Dan & Kate Carter: Navigating Life Group Multiplication & Adoption
In this episode of Mission Control, Amanda interviews Dan and Kate Carter, who play a vital role in the life of First Baptist Melbourne. Dan & Kate discuss their experiences leading various groups and the importance of small group ministry in their own lives. They also talk about their journey of international adoption and how it has deepened their understanding of God’s adoption of believers into His family. The Carters offer advice and encouragement for those feeling called to make disciples and share the gospel. They emphasize the importance of being obedient to God’s call and having a fluency in sharing the gospel with others.
- Life Group Leadership: Dan and Kate Carter share their experiences and insights into leading various life groups at First Baptist Melbourne, highlighting the importance of small group ministry in their personal and communal spiritual growth.
- Multiplication Challenges: The Carters discuss the challenges they faced when attempting to multiply life groups and how recovery from unsuccessful attempts required intentionality, communication, and sometimes a return to the drawing board.
- Adoption Journey: The couple opens up about their international adoption journey, offering a glimpse into the decision-making process, challenges, and the deepening of their understanding of God’s adoption of believers into His family.
- Influence of Small Groups: Dan and Kate emphasize how life groups provide a sense of intimacy and community within a large church, making it feel more interconnected and fostering meaningful relationships.
- Impact of Sermon Discussions: The Carters express the significance of sermon discussions within their life group, reflecting on how it allows them to dive deeper into Sunday sermons, share diverse perspectives, and witness the Holy Spirit’s work in individuals’ lives.
- Encouragement for Discipleship: Providing valuable advice, the Carters encourage listeners who feel a calling to make disciples and share the gospel. They stress the importance of obedience to God’s call and maintaining a fluency in articulating the gospel message.
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