Xcellerate is the process of making disciples that will multiply rapidly. The very name defines the process that we use for making disciples. The explanation is in the name- X-Cell-Erate. Algebraic equations use the letter X to represent the missing element of the equation. In the American church the part that is absent in most churches is a discipleship environment that reproduces disciples and creates an environment of life transformation. It’s obvious that this piece is missing because most of our churches efforts don’t result in creating a movement of discipleship.
We have discovered that when you place people into small “cell” clusters of three or more they can reproduce new disciples rapidly. We focus on providing the proper training and environment that enables this to occur.
The suffix “erate” means to cause to happen in an intensified manner. This process creates a culture that increases their maturity at a rapid pace, prompting them to reproduce quickly. Jesus invested his time and energy in a small “cell” of leaders who quickly became “erated”. In a few months they increased their “speed” to be able to lead this movement that changed the world through the work of the Holy Spirit.
The Essential Five
Taking the road of a church planter can be one of the most complicated, exhausting, and crazy paths anyone can take – we get that! So, to make things easy, we’ve laid out a simple, step-by-step process that a church planter through the Ignite Network will take to launch their church. It goes all the way from the assessment of the church planter to the follow-up after the church has launched. We call this process The Essential Five.
Essential 1 – Ignite Training Intensive
Church planters will be invited to equip and prepare their team for the training intensive experience. This phase will lead the planter through the development phase of building a team and creating a detailed strategy.
Essential 2 – Church Planter Preparation
Church planters moving forward in the process will enter a preparation phase. During this 5 month phase, planters will begin the process of working with a coach to build a strategic plan to ignite a new church. The planter will be assisted to move toward executing the detailed plan developed in the training intensive.
Essential 3 – Mentoring
Simultaneous to the launch of the new church plant, leaders will enter a multi-month mentoring phase. The first year in the life of a church plant is vital in establishing health. It is also vital for the planter to establish healthy leadership habits during this time. The coach will serve as a spiritual guide, providing leadership insight and personal care during this intense season.
Essential 4 – Continued Coaching For Success
The supervisor and coach will continue to assist the planter during the first two years of development. These 24 months are the critical months in the life of a developing church. This is the season when the church will either be a transformational community or simply a struggling group attempting to produce weekend services.
Essential 5 – Launch Team Preparation
The coach will simultaneously assist the planter to execute a strategic plan that he is developed from the get ready, get set, and get it done sequence. The planter will measure marker points along the way to determine the schedule for the preview services and the launch date. The planter will also continue to sharpen his grasp of the demographic psychographic information influencing the church plant.
Want to start an Xcellerate Group? Here’s how!
Step 1: Attend Generate 1 & 2
Step 2: Set Meeting Schedule
Step 3: Prepare Xcellerate Introduction
Step 4: Begin Bi-monthly Meetings
Step 5: Schedule Night of Prayer