Welcome to Expedition

An expedition is "an organized group preparing to go on a journey for a specific purpose."

We will be on preparing together for 8 sessions to enhance your leadership and disciple making skills so you can go further on the journey of multiplying disciples.

Session Schedule:

Session Focus Date Time Location Comments
Introduction Overview of Expedition, expectations, and scheduling Nov 29 7pm James' house Dessert
Session 1The Bible Centered LeaderDec 136pm-8pmJames' houseDinner
Session 2Growing a hunger for the WordDec 206pm-8pmJames' housePizza
Session 3
Be Transformed: Contemplative Practices and Spiritual Disciplines

Jan 36pm-8pmJames' houseDinner
Session 4
Base Camp - The MVF Discipleship Strategy



Jan 106pm-8pmJames' houseDinner
Session 5Powerful Questions
Jan 176pm-8pmJames' houseDinner
Session 6Seeking Kingdom
Feb 7
6pm-8pmJames' houseDinner
Session 7Multiplication: Making Disciples who Make Disciples
Feb 14
6pm-8pmJames' houseDinner
Session 8Leadership for Groups and Growth
Mar 7
6pm-8pmJames' houseDinner

Prep for Session #7

Session #7 will be on Thursday February 14, 6pm, at the James' house.

Homework ActionEstimated timeNotes
Gospel of Mark - Lesson 7
I'll have copies for you in the notebook.
3-4hours
Pray about who you are going to disciple 1x1. Pray about what you will do with this person to help them grow.
Repeated prayer this week
I'm going to ask you their name and your plan

Online Kindle Reader

Instead of buying paper copies of all of the books, we have decided to create an online Kindle library. If you do not have the Kindle app already, you can download it for your phone, iPad, and both iOS and Windows computers. Then use the login information below to start your access to the library.


If you already have an personal Kindle account, I would suggest you use the online reader through your favorite browser instead of switching between the two accounts on your mobile device.


The online reader can be accessed by:

1. Go to https://read.amazon.com

2. Log in using:

Username - sherpa@mvfcolorado.com

Password - John15:16


Please do not "check out" or "loan" books from the library. Loaned books cannot be read by others until you check it back in.  Instead, read out of this account.  Multiple people can access the library and books at the same time.


Preparation for Session #1

Session #1 will be Thursday Dec 13 at 6pm at the James' house.

Homework Action Estimated time Notes
Read Henri Nouwen In the Name of Jesus
See notes below on how to access the Expedition Kindle library
90 minutes
Write down 2-3 quotes or concepts that impacted you
Read the Gospel of Mark in a single sitting.
Time yourself to get a base line of your scripture reading speed.
60-90 minutes

Take the Spiritual Gifts Inventory (20 minutes)
First read this introduction to spiritual gifts
Then register and take the test
At the bottom of the form, send the results to your own email.  Then forward them to me (mike@mvfcolorado.com)
20 minutes

Take the Bible Mastery and Proficiency Instrument (BMPI).
This assessment will be used to check your overall Bible knowledge and which section, book or Bible characters are your "core" sections. The assessment is difficult and humbling... but do not be discouraged! Most seminary graduates will only score 50-60% on each section. Answer each section in one sitting. Not open book! You should not use your Bible, Google or anything else for the answers. Use "I do not know" as an answer if you do not responsibly know the answer (in other words, don't take wild guesses).

After you complete the different assessments, Mike will send you the results via email. The assessments are not grading you as much as just helping you understand your own gifts, growth and core Bible focus.

3 hours Try to complete this over 2-3 days

Preparation for Session #2

Session #2 will be on Dec 20, 6pm, at the James' house.

Homework Action Estimated time Notes
Gospel of Mark - Lesson 1.
I'll have copies for you in the notebook.
You will go through the entire Gospel again. It is OK to break up the reading this time between different sittings.
2 hours
Start Peterson's Eat This Book.
Read preface and part 1 (chapters 1 to 5).
I have 2 hard copies along with the Kindle library.
2 hours Write down 2-3 quotes or concepts that impacted you
Get started reading Spader's 4 Chair Discipling. What you can fit in

Prep for Session #3

Session #3 will be on Thursday January 3, 6pm, at the James' house.

Homework Action Estimated time Notes
Gospel of Mark - Lesson 2.
I'll have copies for you in the notebook.
1 hour
Finish Peterson's Eat This Book.
Chapters 6-9
2:30 hours Write down 2-3 quotes or concepts that impacted you
Read Spader's 4 Chair Discipling.
I have several hard copies along with the Kindle
2:30 hours

Complete Your Identity in Christ from Ephesians exercise 1:30 hours total You can do this with a partner

Preparation for Session #5

Session #5 will be on Jan17, 6pm, at the James' house.

Homework ActionEstimated timeNotes
Gospel of Mark - Lesson 4 (Pages 21-32)
Jesus direction changes towards Jerusalem
2-4 hours
Complete 2 contemplative readings on natural units in one of your core books.
1 hoursYou can use whatever contemplative method you want for each reading
Finish Spader's 4 Chair Discipling.1-2 hours

Preparation for Session #6

Session #6 will be on Feb 7, 6pm, at the James' house.

Homework ActionEstimated timeNotes
Gospel of Mark - Lesson 5 (Pages 33-36)
Holy Week Chronology
2-3 hours
Complete 2 additional contemplative readings on natural units in one of your core books.
1 hoursYou can use whatever contemplative method you want for each reading
Read the following articles:
- Spiritual Maturity
- Bible Study: The five stages of spiritual growth
- Ellisen's "What is God Trying to Do?"
- Ladd's "The Gospel of the Kingdom" (in your notebook)
2 hours
Note: Ignore the "Return to lesson 3" notes in Ladd's article.
Optional:
Read Winter's article "The Kingdom Strikes Back"
1 hour


Homework ActionEstimated timeNotes
Proof read a new version of the Ephesians study (you don't need to actually do the study, just let me know what you think)
20 minutes
Email your edits/tweaks/ comments
Complete 2 additional contemplative readings on natural units in one of your core books. (Bringing the total to 4 for this session)
1 hourUse the method you have used the least