In 1987 at the age of 21 Kurt contemplated suicide. Jesus met Kurt in a miraculous way. Kurt became a true born again follower of God and received Jesus as His Lord and Savior!
This topic of discipleship has been a passion in Kurt’s life from that day until now. In fact, the title of his first spiritual talk was “Are you a Christian or a disciple?”
From 1987-1990 Kurt worked as the Youth Minister for a congregation in Wisconsin. From 1993-1996 he was assistant minister at a congregation in Iowa.
In 96 serious questions were beginning to form in Kurt’s mind about the early church and what it meant to follow Christ in the first days of the church. What did Jesus mean by the word “church?”
From 1996 -2004 the Olson’s began attending a community church in Wisconsin where Kurt became involved in leadership. Kurt was asked study the “church in the US” and find out “what’s working.” This study was life changing. He discovered that almost everything “working” was happening outside of the church buildings.
In 2004 Kurt and Carrie went through a church planter’s assessment and were approved for church planting but they no longer had a peace about planting a traditional church. They sensed that God had other plans for them.
Then in 2005 they bought a “fixer-upper” and moved to the country. It was similar to Moses going to Midian. God knew right where they were and He could send them a burning bush whenever He wanted. Kurt’s study of the first century church only intensified after this move. For 8 years they worked, studied and raised their family.
In May of 2012 God impressed a very powerful thought on Kurt’s mind. “I NEVER TOLD ANYONE TO PLANT A CHURCH!” Kurt was shocked. He replied, “Lord, how can you say that? There are churches everywhere.” In his mind he heard the Lord say, “IF YOU LOOK IN MY WORD YOU WILL SEE THAT I NEVER COMMANDED ANYONE TO ‘PLANT A CHURCH.’ I DID SAY, ‘YOU GO MAKE DISCIPLES.’ I ALSO SAID, ‘I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.’ LET’S KEEP THAT STRAIGHT.” It was like the Lord was saying, “YOU DO YOUR JOB AND I’LL DO MINE!”
So Kurt began to pray, “Ok Lord, if you want me to make disciples, then show me where, how, and with whom and I will do it.” God answered that prayer quickly. Within 2 weeks Kurt learned of Disciple Making Movements (DMM) where obedient disciples of Jesus naturally made more obedient disciples of Jesus which turned into rapidly reproducing networks of disciples.
Kurt and Carrie attended a DMM training in Minneapolis in November of 2012 and were so inspired by what they heard that they decided to host a training. So, in January of 2013, they hosted a training at Green Lake Conference center in Green Lake, Wisconsin.
This was followed by a series of invitations to assist in training with City Team International. About the 3rd or 4th training Kurt had to do the entire training by himself.
Then a Middle Eastern man said, “This is the greatest need in the Middle East! Will you come and train in the Middle East?” Kurt laughed and said, “Sure, if God provides the money then I’ll come and train in the Middle East.” The next thing he knew, the funds had been donated! So, he went to the Middle East and trained about 250 men and women. This was the first overseas training.
Since 2013 The IDMI has trained Thousands of leaders in 15 countries on 4 continents and seen over 300,000 new disciples of Jesus develop.
It is so exciting to see those who have been trained go out and put what they learned into practice! In some places we have experienced over 2,500% growth! This Kind of growth is necessary to FINISH the Great Commission.
The reports coming in from around the world sound like a continuation of the book of Acts. Miracles and healings are common!
As these trainings take place, new leaders emerge and they go out and teach and train others. This is a movement where every member participates in ALL the aspects of the ministry. We are an army of ordinary people having a massive impact through simple obedience and replication.
In these movements everyone fishes for men. Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Therefore, those who follow Him will fish for men and those who don’t (or wont) fish for men aren’t truly following Him even if they say they are.
Jeremiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” If you are sensing that this is The way God wants you to walk, get in touch with us today.
So what is The IDMI? The IDMI is a rapidly multiplying movement of followers of Jesus Christ! It was started by God and is directed and sustained by God. It consists of multiple networks of faithful, obedient, praying disciples of Jesus Christ who naturally multiply (like any other healthy living thing). It grows through constant expansion as every disciple operates as directed by the Holy Spirit according to the scriptures.
The true character of The IDMI is expressed by the tens of thousands of obedient disciples who are on the front lines of this movement! They are sharing the gospel, healing the sick, casting out demons, baptizing new disciples, and starting new fellowships every day! Pray for them! They are the true unsung heroes of this movement!
As the IDMI continues to grow, new movements will start in nations all over the earth. More and more invitations will be received, more and more leaders will emerge, and nations will be discipled! Networks of Disciples will cover this earth so that “the knowledge of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.” We will see with our own eyes that we were used by God to usher in HIS return.
The Apostle Peter Said, “…you look forward to the day of God and speed it’s coming.” Is your life speeding the return of Jesus?
Join the Movement! Become a disciple who makes disciples, help others to do the same, and speed the return of Jesus.