Gospel DNA Snapshot

Tracking Gospel-Centered DNA Practices to Celebrate & Improve

TIMES12 doesn’t clone a particular church model when planting. However, we are fervently committed to a shared Gospel-Centered DNA when starting and strengthening churches. That means we center on Jesus and the gospel in everything we do. Jesus stays our primary focus as we make new disciples, grow faithful disciples, and multiply leaders (to stay) & planters (to go). We encourage every church plant and sending church to practice these shared commitments fruitfully while improving health. Each church will practice our shared Gospel DNA in a way that fits their cultural context and a planter or pastor’s unique gifting, vision, and team. That said, we do provide Snapshots to track the practice of Gospel DNA to help each local church celebrate progress and improve.

As you do this Snapshot, remember that there are different seasons of planting and leading a church. That means some ministry areas may not be developed yet. That does not mean there is a problem or that things aren’t going well. Answer the questions accurately and provide comments under each element of the Gospel DNA to remind yourself about what to celebrate and what still needs to improve. The final part of this Snapshot involves identifying three top priorities to pursue as you lead your church into the next season.

Gospel DNA Snapshot

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Centering on Jesus & The Gospel

FOCUS ON JESUS - focus on the person & work of Jesus so people trust & treasure him

MOTIVATE BY GRACE - motivate loyalty to King Jesus & biblical truth by the gospel of grace

PRAY PERSISTENTLY - keep asking the Father to advance Christ’s reign by the Spirit’s empowering

(Mk 1:14-15; Mt 13:44; Lk 11:1-13; 24:25-27; Jn 5:39-40; Eph 1:13-14; 4:15-16, 20-21; Col 1:5-6, 18; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Jn 4:7-12).
Is there a team/group interceding for your church regularly each week (e.g., weekly for at least an hour)?*
Rate how it is going overall with CENTERING ON JESUS & THE GOSPEL (last 12 months).*

Making New Disciples

CONTEXTUALIZE - learn personal stories & cultural worldviews to convey the gospel with clarity

EVANGELIZE LOCALLY - show love for nonbelievers & train believers to share the gospel personally

ENGAGE GLOBALLY - engage globally to help multiply disciples & churches among the nations

(Mt 4:19; Jn 4:1-45; 1 Cor 9:22-23; 2 Cor 5:15-21; Lk 15; 24:44-53; Acts 1:8; 4:31; Rom 15:14-33; Col. 4:2-6).
Does your church provide ongoing training to help believers to love the lost & share the gospel personally?*
Is your church engaged in partnering globally to help multiply disciples and churches among the nations?*
Rate how it is going overall with MAKING NEW DISCIPLES (last 12 months).*

Growing Faithful Disciples

BAPTIZE & ROOT - baptize & root new disciples and church members in gospel essentials

ACTIVATE THE BODY - activate the body to serve with gospel unity, diversity, & clarity

MULTIPLY DISCIPLE MAKERS - develop abiding disciples who make new & obedient disciples of Jesus

PREACH & SHAPE WORSHIP - preach Christ-centered expository sermons & engage worshipers

TRAIN FOR KINGDOM-LIVING - train believers to keep integrating the reign of Jesus into all of life (e.g., home, work, finances, relationships, sexual purity, justice, health, citizenship, ethics, etc.)

(Mt 28:18-20; Mk 3:13-15; Lk 10:38-42; Jn 15:1-8; Eph 3:14-21; 4:1-16; Col 3:14-17; 4:12-13; 2 Tim 3:16-4:2).
(Verses all other ethnicities/races in your church body)
Does your church consistently provide Christ-centered expository preaching and engaging worship?*
Rate how it is going overall with GROWING FAITHFUL DISCIPLES (last 12 months).*

Multiplying Leaders (To Stay) & Planters (To Go)

MULTIPLY LEADERS* - develop & multiply disciple-making leaders (to stay)

MULTIPLY ELDERS - develop & multiply disciple-making elders/pastors (to stay)

MULTIPLY PLANTERS - develop & multiply disciple-making church planters (to go)

(Lk 6:12-14; Acts 13:1-4; 14:20-23; 20:17-38; Eph 4:11-13; 1 Tim 3:1-13; 2 Tim 1:3; 2:1-2; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet 5:1-4).
*Leader = a point person for a team or group, not just a worker on a team or member in a group.
Do you have a biblically functioning elder team?*
Do you have any aspiring non-vocational elders or vocational elders/pastors currently in an intentional training or preparation process?*
Rate how it is going overall with MULTIPLYING LEADERS (TO STAY) & PLANTERS (TO GO) (last 12 months).*

Improving Health

FUND SUSTAINABLY - raise planting funds then help the church become generous & self-supporting

LEAD EFFECTIVELY - build clarity, cohesive leadership, & good systems

GROW PERSONALLY - prioritize your walk with Jesus first, then your work of planting & pastoring (utilize TIMES12’s gospel-centered resources, coaching, training, collectives, & partnerships)

(Ex 18; Lk 8:1-3; 10:7, 38-42; 1 Tim 5:17-18; Phil 1:27; 4:14-20; 2 Cor 8:20-21; Jn 17:3, 20-23, Acts 6:1-7, 14:24-28; 20:2-4).
Is your church financially self-supporting from just internal giving of tithes/offerings?*
(Note: Self-supporting = defined by us as internal giving of tithes/offerings can cover at least 1.5 full-time pastors and necessary operational expenses; in other words, the church does not require external donations for this, even though one may still choose to raise additional funds externally)
Rate how it is going overall with IMPROVING HEALTH (last 12 months).*

Celebrate and Improve

As you answered the Snapshot questions about the various elements of Gospel -Centered DNA, you’ve surfaced areas to celebrate that are going well and other areas that need to improve as you move forward in the next season of the church. Pray, praise God, and share these with your team, coach, or mentors.

CELEBRATE: Use the spaces below to list three areas to celebrate in your plant/church. What can we celebrate?
IMPROVE: Use the spaces below to list three areas to improve in your plant/church. What should we improve?
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