STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH
IMPACT THE WORLD
THE MINISTRY OF THE GOSPEL ISN’T JUST FOR THE LOST…
The Gospel is what also creates a healthy environment for CHRISTIANS to mature out of sin and into CHRISTLIKENESS. WITHOUT this our faith suffers in the form of a man-centered gospel that produces a compromised spiritual foundation.
Messages focused on what we MUST DO instead of what God HAS DONE
Believers leaving the church in search of answers
Christians living confused, powerless lives
Pastors and leaders will be frustrated with lack of fruit and spiritual fervor
Hopelessness taking root causing our love for God to grow cold
WE BELIEVE CULTIVATE GROUPS ARE A STEP TO GET US BACK TO A GOD-CENTERED GOSPEL THAT PRODUCES A STRONG SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION.
Whether you’re a pastor leading a church or someone looking to lead a discipleship group in your home, this is the resource designed to equip you, strengthen the church, and gain confidence to transform the world around you. Start a group in your community today!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PERFECT LEADER TO LEAD, YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP.
Cultivate’s mission is to help believers return to a gospel centered on Jesus. This alone will revive us from within and awake the sleeping giant that is the global church. It’s about reviving the church through a revelation of Jesus. Our cultivate groups are not meant to replace the Church, they are designed to bring clarity to the church through personal transformation and discipleship. Here’s how it works:
Freedom with God course
It is the foundation for
understanding a God-
Cultivate training course
This gives the what, why and
how behind this grassroots
Sign up to start a group
Finish the courses, sign-up to lead a Cultivate group, start your group! We will guide you every step of the way
HOW CAN YOU EXPERIENCE
HEALTHY GROWTH AND
The market is flooded with teaching on discipleship and leadership. So where is the fruit of this in our church and personal lives?
What are we missing?
Braveheart has created this specific training to answer this one question. If you or your church is ready to dive into the truth of the gospel, then this training will help you unlock your God-given potential, deeper passion and intimacy with God and the ability to impact your community and the world. We believe it’s the most important conversation nobody is having.
IMPACT FROM CULTIVATE
This was absolutely phenomenal! I wish I heard this years ago. I was brought up with that faith-less teaching of “well, we’re just gonna struggle with sin until we die…it’s what we’re stuck with” kind of teaching. Wow! I love this! Thank You Jesus!
I cried and laughed my way through this as the Lord revealed how much I have lived by man’s Gospel. I think my entire life just changed through the revelation of the real Gospel…all I want to do is be with Him now. Thank you…thank you…thank you.
Wow! So this is my third time going back through these lessons… I mean just the first lesson had me so completely undone! I love how open the eyes of your heart are on this and how profound but almost simple you’re able to deliver what God spoke to you! Just absolutely astounding! Thank you for these beautiful revelations.
WHAT YOU GET
Cultivate Training Course (1 week)
Cultivate Training Manual
Invitation to our monthly Cultivate live Zoom call
Early invitation to our annual Cultivate event in Dallas!
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR BECOMING A CULTIVATE FACILITATOR?
First of all, we ask that every braveheart facilitator go through the Freedom with God course, which includes reading Back to the Gospel. This will allow the facilitator to be familiar with the concepts and ideas we are trying to impart. In addition to this, we require every Braveheart Facilitator go through the BH Cultivate Facilitator Training either in person or via the online course.
Finally, we desire that each facilitator be in good standing* with a local church. This is important to us because it is our hope and desire that these Cultivate groups end up strengthening and blessing the local church.
*Good standing means that you belong to and regularly attend a local church and are in relationship with and submitted to the spiritual authority of that church.
ARE THERE LONG TERM COMMITMENTS TO BEING A CULTIVATE FACILITATOR?
Our desire is to raise up people who have a heart to run with the Gospel; those who are committed to cultivating faith in the hearts of believers. Our hope is that our Cultivate Facilitators are actively leading groups and raising up leaders. In addition to facilitating Cultivate groups, we will have a bi-weekly touch point to encourage one another, share testimonies and wrestle with any issues that our groups are facing. Having said that, there are no official long term commitments. At any point that one of our facilitators does not want to continue for any reason, just let us know!
