The Marketspace by Larry McCrary.
Read Transformation by Ed Silvoso.
Listen to “On the Wings of Business” by Andre Mann.

Stay current with Business as Mission/Business for Transformation blogs:
Patrick Lai’s blog: b4tblog.com
Scatter Global blog: scatterglobal.com/blog
BAM blog: businessasmission.com/blog

The book Tentmaking by Patrick Lai is a staple in the B4T World. We have broken it up here into a suggested reading plan. This breakdown is optional.

Month 1: Chapters 1-4

Month 2: Chapters 5-7

Month 3: Chapters 8-10

Month 4: Chapters 11-13

Month 5: Chapters 14-16

Month 6: Chapters 17-18

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