Years ago M3 began with a small group of guys around a round table at a local Cracker Barrel restaurant in Wilmington, NC. Almost 20 years later the ministry has been transformed and expanded all across the US and the world!
Around the world there are dozens (if not hundreds) of M3 groups. Almost all of them use the Equipping Men/Women for the Battle disciple-making resource (EMB/EWB). These are the heart of the ministry on paper. You can read all about this resource HERE. The content for these books comes from our weekly meetings at the original M3 group in Wilmington, NC.
Each week roughly 75 men and women attend the weekly meetings in which we have a lesson and a small group time during which we quote the Scripture assignments for that week and share how the Lord spoke to us while we meditated on the passage. Additionally, there are life application assignments that we do throughout the week. On top of this, the small group time is just a time of community and sharing.
Most everything we discuss can fall under 1 of the 10 “I”s, which can be viewed HERE. These items are so foundational to walking with Jesus that in each of the weekly meetings people from all sorts of denominational backgrounds can be found.
Historically, being a part of this main group required that you live in the area and were able to drive to the weekly meetings, but the COVID-19 situation has changed all of that. Since we were unable to meet physically together for a few months, we had to be creative with programs such as Zoom and Skype. This actually served to increase influence and not limit it.
During the months when we were unable to physically meet, we invited our connections from all over the world to begin watching the weekly teachings that were uploaded on the website and then to join one of the small group tables that were happening, since they were taking place remotely anyways. This had a huge turnout. We had people from Kenya, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, and elsewhere joining each week.
When we resumed meeting together physically, we desperately did not want to lose the momentum and impact that the Lord had given us with these people abroad. So, we set up live-streaming so that anyone anywhere can watch the message as it is being taught at 7am EST on Saturdays. Then specific leaders have been chosen to facilitate remote small groups. These are groups that are entirely still remote. We currently have about 15-20 people attending remotely each week with that number increasing every meeting. Three specific local leaders have groups that are strictly remote. We are keenly aware that this is setting up for even great impact moving forward!
OTHER M3 GROUPS IN THE USA
We have influence in the following states: NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TX, VA, PA, MN, CA! Here is a breakdown of what is happening in each state. COVID-19 has obviously temporarily affected some (but certainly not all) of these things.
In addition to our main meeting that happens each week, we have multiple meetings happening in Jacksonville, Sharpsburg, Boone, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, and Apex. In these places there are one on one meetings happening as well as small groups, both of which utilize EMB/EWB as their disciple-making resource! In Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount at one point there were 54 separate groups in that church alone!
In Sharpsburg, Pastor Todd Greene is currently leading 5 through EMB, 2 of which are longtime deacons. These 2 in particular are being fast-tracked through the resource so that they can begin with others in the church. Pastor Green wants to see discipleship permeate the entire congregation!
In Hartsfield Donovan Galloway started a group. Donovan was previously part of another M3 group in GA, but then had to move. In his new church he gathered a group together and began going through EMB with them!
There are multiple groups taking place in Rome, GA.
One brother who just recently moved down to Tampa, Florida is continuing to attend the weekly meetings via live-streaming and video conference.
David Schafer lives in Northport, AL. He attended a church that Dr. Bennett pastored for years, and is now connected to M3. We meet with him weekly and lead him through the book. He has begun discipling another person through EMB as well, and is eager to find more opportunities to make disciples!
Doug Chadwick in San Angelo, Texas reached out to us through the website and we proceeded to lead him through EMB 1.1. The plan is for him to lead his pastor and a team of other leaders in the church through the book and equip them to use it. Then they will each begin their own groups, and then Doug will train another batch of leaders! This will be done until the whole church is able to be discipled!
Travis Goines has been connected to the ministry over the years and has led various group in Virginia that have utilized EMB.
In Pennsylvania we have 2 connections: Micah Russell and John Hodnett. Years ago we led Micah through EMB and he actually now attends our weekly meetings in a remote group! John Hodnett was also led through the resource and began a weekly group on Wednesday evenings in which he discipled a group of men using EMB!
Bob Beltran in Brainerd, MN was discipled with EMB by Robert Williams. Robert is one of the pastors at a church in NC, and Bob used to attend his church before moving to Minnesota. Bob recently order 10 copies of the first book in the EMB series with intentions of discipling 10 guys!
Jason Post was a faithful member and small group leader of the M3 group in Wilmington, NC. He has since moved to Rocklin, CA where he leads a group through his church that emphasizes many of the biblical principles that we focus on at M3!
We praise the Lord that He has opened so many doors and opportunities for us to partner with Him!