I DON’T FEEL QUALIFIED TO TEACH THIS MATERIAL...
It is not imperative that you know the material in a way that you feel like you can immediately “teach” it to others. The beauty of facilitating a Cultivate group is that you simply have to learn how to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. The gospel is powerful all by itself. Our job as facilitators is to simply present the revelation of Jesus and then allow the Holy Spirit to do the heavy lifting. As a facilitator, think of yourself as one who is also learning alongside the group. The Braveheart resources are designed to take our attention off of ourselves and put them onto Jesus. As people look to Jesus and trust in him, God’s grace (power) is released into their lives, and they are transformed. I’ve seen this happen over and over again.
HOW DO I KNOW I’M CALLED TO DO THIS?
One of the most important things to understand is that every good
work in the kingdom comes with a divine grace. This grace will
empower you to do something that otherwise would seem daunting
or impossible. One of the ways I discern God’s grace on someone is to listen to them testify about how this gospel has transformed their
life. When we see just how magnificent and powerful Jesus really is,
there is a fire in our hearts to share this good news with others. The
thought of being able to usher other people into the freedom you are
experiencing excites you. Our hope is that through prayer and humility,
we can help you discern whether or not God is calling you to lead
a Cultivate Group.
HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOULD I INVITE TO BE A PART OF MY GROUP?
This will depend on the facilitator(s). Some people are used to leading
small groups of 12-15 people. Others have never done it. We aren’t
really shooting for a set number. I think a better question is, where are
you going to host this group? In your home or apartment? In a coffee
shop? In your office? The number of people will undoubtedly grow as
God’s Spirit begins to move, and lives are transformed. Our team will
help you understand how to handle this growth when it happens.
ARE THESE GROUPS CONSIDERED HOUSE CHURCHES?
I love the house church movement. I especially love what Francis
Chan is doing with We Are Church (www.wearechurch.com). They are
forcing the church to answer questions about how the church gathers,
why the church gathers, and what these gatherings look like.
However, Braveheart Ministries and our Cultivate Groups are not a
house church movement.
I also love the local church. I love mega-churches and I love small
churches. I honor pastors who are laboring for the kingdom of God,
discipling, and shepherding God’s people. One of my passions for
these Cultivate Groups is that there would be a positive impact on the
local church. A rising tide lifts all boats. The stronger the faith of each individual in your group, the more freedom and Christ-likeness they
will possess. This will, without a doubt, bless the local church. My
hope and desire are that our Cultivate Facilitators carry the heart of
God to see God’s kingdom advance, no matter the wineskin.
WHAT IF SOMEONE DISAGREES WITH THE CONTENT?
When someone disagrees with something written in one of the books
or spoken in one of the video courses, how you respond is very
important to us. I want to start off by saying that I will always be
learning more about Jesus and the magnificent way in which He has
loved us. We do not have the corner on the market in anything. We
are all sons and daughters seeking to honor our God by proclaiming
his truth and making him known in the hearts of men. Modeling
humility is paramount to us. God is big, and I never feel the need to
defend Him. The freedom, purity, and integrity of our lives should bear
witness that what we believe actually “works” in producing Christlikeness.
As a Cultivate Facilitator, you will undoubtedly come across those
who disagree with the content. I will reiterate that the way in which
you respond to these people is just as important as what you say to
them. I have met many people over the years with sound truth and
revelation, yet the way they respond to criticism, in my opinion,
lessens their credibility.
There is no need to get defensive. I want to free you from the pressure
of having to be right. Jesus said that wisdom is justified by all her
children. I understand this to mean that real wisdom can be seen and
is real. If someone tried to argue with me that I had never been intimate
with my wife, all I would have to do is wait a little while until one
of my five children came running and screaming into the room. It
would settle the dispute.
