The Roots of the LK10 Community
While the LK10 Community began in 2008, it’s historical roots go back much farther. We have learned from and are indebted to those who have gone before. Here’s that story…
An Honest Prayer
In 1974, Jim Montgomery was a missionary in the Philippines wrestling the meaning of the Great Commission.
“Why, Lord,” I began to pray over a period of weeks, “did you give us a command that you knew was impossible to obey? Did you deceive us? Did you mean something different that what your word seems clearly to say?
“If you truly wanted the nations to be discipled, why didn’t you stay here on the earth? You could have gone about every village as you did in Galilee. You could have gone speaking the language, wearing the dress, intimately knowing the culture, eating the food and having relatives and contacts in every village and neighborhood of every ‘nation’ in every country in the world.
“You could have gone demonstrating your power, showing your life and compassion and forcefully communicating your great message of the Kingdom. Why did you leave it up to us, when you knew it was totally beyond our capabilities?”
It was a daring prayer, but at least it was honest. For two thousand years the Great Commission had gone uncompleted, despite the incredible efforts and sacrifice of a select few in each generation. And yet, at the rate we were going, it did not seem likely we would be any more successful in the future.
A Flash of Insight
“Now that I have your attention,” the Lord seemed to say after weeks of praying this prayer, “I want you to know that is exactly how to go about completing the Great Commission.“
See to it that I, the Lord, truly become incarnate, as you have been suggesting, in every small group of people on the earth.”
In a flash of insight from the Lord, it all became very clear. Where does the Lord now dwell?
“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27)
“Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4)
“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:20)
Christ could be alive and well and present in all his power and glory and compassion while communicating his wonderful message of the Kingdom in a totally contextualized way in every small community of people if only there were some truly born-again believers exercising the gifts of the Spirit and functioning there as the body of Christ.”
50,000 New Churches in the Philippines
This insight from the Lord was foundational to a church planting movement in the Philippines called the DAWN 2000 Movement that resulted in over 50,000 new churches planted by the year 2000. (DAWN stands for Discipling A Whole Nation.) In 1984, Jim founded DAWN Ministries with the goal of helping to catalyze “saturation church planting” in many nations on every continent. You can read more about that story in Jim’s book DAWN2000: Seven Million Churches to Go.
DAWN North America
In 2003, Kent Smith and John White became a part of the DAWN Leadership Team for North America. That Team pioneered innovations that came to be known as Organic DAWN. Previously, the DAWN strategy had focused on catalyzing church planting with traditional clergy centered churches. The North American Team focused on organic house churches. Previously, the DAWN strategy involved working with national leaders in each country (top down) to develop organizational programs towards the goal of saturation church planting. The North American Team developed viral principles that worked from the bottom up. Although the North American approach was unique, the unifying principle remained the same – fulfilling the Great Commission by seeing a church (a vibrant family of Jesus) within easy reach of every person on the planet.
The LK10 Community is Born
In 2006, Jim Montgomery was called home after a long life of service to the King. In 2007, DAWN Ministries came to an end. But, John and Kent, who had become good friends, continued to feel captured by the original DAWN Vision. In the beginning of 2008, they felt the Lord was calling them to found a new organization called The LK10 Community. Whereas, their previous Team had focused just on North America, this new ministry was called to bring organic values and practices to the whole world.
Since 2008, the LK10 Community has developed in these areas…
1. The Board of Directors. LK10 is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. The Board meets (usually virtually) once a quarter to oversee the operations. As with all expression of LK10, when we meet we always begin by “checking in” with each other and practice listening prayer with all major decisions. (These “rhythms of attention” are explained in the Church 101 Course.) We use the Divine Governance model to give order to our process. Go here to see who is on the Board.
2. The Leadership Team. The Leadership Team meets weekly to give day-to-day leadership to the Community. Because we value heart level relationships, we always begin by checking in with each other and often stop to listen to the Lord about direction. We also use the Divine Governance model to give order to our process. Go here to see who is on the Leadership Team.
3. The LK10 website. This is a primary resource for people to connect with the LK10 Community. It explains our values and practices and provides a four-step process for engaging.
4. The LK10 School. We envision a whole curriculum of courses to equip house church leaders around the world. Currently, our two foundational courses are Church 101 and Leader 101.
5. The LK10 Newsletter. Also called “Stories From the Revolution” this is a close-to-weekly article or video on some aspect of house church life that we send out to our Subscribers. We feel there is great value in this quote from Ivan Illich: “You change culture by telling an alternate story.” The LK10 Newsletter is a primary way that we are telling “alternate stories” about life in the Kingdom.
6. The LK10 Library. With hundreds of articles and videos, this is a gold mine of practical information and tools for life in the Kingdom.
7. The LK10 Conferences. National or regional conferences where members of the Community come together to deepen relationship with the Lord and each other. We’ll let you know about these through the LK10 Newsletter.