At the heart of the way Dignity works is a belief that God has already placed people in communities to be his people there. Our role is to seek out those people and equip ad encourage them. Right now we believe we are taking the next 2 strategic step forward in doing this!
‘They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour.’
Step 1: Our first step on this journey was to help people start Life Groups in their communities. In 2008 we worked in 5 pastors in one area and saw 10 Life Groups begin.
Step 2: In 2011 we took our next strategic step forward and established the first Impact Team in Luapula, Zambia. Now we were teaching people how to teach others how to plant Life Groups. We saw a marked growth in Life Group numbers where the Impact Team was in operation. We have continued to plant Impact Teams ever since. They continue to help others plant Life Groups.
Step 3: When the number of Life Groups passed 300 we took our next strategic step in 2015. We encouraged Life Group leaders to form area “clusters” where they could share experiences and ideas and help one another. Working together and with support from their local Impact Teams, Life Group leaders began to take increased ownership of the vision and dynamic of Life Groups in their area.
Right now we are taking 2 more strategic steps.
Step 4: In Zambia we are establishing a monthly leaders meeting. Every month, each Impact Team is represented by 1 member at a central gathering. Each team can share their ideas for the work in their area, the challenges they face and the successes they have seen. Collectively the teams can set the direction and develop our working model to respond to what they see and hear from Life Groups. We are excited to see the God-given potential of these people being released further!
Step 5: As the Zambian team continues to mature we are able to begin looking at how we can equip others to reproduce the success of Life Groups wherever they are. Earlier this year God brought an idea to the forefront for us and has been opening doors for us ever since. In order to equip others to be the pioneers of Life Groups wherever God is calling them to we’ve written The Away Kit which gives a set of tools to begin Life Groups anywhere the reader has connections with people, whether that’s a mission context or at home. The Away Kit is currently available in digital format for free and comes with a complimentary copy of Plant, our training for new Life Groups.
We are expectantly excited to see what God has in store as more and more people become oaks of righteousness in their communities!