The real strength of the revelation of the gospel is that it actually has
the power to produce peace, power, and purity in your life. This
peace, power, and purity will settle any dispute. But again, this is
demonstrated in our actions and demeanor. The people marveled at
Jesus because he taught as one who had authority, not like the
Scribes and Pharisees. This is our hope for you as a Cultivate Facilitator
and why it is so important that this message has actually
brought about real transformation in your life.
As far as answering actual theological questions and backing up
some of the claims made in the materials, know that our team will be
here to help you if needed. One thing that will happen is these materials
will cause your people to search the Scriptures more carefully. If
you are unable to answer a question directly, just say so and
encourage everyone to dive deeper into the Scriptures.
WILL THERE BE ONGOING TRAINING FOR CULTIVATE FACILITATORS?
Yes. We don’t just want to train you over a weekend and then cut you
loose. Our desire is to build a relational network of “Bravehearts” who
are running with the gospel all over the world! We have a private
Instagram account for our leaders where we can get to know each
other, share testimonies, and even connect with other groups in our
community. In addition to this social media platform, we will hold a
video call twice a month for our Cultivate Facilitators. This time will be
used to pray for each other, encourage one another, and answer any
questions you have.
WHICH RESOURCE SHOULD I START WITH?
We recommend that all groups start with the book Back to the
Gospel. This book lays a great foundation and is very effective in helping people reexamine their view of the gospel. Doing a weekly
study with this book can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks. We don’t
currently have a study guide because we really want the conversation
to be led by the Spirit.
See below for questions you can ask that work for all of our
HOW OFTEN SHOULD OUR GROUP MEET?
We recommend that groups meet weekly. This creates some consistency
and “buy-in,” allowing the group to gain some momentum.
Since the study’s duration is usually defined on the front end (6
weeks, ten weeks, or 12 weeks), this type of commitment should be
easier for someone to make since it has a beginning and an end.
Since it is our hope and desire that these are not just “one-time”
studies but an ongoing fellowship, we encourage you to plan out
which resources you are going through and cast some vision. For
example, if you take a group through Back to the Gospel and it takes
12 weeks, you might want to take a couple of weeks off and then
start back up again with the book Keep the Blood Warm. Each group
will have a rhythm and flow of its own, and through ongoing touch
points with our facilitators, our team can help you discern how to
keep the groups moving forward.
HOW LONG SHOULD IT BE, AND WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
Again, this will depend on the atmosphere and environment. If you are
hosting the group on Zoom, it might be difficult to incorporate a time
of worship. If you are in a coffee shop with some friends, you might
struggle to have a time of prayer and ministry to one another. The
group that we facilitate in our home is usually two hours long. The following are some practicals to help you understand how to actually
facilitate a group:
The best atmosphere is in your home or apartment. This gives people
the freedom to really encounter the Lord together. We recommend
starting your group with a time of fellowship. It is not necessary to
share a meal each time, but if your group has the desire to eat
together this will only strengthen your connections. Some of the most
powerful ministry happens around the table. There is so much power
in being known. A great “icebreaker” is to ask people to share with
the group one thing they want people to know about them. Pay close
attention because when someone shares with you what they want
you to know, it is usually a really important aspect of their heart! Affirm
them and ask follow up questions if you have time.
Taking time to worship Jesus is so important. It doesn’t have to be
long—it just has to be real. As the facilitator, your job is to position
people to see Jesus clearly. Pray a short prayer at the beginning of
worship that helps people turn their eyes to Jesus. One of your
primary jobs as a facilitator is to help people take their eyes off of
themselves (which we have become accustomed to since the Fall)
and put them on Jesus.
Consider picking one member (notify them in advance) of the group
to take 15 minutes at the beginning of each week to share their
personal testimony. This will encourage everyone’s faith, and it is a
great way to get to know each other. After they share their testimony, take 10 minutes as a group and pray over that person and speak
words of encouragement and life into them! This is especially important
if it is a new group of people that do not necessarily know one
We have found that there are three good questions that can be used
for any of the Braveheart resources that are great for getting people
talking about what they read. As you ask these questions, pay attention
to the Holy Spirit and try to discern what God is doing in the
1. What truth stood out to you? This question is open-ended
enough to allow the Spirit to speak through the individuals in your
group. As they share about the truth that really impacted them, your
job is to partner with the Holy Spirit and to breathe upon that truth.
