• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

In the midst of change

Over the past year, we have been dialoguing together on the impact of global currents on the outworking of World Team’s global vision.  Many of you have either been involved in working groups discussing this topic or have freely shared your thoughts and ideas with me.

Earlier in the year, I made available the Global QuickVIEW document on this blog.  Now I would like to make available two documents that were given to all our leaders: “Leading Well in the Midst of Change” and “Resources Supplement”.  Simply right click on the link below to save these documents for yourself.

Leading Well in the Midst of Change

Resources Supplement

Working through all the input that was given by workers in the WT community, a series of ‘guiding principles’ were drawn up to direct our next planning process.  The “Leading Well in the Midst of Change” document is an attempt to provide a framework for the development of ministry plans over the coming months, knowing that change will be needed for the new contexts that we find.  The “Resources Supplement” summarizes all the input given as to possible broad-based solutions to our global vision in light of global currents.

As you read these documents, I encourage you to ask yourself and your team these questions:

  • What concepts, ideas, or insights do I resonate with as I read through these documents?
  • What trend(s) is most at work in my area of ministry?
  • What changes will I (we) need to make in order to carry out more fruitfully our vision of innovative teams multiplying disciples and communities of believers bringing the Gospel within reach of lost people everywhere we go?

3 Responses

  1. One major concern is for the communication the gospel to all including the peoples who reside in countries with governments so hostile to the gospel that is virtually impossible for a foreigner to minister in country even as a bi-professional or with a BAM approach. In the light of God’s Evangelistic Mandate His church is still responsible to reach all peoples in all countries. As our world rapidly changes, it seems to be getting progressively more hostile to a Christian witness.

    I have friends who are able to continue to serve in a very hostile context as bi-professionals but can not attend the churches that they are planting since their presence in a meeting of Christians would endanger the lives of the national believers. They are facilitating a C-P ministry by privately and individually mentoring nationals who are planting the churches. But how can we accomplish the Lord’s mandate to reach those in the most hostile nations of the world where we cannot get an entrance even with a BAM approach? Should WT not consider some of the following possibilities?
    1) Disciple migrants from that “closed” country and people group who live in a “closed” county and seek to mobilize some of them to return as church-starting disciple-makers to their home land
    2) Network with organizations like ISI to make contact with those who have been discipled while students in universities in the West and plan to return as professionals to their home country. Before these who have been students in our Western universities return to their home church we give them training as church planters and then have “non—resident” WT missionaries meet with them for encouragement, training, and counseling at a place where they are doing business in this globalized world as they seek to do evangelistic church starting in their own country.

    How can WT be innovative in finding means to reach the unreached with the gospel in the most hostile contexts?

    • Excellent comments. Currently we do have a ministry focused on your first suggestion. We need to ‘multiply’ this ministry in other places. Your second suggestion pushes us further to look out and see other organizations with whom we could partner with.

  2. I note that I made an error in keyboarding and wrote “church ” when I meant to write “country.” Here is the corrected second suggestion:

    Network with organizations like ISI in order to make contact with those who have been discipled while students in universities in the West and plan to return as professionals to their home country. Before these who have become Christians while students in our Western universities return to their home country we give them training as church planters. Then have “non—resident” WT missionaries meet with them when they are out of their country on business for encouragement, training, and counseling as they seek to do evangelistic church starting in their own country.

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