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R Mitchell smallHi! I’m Russ Mitchell, and I find my true identity as a follower of Jesus Christ. Following Him has taken me places of which I never dreamed! Over the last 30 years I’ve served Him as a teacher, administrator, pastor, missionary, researcher, college professor and writer, living 20 years overseas in the Dominican Republic and Romania. My greatest passion is to see the Church of Jesus Christ mobilized to declare God’s Glory among the nations.

Presently I serve as Assistant Director of Research for One Challenge  Several of my projects involve gathering and analyzing information related to fulfilling the Great Commission, and developing our field missionary research site at and training.

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Recent Posts

Key Insights from the 2017 National Church Planting Process Survey

Not all saturation church planting or disciple making processes produce equal fruit. What makes the difference? If we have limited resources, which emphases are most fruitful?

These are some of the questions posed at the beginning of the 2017 National Church Planting Processes Survey. This first-of-its-kind study aimed at assessing the effectiveness of whole-nation disciple making process, sometimes referred to as Saturation Church Planting (SCP) or DAWN Initiatives.

The results of this research exceeded expectations, yielding more significant findings than anticipated.

Here are seven key Insights found to advance nationwide disciple making processes:

  1. The “ideal” DAWN strategy is effective. 
  2. National Church Leadership is the most significant factor for developing a whole nation church planting process.
  3. “Seminars and Consultations” is the second most significant factor contributing to an effective national-wide disciple making process.
  4. Relationships are foundational to a fruitful national process.
  5. Refine the process.
  6. Think critically about it is going to take to disciple the whole nation.
  7. Success requires a long obedience in the same direction.

These insights, which when acted upon, can guide the development of effective nationwide disciple making processes.

A more thorough explanation of these seven insights is available here, including practical applications of how this research guides the development whole-nation disciple making processes as we move toward AD 2050.

See my earlier posts for other perspectives on this study.


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