For instance, if someone shares that they never realized God wanted
intimacy with them, ask them another question like, “What did you
think he wanted before seeing that truth?” As you get them to discuss
their process, other people in the group will find freedom through the
2. What didn’t make sense? What bothered you? I love this question
because it gives people permission to share what they really think.
Many Christians have beliefs about God that are untrue. This question
is really helpful in revealing these areas in people’s hearts. When you
bump up against someone getting frustrated or struggling to understand
something, this is where the LORD begins to work. As a facilitator,
you want to help the person understand why they are frustrated.
What was said that made them uncomfortable? Why did it bother
them the way it did? When you ask these follow-up questions, you will
discover what people really believe about God. It is in this discovery
that true repentance can happen. For instance, if someone struggles to believe that God actually wants
intimacy with them, they might be bothered by the notion that God
desires to know us in such an intimate way. As you probe deeper, you
might find that they’ve never been comfortable being known intimately.
Oftentimes this is because, in their childhood, this type of intimacy
was never experienced. The result is a false belief that God is
just like their mom or dad. Gently, and I repeat, gently you want to
help people see the error in projecting the likeness of their human
parents on the Eternal God. You want to bring them to the place
where they are open to forming a different view about God.
3. How can you apply (a certain truth) to your life? What will you
do differently in light of this truth? This is a really important question
because it takes these concepts and truths and converts them
into action. Your job here is to help people understand how to convert
these revelations into action. Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears
these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built
his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24) We want people to not just be
hearers of the word but doers. The real power comes when we act
upon God’s gospel! When we obey the gospel!
To continue our previous example, someone might need to spend
time meditating on the Scriptures that speak of God’s heart for his
children. Or perhaps you would encourage them to spend time
listening for God’s words of affirmation and love over their life. Many
people who struggle to experience intimacy with God don’t feel
comfortable or have the faith to believe that God would speak kindly
to them. Challenge them to spend time meditating on God’s word and
then waiting quietly to hear his specific words of love.
If you are able, leave a fair amount of time (at least 30 minutes) to
worship again and pray for each other. More than anything, this is about giving the Holy Spirit room to encounter people. The Word of
God, along with the Braveheart resources, will position people to
encounter the power of God. I remember one time I was facilitating a
study through John 15. There were about 12 of us in the room. A
regular in the group had invited a young man to join the group. After
about an hour and a half, this young man spoke up for the first time.
He said, “I don’t know what is happening, but my heart is beating out
of my chest. I’ve been listening to you guys talk, and I feel like you all
have something that I don’t have…and I want it.” We stopped the
study, recognizing that God wanted to fill this young man with the
Holy Spirit. Without embarrassing him, we affirmed what God was
doing and told him that this was God’s leading. We prayed for him,
and he encountered the power of God and was filled with the Holy
Spirit! It was so beautiful. This is an example of simply giving space to the Holy Spirit to do his
thing. He loves people more than we do! He wants people to find
freedom more than we do! So as you are going through the questions
and facilitating the group, always be looking to see if God is moving
strongly upon someone. Oftentimes the Lord will invite the entire
group to encounter him through one person experiencing him in a
HOW SHOULD WE HANDLE DISTRACTIONS?
When you facilitate a small group you will face many distractions.
With experience comes the ability to handle distractions and redirect
the focus of the group back onto Jesus. Some of the most common
distractions I find when leading groups are as follows:
1. Rabbit trails. This is perhaps the most common type of distraction
you will encounter. Let’s say the topic at hand is God Desires Intimacy,
and as you open up the discussion, someone asks a question
about predestination. Though this is a really important question that deserves our attention, it is out of place for the topic at hand. I realize
sometimes the Lord takes us on detours and that we need to be
sensitive to his leading, but as a facilitator, you will learn the difference
between a distraction and the leading of the Spirit. The rabbit
trail questions will often leave the entire group confused. It will feel
like the air has been sucked out of the room. If this happens, just
gently acknowledge the validity of the question and mention that it
might be better to discuss that at a different time. Then refocus the
group on the topic at hand. “Let’s focus our time and attention on
discovering just how much God actually loves us.”
