Jim Murphy was one of the founding pastors of Missio Church in Syracuse, NY (www.missiochurch.org). Missio began as a congregation in September of 2008 with the goals of mobilizing Christ’s people to live a faithful life of worship and to participate in saturating Syracuse and beyond with the Gospel message. Working with Saturation Church Planting International (www.scpi.org), important convictions were set for Missio that frame the philosophy and methodology for how the goals would be achieved.
These convictions are:
- Whatever God is going to do in the world, He is primarily going to do through all of Christ’s people.
- Whatever God is going to do in the world through Christ’s people, He is primarily going to do through leaders who look to empower Christ’s people as their first priority.
- Whatever God is going to do in the world through Christ’s people, He is primarily going to do it through a decentralized structure.
With these convictions in place and a brokenness for the geography, Jim’s role was to mobilize the entire body to reach people far from Christ in a strategic, qualitative, and measurable way. He’s desire was to see all of Christ’s people empowered, released, encouraged, and held accountable to grow as missionaries to the world around them. The goal was every person, family, and small group to be on mission within the context of their daily lives and relationships. Thus, The MyCircle Training was born.
MyCircle is meant to be a congregational strategy that encompasses three important aspects:
Comprehensive and practical training
Development of a corporate strategy to help the Body grow, be held accountable, celebrate, and collaborate together in living a life of mission.
Establish an evangelistic leadership that is released into the corporate strategy that has as their primary goal the empowerment of all of Christ’s people.
As these areas of have developed, God has moved in and through His people. Other congregations began to inquire about The MyCircle Training and the thinking behind it, which has caused it grow beyond Missio Church. Now, MyCircle is being made available through the five session training and through coaching. The prayer is that it can be as useful of a tool for other congregations in seeing every man, woman, and child reached through every person that belongs to Jesus Christ!