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The lost need our help to find their way to Christ. Finally, by innovative merging of time-tested, biblical methods, we have an effective, modern, yet low-tech way to reach them!

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There are countless Christian and evangelistic resources available for those who are hungry to know and share the truth, and with the information age, there would seem no need for us to try to replicate them; however, we could find no single resource that pulled them all together.

We started what eventually wound up becoming the LYNCnetwork, because, honestly, we couldn’t find anyone to show us how to make this Christian life work in our culture—like it did in Scripture. Though we surely don’t claim any credentials to do as good of a job as those who have gone before us, we have tried to tie many great resources and concepts together in a way that will help us grow in Christ—and help us reach out to bring others into the family.

To make a really long story short, after years of seeking solutions to the problems we’ve seen, we have come up with these tools for the church—and we want to share them with you.

A network of Chaplains to fulfill the Great Commission

What we have started is a grassroots network of Neighborhood Chaplains. Each adopts a neighborhood, street, or a part of one, and regularly visits their neighbors with the truth and hope of Christ. They are trained to properly address the varied worldviews and needs they will encounter in their neighborhood ministry.

It’s really just followers of Christ obeying the word of God, but it has some nomenclature and structure that are somewhat palatable to our culture (as much as you can make stumbling blocks and rocks palatable).

Comprehensive Training Tools for Laypeople

“Great Commission Conversations” is a concise, well-rounded, simple-to-understand, inexpensively printed guidebook that details the use of the LYNCnetwork’s tools. It includes:

  • A guide for evangelistic conversations
  • Key articles on apologetics & evangelism
  • Basic doctrine and discipleship training
  • Instructions for training other Chaplains and setting up Cross Training Meetings.

Chaplain training also includes on-the-job “shadowing” with experienced chaplains.

Cross Training Meetings— Neighborhood believers and new Chaplains are trained, pray, and fellowship in a network of neighborhood based Cross Training Meetings.

Here are some of the details

To lay out the needs and the solutions more fully, here are some details—though greatly abbreviated, considering the weight and complexity of these topics.

It’s time to bring home some great ideas

In recent decades the church has realized some important processes that must be present for the Great Commission to be fulfilled. Two of these concepts are at the heart of the LYNCnetwork. Again, no need to preach to the choir, but we will briefly mention them as a way of introduction to our method and solution, and as conceptual confirmation of their value.

  • The coveted and longed for multiplication of disciples: Even Billy Graham, the mass evangelist of our age, wrote of and encouraged us to embrace the truth of this necessity for ultimate church growth.
  • Indigenous missionaries: We must use our resources wisely and match the message (and ofttimes the messenger) to the culture. We must “be all things to all men, that some might be saved.”

These ideas are Biblical solutions, but they haven’t hit close to home in America…

Think about it from a missions standpoint; there are few indigenous American missionaries who are losing their lives for Christ, leaving all and going from village to village, preaching the Gospel, and making disciples. Instead, we expect the world to come to us, enter our buildings, and—from their perspective—pay us to tell them about Jesus. What, are we not Americans?  Do we not know this is the world’s view of us?  Yet we continue as we have, preaching a foreign gospel to a calcified, skeptical, post-christian culture.

These concepts have not successfully penetrated into American Church culture (in a significant, widespread manner), and that is the problem.  How do we make that happen?  How do we break free from our traditions that are restraining the Word of God from reaching the hearts of those in our nation?

We give a little more detailed description of the problems we see in the Church on a separate page (see “The Problem”). We tucked it away there because most of us can see the problems, we want to introduce and emphasize a solution.

To recap, we need indigenous missionaries of the cross to make deep, personal application of the gospel to each individual—to make disciples. When this is repeated, we multiply. Not a new idea—but how do we get that to happen?

The LYNCnetwork Solution

At the core, we believe what is missing is the gift of the evangelist in the local church; not the person who comes by once a year for a week or so, but the Biblical evangelist who is a member of the local body of believers. He must be able to engage the skeptical ideas of our culture and bring truth to bear upon each member/attendee and the surrounding community.

