On Thursday, at our DML meet and greet event, we informed our friends and partners that Discipling Marketplace Leaders will be spinning off from International Christian Ministries by the end of 2019. Discipling Marketplace Leaders started under ICM in 2013 and has received a very gracious growing space from them.
However, as DML has been growing quite rapidly, we believe it is time that we form our own 501c3 in order to have a Board of Directors that is more directly involved in how this particular ministry grows, especially as the number of partner ministries that we network with also grows. The DML leadership and the ICM leadership spoke about this growing realization and ICM has given its blessing to DML to spin-off on its own.
This is both exciting and scary at the same time. It is exciting to watch the growth of this ministry and how God is using it to build His church. It is exciting to be told by partners that it is time for a prayerful, thoughtful team to give leadership to DML, who can be more objective than Dr. Walker or myself who are "deep in the forest and often can't see the trees."
This is the third ministry that I have been involved in starting, and the second time I have gone through the process to get non-profit status. There is a tremendous amount of safety being under another organization's umbrella as it relates to accounting, audits, and legalities. Dealing with bureaucracy is not my favorite thing to do, so it is scary as well. I am the type of person who likes to "set up shop" and not necessarily "keep shop." So I know that this is the type of thing that drains me of energy rather than gives it, but again the time is right for this to happen.
So we are going through a rebranding process, looking at DML from all different angles as we prepare for this launch. One of the things we are looking very seriously at is how our ministry can also fulfill a quadruple bottom line: missionally, socially, environmentally, and economically. If we preach it, we also need to do it!
This week I will be in Texas, with the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication forum, looking specifically at how the Marketplace is used to grow the church through a number of other ministries around the world. These are the types of things that we want to get better at as a ministry - networking and continuing to watch where God is working and join Him in that work.
More updates to come!