Beautiful Budapest was host to the 2017 Accelerate Europe DMM training event held 26 to 30 May 2017.
Church and missions leaders from a dozen countries attended the training. After the event one experienced mission leader said: “I wanted to let you all know that I found this training event to be one of the best I have experienced in my last 14 years on the mission field. We had a very good mix of trainers (you all brought a significant range of experience), important insights into various aspects of Disciple-Making Movements, and many practical learnings and discoveries around the tables. Thanks so much for making this effort to come and inspire us.”
The 4 day training programme was intentionally designed to facilitate learning and discovery of how best to tackle the central question of:
“What will it take for European disciple makers to see self-replicating disciple making movements across the European continent - movements we don’t control or own; movements of ordinary believers, who make disciples through multiple generations, movements that have a transformative effect on families, communities, cities and nations?”
On the first day of the training an overview of movements of the gospel Accelerate was presented, Accelerate values and culture were explored, and we discovered how mentors, teams, groups and gatherings (churches) accelerate disciple making.
On day 2 teams wrestled together to understand their city better and how to find the right strategies for their team to start making disciples.
Day 3 and 4 focused on teams of disciple makers who launch groups and gatherings inside their chosen social network or affinity, and the last day: on mentors who are responsible for launching, mentoring and multiplying Accelerate teams.
The adaptive learning paradigm was followed throughout, organizational identities were left at the door and new partnerships were established.
A big thank you to the hosts and organizers who did a sterling job! The evening trips into the city, the boat ride on the Danube and the enjoyment of Hungarian cuisine made the trip even more memorable.