Why do we think this would help all of the problems outlined above?

  1. An evangelist focuses on the narrow gate—the cross, the Gospel—through which we entered—and which also gives us the power to continue. This focus reminds us of what is the only way we can do what God has called us to do.
  2. This focus is passed on to all the members through the evangelist’s relationship with each member, ever confirming, challenging, and solidifying each member’s own faith.
  3. This local evangelist would also train them to multiply and do the work of evangelism in and outside the church.

But where does this person come from? It would be unrealistic to expect this minister of the Gospel to be put on staff at every church, in fact, it might take many of them for a church of any size. But what if there was another way to get the same job done?

Most believe the great commission is directed toward all believers—that we are all commanded to “do the work of an evangelist,” “to give a reason for the hope that is in us.” The LYNCnetwork has a plan to train all believers to share and defend their faith, and as they do, many will rise up as evangelists in the local church; some will even be sent out, to then stir up many more. The beauty of it all is that it can start with anyone at any time, with no money, and no support.

Enter: The Neighborhood Chaplains

A volunteer Neighborhood Chaplain adopts their street or neighborhood, depending on how much time he or she has to commit to the job. This chaplain makes door-to-door neighborhood ministry visits, offering prayer, encouragement, and spiritual guidance—which all begin and end at the cross. If physical limitations prohibit going from door to door outside, the same concept can be carried out in a Nursing Home, shelter, hospital, hospice, or any other indoor residential facility.

In-person, "on-the-job" training

Any follower of Christ can be trained to be a Chaplain. They usually would accompany another Chaplain for on-the-job training, and the guidebook, “Great Commission Conversations,” is a free resource outlining everything needed to get started, and finish well. Many mature believers just need to see the concept and how some of the details work, and their prior experience and life in the Lord may equip them to launch immediately. By reason of time, they would have been teachers, but had no outlet—now they do.

Follow-up and continued witness

Chaplains make regular visits to their neighbors much the way a parish minister did in days of old. Follow-up is built in, as he gets to know each person on his regular route.  Over the days, weeks, and months, the Chaplain shares his own testimony, answers spiritual, philosophical, and religious questions, and initiates conversations around key questions that help each person get to the heart of their own spiritual position, condition, and need. The LYNCnetwork guidebook and training are designed to show Chaplains how to bring people to a knowledge of the truth and to a decision—not only to believe in redemption, but to follow Christ with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind.

“How can they preach unless they are sent?”

Chaplains can volunteer part-time, in their spare time, or can go full-time by several different means. Many retired people can just use their retirement time well! They can still bear fruit in their old age, redeeming the time they have left on this earth by fulfilling their ministry of reconciliation. Others can be sent or sponsored by family, individuals, or churches.

Once part-time volunteer experience has been established, chaplains can also choose to live as Biblical missionaries in America (or in any country!). Leaving all, and finding a “son of peace” who wants to see his neighborhood reached, a chaplain can live in that home and preach the gospel in their neighborhood until new Chaplains and meetings are established, and then, moving on to the next neighborhood, repeat the process. Simple. Biblical.

Cross Training Meetings

Much of the Chaplain’s teaching and work is done on the front porch, but for those that have made a decision for Christ through his work, and for the Christians in the neighborhood that have met through the Chaplain and want to see God move on the hearts of their neighbors, there is a neighborhood based, cross-denominational place for believers to fellowship, pray, and “continue steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine.” Cross Training meetings are not a substitution for regular church, but a close-to-home supplement that includes caring for your physical neighbors, and doesn’t require you to drive across town to attend.

Cross Training Meetings are friendly Question and Answer Sessions for the seekers that come to them, and apologetics and cross-centered discipleship training for believers.

The LYNCnetwork guidebook, “Great Commission Conversations,” is also the training manual for these meetings. The discipleship section focuses on core, essential doctrines that promote obedience based maturity of the believer (as opposed to knowledge based “maturity”).