2. Demonic Manifestations. Before you think I’m only talking about
someone shrieking or shaking on the floor, I want you to know that
one of the most common things I find as I take people through these
resources is that there are demonic strongholds that reveal themselves
in more subtle ways. Learning how to recognize these
moments and deal with them will be really important. I also want to
make note that it is not necessary to highlight these moments. I can
recall many times where God has brought deliverance to someone
without anyone else in the room knowing it. But how do we recognize
it, and what should we do?
One of the ways I discern whether or not someone has a demonic
stronghold is the spirit in which they are communicating. When the
truth of the gospel confronts a demonic stronghold (thoughts or
beliefs about God that are keeping people in bondage), there is oftentimes
frustration or distrust. I can feel it. It is as if the person is challenging
me, and I can feel accused. This accusatory spirit is not
coming from the person but from the demonic stronghold. As a facilitator
your job is not to respond to the person in defensiveness, but to
lovingly point them towards the truth. It is the TRUTH that will set
people free (John 8:32)! Knowing the Scriptures behind the various
truths presented in our resources will be helpful in these situations.
We want to point someone back to the Word of God instead of trying to defend our position through anecdotal evidence or personal testimony.
Our testimonies are powerful, and there is a time and place to
share those stories, but to see people find true freedom we must
ground our faith in God’s word.
3. External Distractions. If your group has kids or immature
believers you might be faced with external distractions. Some
common external distractions include side talking, text messaging,
or disengagement. If you encounter these types of distractions, you
will want to try to calmly eliminate them by speaking to them. Again,
I can’t stress how important it is to conduct yourself, as a leader,
with humility and patience. I find that more people are impacted by
how I behave as a leader than what I say. In fact, just yesterday, I
was dealing with someone who did some work on my car. They
replaced the windshield but didn’t seal it all the way. When I accelerated
faster than 40 miles per hour, I could hear the wind blowing
through my windshield. Initially, the guy didn’t want to fix it because
he claimed that nothing was wrong with it. I politely but firmly
insisted that there was an issue and that if he drove it, he would hear
what I was hearing. He ended up driving the car and resolving the
issue. Later he asked someone who I was and what I did for a living.
He said that I was different in the way that I handled the conflict and
that it made an impact on him. This is my heart for our Braveheart
OUR GROUP HAS ALREADY GONE THROUGH BA"# TO THE GOSPEL; WHAT IS NEXT?
Braveheart Ministries is committed to creating simple and powerful
resources that help people find freedom, confidence with God, and
courage to transform the world. We know that groups will evolve over
time, but it is our hope and desire that your groups will continue and
multiply. The Braveheart team will help the facilitators discern which resources to use next. Currently, we have the following discipleship
resources for you to use:
1. Book Study (10-12 weeks) Back to the Gospel: Reviving the
Church through the Message that Birthed It
2. Book Study (6-8 weeks) Back to Pentecost: Awakening the
Church to the Spirit that Launched It
3. Book Study (30 Day study) Keep the Blood Warm: A 30-day
Guide to a Heart on Fire
4. Video Course: Freedom with God (6-week course, includes Back
to the Gospel)
5. Video Course: Back to the Garden (12-16 week course)
6. The Braveheart Podcast (Ongoing) Listen to a weekly podcast
and discuss it with your group
7. Video Course: Braveheart Facilitator Training — Do you have
someone in your group that is finding tremendous freedom and wants
to lead others?
HOW WILL WE SEE OUR GROUPS MULTIPLY?
