The best tools or practices for making disciple-making disciples are reproducible, transferable, and scalable. Reproducible because anyone can do it. Transferable because it can be done anywhere. And scalable because it can be done with all sizes of groups with varying degrees of resources. Even better is a practice or tool that can accomplish several things at once.

The practice of High/Low fits all these descriptions. 

My wife Jayne and I have had the privilege of leading a MicroChurch for about a year now. The group is made up of Christians and non-Christians. We practice High/Low with our MicroChurch after we eat brunch together on Sunday mornings. Each person is invited to share what they are celebrating (High) and what they are struggling with (Low). They can do both or just one. When each person shares, we all get the opportunity to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). We also take time to pray for each other, giving thanks or praying prayers of supplication. And, in some cases, we find ourselves looking for ways to serve one another, share our resources to meet a need, or provide wise counsel for those who lack it.

In one simple tool, we are developing disciples in several core spiritual practices:

1) Rejoice with those who rejoice.

2) Weep with those who weep.

3) Pray for one another.

4) Bear one another’s burdens.

5) Serve one another.

This simple practice can be led by anyone, anywhere, and at any time. In fact, one of our members played college football and decided to start gathering the players together for a similar MicroChurch gathering. He brought several things from his experience with our group. One of them was High/Low. With very little development, he was able to simply lead his peers in five spiritual practices.

If you want to get even more creative, you can add what I’ve heard several groups do… high, low, buffalo. What is buffalo? Anything else you want to share. This certainly makes the exercise longer, but it creates one more open door for sharing.

I encourage you to try this practice with your friends, family, and the people you are practicing disciple-making work with this next week and see what kinds of conversations and open doors come as a result.

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