The world of missions has
changed radically in a generation.
Whereas the American
Church used to carry the
lion’s share of the load, the rest of the world has swept past us with a great
swoosh of the Spirit’s wind.
In India alone,
thousands of national missionaries are reaching one billion of their countrymen
with the hope that Jesus offered.
So what role does that leave for
the American Church?
One of the most obvious ways we can come alongside nationals overseas is
with an Ephesians 4:12 ministry of equipping them for works of service, and
especially leadership training. EQUIP is
a good example of a ministry that does this.
I personally write a lot on the subject of leadership (for a list of my blogs on leadership, go here). And I’m continually looking for free leadership
resources for nationals (in countries where they can’t get them). For example, here is a free set of
commentaries and a spiritual gift test.
The best free leadership resource I’ve
seen so far is available at this link. Or click on any of the following articles. A missionary who trains leaders in the bush in Botswana uses them and told me about them. Many are by George Patterson, a leadership guru.
Deal wisely with
leaders accustomed to high level authority
Balanced Ministry Triangle
of relationships in the Trinity, applied to disciple making
Balanced Church Life
ministries of a church or Christian organization
to help people to follow good biblical examples
Bible Models with Role-Plays, and Guidelines
flocks by teaching with role-plays.
O. T. stories introducing
basic spiritual truths, listed with related New Testament stories:
For all Bible stories and
Shepherd’s Storybook www.Paul-Timothy.net.
[Family and Small Groups]
Bible, stories for children, discussion questions
Cautions for Field Administrators
common errors of green or careless field supervisors.
Good and bad routes
to take to form small groups (a diagram, MSWord document)
Cells and House Churches, Get Started
summary of what to do.
Cells, Reach your City with Cells (Home Groups)
researched. Thorough treatment.
Cellular Church Body, Analysis of Development
Form small churches within a larger congregation.
Child of Peace
Work with a person of
peace like Levi, Cornelius or Lydia
to enter communities
Children, Caring for during Worship
children to work with adults during worship
Children Participate Seriously in Church Life
Children disciple younger ones and serve with adults.
Can we Take it too Far?
misconceptions, false idealism
Church Multiplication Guide Explained
[Church Planting and Leadership Training]
Church Reproduction, Spontaneous
study: George Patterson, Honduras
Church Planter’s Checklist
list of vital church planting tasks, to remind one what to do
Church Planting Myths
‘sacred cows’ that paralyze the work by exposing myths
Communicate the Gospel to Muslims
non-argumentive approach to sharing Christ wih Muslim friends
Community, Christian, Developing
to build healthy church bodies and cells
Congregational Progress Chart
of vital ministries, to train shepherds
Congregations Serving Each Other
[Church Body Life]
interaction between cells & churches
Coordinating New Church Work in a Large Region
[Mission, Church Planting
Mobilize new leaders
Development and Relief
command to love our neighbor in practical way
Discipleship and Intimacy with God
outline, Neil Gamble, renewal
that balances Relationships, the Word and Ministry:
See Balanced Ministry
traditional religious education, its problems and solutions
Theological, oriented to obedience:
see Obedience Oriented Education.
How mentors make
new leaders’ ministry more effective
Evangelism, working with a ‘Son of Peace’
to penetrate a new community
of Life and Death,
see Life and Death
See Mentoring for Ministry
Freedoms that Churches Should Enjoy
Free believers & flocks from paralyzing traditions
focus on both local and distant outreach
Healing in Jesus’ Name
testimony by a medical doctor, Klydi Vampa, M.D.
Idols of any Kind Grieve God
compared to a mother’s broken heart
Jesus’ Major Commands
to make disciples who obey our Lord’s commands
Jesus’ Commands, Short List
list summing up all that Jesus commanded
Jesus’ Life and the Good News
summary, based on the Apostles’ testimony
What the Koran teaches about Jesus (a ‘bridge’ to build relationships
How mentors can make
new leaders more effective
Training by mentoring:
Man of Peace:
‘Child of Peace’
Mentoring, Applications (different purposes)
Strengthen flocks, families & organization.
Compared to Classroom
Brief Analysisï¿½Complete Analysis
Mentoring, Assertive and Purposeful
tied to action aimed at
Mentor for Ministry
Formal course for seminary credit or
certificate: 7 modules, content & aims
Mentoring, General Guidelines
training new Christian leaders
information from trainees (MS Wordï¿½ Doc)
Brief articles on a
variety of issues and problems that mentors face (Page)
Mentoring New Leaders–
Who Should Do it? [Training Leaders]
among new leaders
then select studies that fit needs of each trainee’s flock
Ministries Check List
A chart of
church activities that the New Testament requires
ministeriios que Dios requiere que una iglesia haga
Mission Theory and Practice Integrated
Add action to mission courses
Communicating the Good News
New Shepherd’s Identified
for identifying pastoral workers
Obedience Oriented Education
and Evangelism by Extension (
‘One Another’ Commands
and congregations to serve one another in love
Help mentors to know
trainees’ strength and needy areas of focus
Religions, Non-Christian, Dealing with
in pagan societiesâ€•what to do and to avoid
Renewal–Repair Rusty Organizational Structures
Freedom from restrictive rules
River of Grace [Pastoral Work]
Resist power-hungry controllers and
legalistic rules. A short story.
extensive list, arranged topically):
Routes that churches takeï¿½good and badï¿½to grow
Small groups, diagram (MS Wordï¿½)
volunteer workers. See also Voluntary Workers.
Church: See ‘Globalocal
Sin, original. Eve Tells Cain & Abel How Life Was before the
Eve laments the great loss
Small Groups, Starting
Start cells that edify believers & reproduce new cells
good & bad routes that churches take to form cells (diagram):
Spiritual Gifts – Biblical Models
gifting: compare one’s interests with persons in the Bible
Spontaneous Reproduction of Churches
Case study and guidelines. George Patterson (pdf)
Stories & Skits
Use stories, skits
and role-plays to teach God’s Word more effectively
Suffering, for Twelve Years
woman’s thoughts, who was healed of a hemorrhage.
Teaching Integrated with other Disciplines
truth and task; defragmenting theology
Missionary Team Formation.
Train Leaders Like Jesus and His Apostles Did
Supplement lectures with mentoring.
Trouble Shooting Chart
Writing Studies to Train Leaders
to write simple textbooks that result in action
Workers Mobilized, Activating Invisible Resources
Mobilize more workers for missions