The guidebook and the Meetings work together to bring God’s Word and truth to hearts. It’d be nice if we could “read ourselves into maturity” through the many resources available, but there needs to be a face-to-face interaction— flesh wrapped around these truths; the neighborhood chaplains and meetings help fill the gaps that the spectator-sport, traditional church structure in the west has left unfilled.

Cross Training Meetings are also a sorely needed demonstration to the world of the love and unity of believers, “so they will know we are His disciples.” Through rubbing elbows with other passionate followers of Christ across denominational and racial boundaries, we will learn things from each other that we otherwise would not have learned.  Though leadership is provided through the Chaplain or Cross Trainer, the format is open: inviting each one to bring a song, teaching, or encouraging word. As each joint supplies, we grow into maturity.

What do we want from you?

Here’s the punchline: God’s commands are not grievous, in Christ they are a joy to obey. But His commands are also not optional.

  1. To love our neighbor as ourselves is more than a command; the very heart of redemption is a transformed life that is empowered by God’s Spirit to fully love Him and others. To care about our neighbor and offer him the eternal life he is missing is not an option, it is the fruit, the evidence of a heart that is changed by Christ.
  2. To “not forsake the assembling of ourselves together” is more than clumping in corners with our own pet distinctives, it is showing the world that there is “one faith, one Lord, one God and Father of us all.” We are not just commanded to show the world we are his disciples through our unity and love—but to do so is the very essence of God’s nature imparted to us.

This is not a plan that we have the option to try and “see how it works.” This is the word of God, the redemption of Christ, and it is about obedience, not experimentation. The results—the fruit, the conversions, the cooperation from others—are up to God, the obedience is up to us.
We don’t care if you use our terminology or our manuals. We do not care care if you support us, applaud us, or if you join us directly, but we care deeply—and God cares—if you obey the precepts and redemptive moral requirements that the LYNCnetwork has been born out of. You MUST live your faith by loving your neighbor, and that also means your literal neighbor—the people living around you.

We ask you to please prayerfully and carefully consider:

  1. Does this plan and solution have merit? Is it Biblical? Can this stir up evangelists in your circles and make a positive impact for the Kingdom of God? How many of us are literally going out and compelling those in the byways to come to the table where there is still much room left? Like those who were first invited to that feast, are we also too busy with our fields and oxen? Should you and/or your church/ministry be involved in neighborhood ministry in this or a similar manner?
    1. If so—(When I use the phase “try it” or “see if it works” below, I am speaking of trying the Chaplain nomenclature, street adoption method and LYNCnetwork materials—there is no “trying it,” in the sense of whether sharing your faith and obeying the concepts are worthwhile—as stated above, they are paramount and the very nature of the Christian.)
      1. Adopt a street personally, and start a Cross Training Meeting in your home—and see the fruit. Then, if it works, teach others to do the same, or…
      2. Share this info, and encourage the evangelists in your circles to try it.
    2. If not—Please let us know why you think this concept or the particulars are not such good ideas—maybe we’re wasting our time or could have better results doing something a little different. If there is a better way to reach all of our neighbors, I want to know it and do it!
  2. Help us produce quality content for the training materials. Due to the scope of their spiritual goals, the constant application of experience from the field, and the necessary requirements for our audience of simplicity, perspicuity, and concision, our training materials are a never-ending project of revision; so we invite and welcome your input to make it the most effective it can be. There are so many gifted apologists, evangelists, philosophers, theologians, and writers out there…
    1. Can you help us make the best, most concise evangelistic/discipleship manual possible?
    2. All you have to do is review our (fairly brief) materials and give input and suggestions, in as complete or limited a way as you choose. We’ll take any help we can get.
  3. Sure, you or your organization can help support us financially too. Currently the leadership of the LYNCnetwork is based in one family and we still work a secular business to pay the bills. If we had full support, we could invest more time into propagating the gospel through training Chaplains and Cross Trainers.
  4. You can share this website with your social networks, both digitally and in person.
  5. Last but not least, please pray for us, that utterance may be given to us, that we may open our mouths boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.

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Either way, start loving your neighbor as a Christ-follower.

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