I personally believe that the success of any missionary endeavor can be measured by the degree that nationals on any mission field are themselves fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. For this goal of
Our present-day culture can be described as a comfort-at-any-cost society. In this environment, things such as affliction, pain, persecution, and other forms of suffering are viewed as obstacles and enemies. Missionaries are not immune from
Millions of professing Christians waiver, when confronted with the need to follow Christ whole-heartedly. Millions more excuse themselves by saying, “I am thinking about it. Perhaps one day I will decide.” The latter group is
In The Great Commission, Jesus dictated to believers the “what” – ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ But He also dictated the “how” – ‘teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’ We believe deeply in the effectiveness and promise of theological education; not for education’s sake, but for the promise it holds to build leaders who have the vision, integrity and competence that the Church and the Gospel demand.
To grow His Church around the world, Jesus invested in just twelve key leaders. By investing deeply in leaders, we are following the only model of church growth that has ever proven to be sustainable and fruitful. We invest into pastors, missionaries and leadership, and these trained Christian leaders, in turn, invest out into the community to which they serve. Throughout the year, we are able to have an influence on the theology and praxis of hundreds of worthy laborers who have often not had the privilege of studying in a formal Bible institute or seminary. This training takes its most personal form at our annual Bible conference, where we cover the following topics:
- Systematic Theology – the division of theology into systems that explain its various areas.
- Hermeneutics – the science of properly interpreting the various types of literature found in the Bible.
- Expository Preaching – the exposition, or comprehensive explanation, of the Scripture
- Pastoral Ministry – the ministries and/or services usually performed by a pastor in a church setting.
- Church Administration & Management – vision, planning, organization, administration, communication, and
- Leadership Qualities – spiritual gifts, conduct, integrity, wisdom, excellence.
Our leadership conferences function as a double blessing in that the teachers are often as blessed and encouraged as the indigenous missionaries they have taught. The Gospel ministry in the United States can often be a source of discouragement for the faithful pastor who sees little hunger for the Word among his congregants. It is so very encouraging for him to teach the Word to a hundred or more laborers who sit on the edge of their seats to hear every word and who soak up truth with overwhelming gratitude and joy. Think of the importance of leaders in your own faith journey. Contrast that with other parts of the World where so many believers and would-be believers are truly “sheep without a shepherd.”
Training indigenous or native missionaries for ministry benefits the whole church … so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Eph. 4:12-15). Consider what is at stake, according to Ephesians 4:11-15, when we do not train people for ministry:
- Building up of the body
- Balance and completeness
- Growth of the body into Christ-likeness
We have been blessed with pastors, teachers and evangelists from the United States who comprise our conference teams. They are men and women who have given themselves to know God and His Word. Leadership development is the central task of our conference teams, which is to help leaders at every level of leadership assess and develop their Christian character and acquire, reinforce, and refine their ministry knowledge and skills. The conference speakers see this work as a privilege and either pay their own way or are sponsored by their home church. Such dedication on their part allows us to continue directing the greater part of the donations entrusted to us to the needs of the indigenous missionary.
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