It is our heart that this grassroots discipleship network spreads
rapidly, just as it did in the early days of the Church. For this to
happen, our leaders must be reproducing more leaders. In our biweekly
touch point the Braveheart team will continually ask the facilitators
to be looking out for those in their groups that have the potential
to lead. We don’t want to place people in a leadership position
before they are ready, but we also know that they don’t need years of
theological training to be an effective witness to the gospel. We hold
various Facilitator Trainings (in person) each year, and we will also
have a video course training for facilitators that are unable to make the in-person training. Once we discern that someone in your group is
ready to lead a group, we will send them through the training and
then help them start a group of their own. Our desire is that if a leader
comes from one of your groups, you help us continue to pastor and
disciple that leader. This looks like staying relationally connected and
encouraging them in their journey of running with the gospel.
WE WANT TO IMPACT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, CAN WE INVITE NONBELIEVERS?
Yes! Don’t be afraid to invite your neighbors or friends who do not
know the Lord. Even if some of the content doesn’t make sense to
them, the presence of God and the revelation of Jesus will impact
them. You would be surprised at how willing people are to join a Bible
study or a night of fellowship even if they don’t have an active faith.
Many people are more comfortable going to someone’s home than
going to a church.
WE WANT TO SEE THIS MESSAGE IMPACT OUR CHURCH; WHAT IS THE BEST WAY FOR THIS TO HAPPEN?
When people begin to experience freedom and confidence with God
in a fresh way, it is common for them to reach out and express their
desire for their church community to experience the same thing. Our
encouragement to you is to love and serve your pastor and your
church in a renewed way. Instead of trying to preach something or
change their minds by giving them a book, show them the power of
the message by your life. Wisdom is justified by all her children. The
fruit of your life (freedom, righteousness, peace, and joy) and the fruit
of those you are leading will speak volumes. In the event that your
pastor or leaders would like to know more about partnering with
Braveheart Ministries, we would be happy to connect with them.
Discipleship programs and small groups can present a number of challenges for local churches. From the burden of assimilating members into small groups, training and multiplying leaders, choosing the right curriculum and ongoing pastoral care, for many churches this essential mandate has become increasingly difficult.
Braveheart Ministries has developed simple training resources for your staff and small group leaders. Our simple resources and curriculum will ignite passion, refresh your leaders and ultimately strengthen and establish the faith of those in your church. In this video, the executive pastor of Upper Room Dallas describes the impact and fruit of partnering with Braveheart Ministries and starting Cultivate groups for their church.
Here are some of the major challenges local churches face in implementing and sustaining a discipleship program…and how Braveheart and Cultivate groups can help.
How do you get members of your church plugged into a small group?
One of the biggest challenges churches face is getting members plugged into small groups. Our model hinges on spiritual fruit and transformation. When Cultivate groups complete discipleship training and resources, members become evangelists! As testimonies are shared with others, it provokes a hunger and desire for others to get involved. The fruit of one Cultivate group produces interest from others which leads to more organic group formations. Watch the video above as an example!
Tip: Set aside 3 minutes before worship for one of your members to share a testimony of transformation or freedom from their (Cultivate) group. Encourage people in that moment to get plugged in with a practical call to action to sign up for a group.
The Burden of Training Small Group Leaders
Depending on the size and bandwidth of the church, training small group leaders can become a burden on the local pastor. We have found that when training small group leaders (whether they are staff members or volunteers) starting with a discipleship value system is more important than equipping them to facilitate a curriculum. In our Cultivate Facilitator Training Video course we go in depth into the heart and motive of a spiritual leader. By establishing a unified value system with all of your small group leaders, it makes the implementation of certain curriculum much easier.
Does it actually work?
Is there anything more frustrating than spending time, energy and resources on a discipleship curriculum only to discover six months later that it didn’t really work? The beauty of a gospel-focused discipleship plan is that it actually produces spiritual growth and transformation. Cultivate’ s foundation is this: the gospel is the power of God to save people! And it doesn’t just save the lost, it saves the saved from complacency, sin struggles, lukewarm spirituality and hopelessness.