The Lab is the third stage in the disciple-making community journey. We created it specifically for those who sense a call to a more intentional focus on ministry.
According to Dr. Bobby Clinton, 70% of young leaders who start in ministry will not finish well. His research indicates the main reason for this is a lack of intimacy with God. Their “roots” are simply not strong enough to survive the storms of opposition—or the temptations—one faces occasionally in ministry. We want to address that!
Participants experience deep relationships, open conversations, intentional spiritual formation and hands-on ministry. Besides spending time with our Directors, Alan and Barbara Amavisca, Lab participants will start and facilitate their own Disciple-Making Communities under the coaching of one of our NCP missionaries.
Lab participants go deep with Jesus, acquire core ministry skills, and develop life-long relationships with others in The Lab in order to flourish in ministry. This is accomplished as we spend time together eating and discussing how to make disciples over God's Word and in prayer.
NOTE: There is a small fee for the Lab to cover the cost of meals.
What happens after someone graduates from the Lab? We invest in Lab participants in order to
increase the likelihood that they will finish well—whatever their vocation. We seek to cultivate a
life of devotion to Jesus, and a foundational understanding of what Holy Spirit empowered
ministry looks and feels like. We emphasize living transparently and authentically - valuing
accountability in order to avoid the pitfalls of autonomous leadership.
In addition, participation in The Lab is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to become an NCP
We walk through adversity and love others patiently because we are confident in God's character and calling
Since Jesus came not for results, but for relationship we pursue a growing relationship with Him and others
We dare to do great and simple things in obedience to God’s leading; We also trust those charged with leading ministry
In our community each of us seeks to serve, help, love and lift burdens off one another, following Jesus' example
We belong and experience the love of Christ together
Vulnerability, honesty, and consistency characterize our life
We are a collective conduit of God's marvelously lavished grace
A spirit of thankfulness permeates our relationships with God and one another