Luke 10 Transformation (aka “L-10-T” for short) is a training program (12 hours) based on Jesus’ sending of the 72 disciples and created by Willem Joubert, a South African. L-10-T assists every believer to live their faith by praying, caring and sharing Jesus daily wherever they go. L-10-T is for the introvert and extrovert, the busy, the bold and not so bold – whoever you are – you can follow Jesus the L-10-T way. As of 2016, churches and denominations in 33 nations were using the program to mobilize the church at large for the mission of Christ. L-10-T’s goal is to meet the criteria of the Lausanne movement which called for “the whole church to carry the whole gospel to the whole world”.
When asked about the current progress of the ministry, he wrote:
The L-10-T ministry has now been running for 13 years of which the last 7 years were international. Churches and denominations are using L-10-T in 33 countries currently.
For the USA there is a special L-10-T training manual for the people who would do L-10-T (such as the members of a church). It is just an Americanised version of the one on the website and I can send it to you if you are interested.
You ask how has it been going using the resources: I am more excited now than ever – In cases where the denominational leaders or pastors are really committed to the Great Commission for their communities, L-10-T assists to mobilise the entire church -adults, youth and children (older than 4) – to become workers in the harvest the L-10-T way, daily everywhere they move.
L-10-T is done where you move in any case, you do not have to go to special places (we know then only about 10% will do!). The L-10-T way mobilise ALL members of the church to be evangelists in their own right (not just the about 4% average worldwide – your church will have its own number).
From a pastors point of view you can truly say after L-10-T has been implemented: All the members of my congregation go out everyday into the community around us and touch the people they come in contact with with Jesus’ love, with prayer, care and sharing the good news of the gospel. They come back weekly to tell and are then sent out again. This happens in groups or the church (depending on the size of the congregation).The result is transformed church members, because God change us first. Then the effect on the community in many different ways. The church should grow and churches should be planted.
Here’s what pastors have to say about Luke 10 Transformation once implemented:
“The heart of L10T is loving God and loving others. These principals have truly changed our city. We have been praying in public places and in the streets and people have been healed in the streets. L10T has brought pastors and ministers together, praying for each other. People in governmentpositions opening themselves up – the mayor of our city creating a time where people can come and pray weekly. Out city is being changed. God’s blessing is resting on our city and the spiritual climate has changed because of these principals.”
“L10T brought me to a place of restoration. My life was in my church and I never thought to be friendly with people form other faiths. I used to be very judgmental and very critical about the faith of other religions. L10T has taught me to be a blessing to everyone. Now I pray for every person I come into contact with, without prejudice.”
Christ’s teaching in Luke 10:1-11 seems to be taking on growing significance in the world of practical Christian ministry in the last decade or more. Ministries and missionaries have recognized that when Christ gave the Great Commission it was to those he had trained first by bringing them along to watch His own preaching, then sending out as “the Twelve” (Matthew 9) and then sending out as “The 72”. It only makes sense that the “Great Commission” is then interpreted in light of these earlier training experiences.
The Luke 10 models advises the followers of Christ to look for “ripe fruit”, those seeking God’s peace and ready to receive a message and communicate it to their household as we see Cornelius do in Acts 10 as well as the other households in Acts.
The way Luke 10 Transformation teaches believers to obey Christ’s words is to see their everyday activities as “going”. As they go they are instructed to be a blessing, to pray for Christ’s peace silently, and then as opportunities arise to pray Christian prayers for healing, prayers for success, or other prayers or expressions of help and concern.
Prayer, caring, and finally sharing the Good News are the pattern that begins with the Luke 10 expectation that God is going to go before the disciples and prepare people to be open to the good news.
The process grows because, like the disciples returned and reported to Jesus what they had seen, the L-10-T disciples return to church weekly and report what they have seen while ministering in God’s harvest field.
L-10-T is NOT a specific type of “Gospel Presentation”. It IS a strategy for mobilizing EVERY church member (and really any Christian at any age, even children) for being actively praying in God’s harvest field each day with the expectation of seeing people first open to the Good News and finally following Christ themselves and following L-10-T principles themselves.
Many pastors and churches are facing shrinking budgets and are burned out on “programs”. Is Luke 10 Transformation just another expensive money pit and time wasting exercise in frustration?
Given that anyone can get the gist of the program from the free resources at Luke10t.com there is no way budgetary problems would stop someone from learning the material even if they didn’t have a penny! And because the strategy requires NO special literature, NO special resources, etc. there is no financial reason people should fear looking at the program.
Regarding the question about L-10-T being another time wasting program, it is only that if obeying Christ’s pattern and Great Commission are “time wasters”. Because this doesn’t necessarily involve an extra night away from home visiting for the church and only 12 hours of training, it’s hardly a time intensive program. The most busy people who can take a moment to pray and speak to those around them can participate. Outlays of precious time are minimal and involve no “busy work”… only the kind of work for Jesus that thrills the Christian’s heart!
Is L-10-T a legitimate strategy or just another gimmick? Here’s what a well known American Church Leader has to say about it:
“The question is, how do we love God with all of our hearts and love our neighbors as ourselves? This manual, written by Willem Joubert, answers that question and will prepare you for living a wonderful lifestyle of loving others by praying, caring and sharing with them. It is our prayer that literally millions of Jesus followers will begin to live this loving lifestyle of prayer-care-share. It could bring a great revolution of love that could result in revival in the Church and a great spiritual awakening and harvest in this nation and beyond! That is our prayer!” –Paul Cedar, Chairman, LOVE2020, Mission America Coalition
If you’ve read the book “iPray:A Simple Prayer Book for Ministry, Mercy, and Multiplication you will find it is very similar to the L-10-T strategy. The main difference seems to be that while L-10-T puts the tasks of going, praying, ministering, etc. on each believer to mobilize the whole church, the iPray approach tends to compartmentalize these actions. Some are going and reaching out to collect prayer requests. Others are praying. Still others are following up in mercy ministry. Possibly others follow up in evangelism and making disciples.
Which approach is better? Frankly, the answer is “The one your church will DO!” Both activate the priesthood of believers. Both move out into the community. Both are ways to follow Luke 10. The iPray approach moves more slowly getting to Luke 10 obedience because most congregations have to be moved to such obedience slowly it seems.
Ideally, BOTH approaches will be implemented to some degree in a congregation….with everyone doing what they can do in their sphere of influence but getting help from other church members to display the love of Christ.
Another Approach To Following Luke 10 …
This video above shows another approach to the Luke 10 way of ministry that is somewhat different than L-10-T’s. It focuses on planned times of trying to identify receptive households and holding Bible studies in receptive homes instead of bringing them back to the church for Bible Study. It’s a natural choice for missionaries who are in lands where there are no churches or Christianity is illegal.
One technique they frequently use is the “Miracle Prayer” question: “If God could do any miracle for you now to get your attention so that you’d know He is seeking you, what would you like me to pray for?” They find these miracle prayers not only are answered frequently, these prayers for healing and strength and other temporal blessings often result in people following Christ and/or opening their homes for ongoing Bible study!
For yet another approach to the Luke 10 principle with slightly different variations, check out the Luke 10 Manual at Amazon for an inexpensive Kindle book on the topic!