• 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!

Ten reasons why World Team will change

top-ten-reasons-marriedReason number 1: As the Gospel becomes more and more central to all our affections, it will work itself out in fresh ways in our ministries.

Reason number 2: Workers are rediscovering ‘the rush’ of walking with Jesus.

Reason number 3: Experienced workers are realizing that we are moving from being doers of the ministry to equippers for the ministry.

Our strength is limited.  We learn that principle more and more every day.  As time goes by, we realize we cannot do all the activities we did five years ago.  Our time, our strength and our bandwidth is not adequate to the task. So, my ministry needs to give way to training, developing, coaching and equipping others to enter into ministry.  I multiply myself and the ministry by choosing to invest in others.

T.J. Addington put it this way: “It is no longer about what we as missionaries can do ourselves but what we can help others do in their context. Increasingly we must stand behind and alongside national workers as equippers, coaches, and encouragers rather than in front of them.  This is reflective of what Jesus intended for the church. Paul writes in Ephesians 4:11-12 that “Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”.

The application of this in missions is that workers are often trainers and equippers of others to help them do what they can do better than us in their context. Thus, in many cases, workers are no longer primarily church planters and evangelists but they are equippers and trainers of nationals in theology, church planting, holistic ministries and those ministries that contribute to the growth of the church.”

What I’m starting to hear more and more, in some of our communications, are the names of national workers engaged in CPM for whom I need to be praying.  I’m starting to hear of the mentoring and coaching that is going on between WT workers and national evangelists and pastors.  I’m starting to hear the sound of a shift from doing to equipping.

 

3 Responses

  1. Facilitation is almost an imperative IF we are to be focused on reproduction and multiplication.

    This is why Barnabas is one of my heroes; he, like John the Baptist, knew when to minister on the front lines…and then step back, having prepared the way for other ministers who would outshine them.

    It seems to me that the growth of Great Commission commitment and engagement from “majority world’ believers will imply more of our (Western) coming alongside (or behind) to humbly, yet boldly, cooperate.

    • The realization of the Majority World engagement in world missions is perhaps another reason why WT will change. We are now in a global community, an international team, that will call us to more equipping, facilitating and working alongside others.

      • Joe Conley in Drumbeats show that this value is at the historical roots of Both RBMU and West Indies Mission. The amazing CPMs in both Cuba and Haiti began this way. In both cases it was church-planting by nationals and the role of the missionary was training and facilitation that the Lord used as He establish those movements. ( Pasteur Brésile St. Germain once told me that every church in Haiti planted by a missionary that he knew of was problem church.) Nationals do C-P better. Lets change by getting back to how we begun –maybe with new innovative means but with the same foundational principles.

        As we face the future in a rapidly changing world realistically we need to remember our history and God’s unchanging mandate and gospel.

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