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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 a…
By Seth Barnes

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.

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Autocratic Leaders

[Leadership]

Deal wisely with
leaders accustomed to high level authority

Balanced Ministry Triangle

[Pastoral Work]

Diagram
of relationships in the Trinity, applied to disciple making

Balanced Church Life

[Pastoral Work]

Harmonize the
ministries of a church or Christian organization

Bible Models

[Character Development]

Tell stories
to help people to follow good biblical examples

Bible Models with Role-Plays, and Guidelines

[Pastoral Work]

Develop healthy
flocks by teaching with role-plays.

Bible Stories

[Bible]

O. T. stories introducing
basic spiritual truths, listed with related New Testament stories:

For all Bible stories and
applications, download

Appendix from

Shepherd’s Storybook www.Paul-Timothy.net.

Bible Readings

[Family and Small Groups]

Entire
Bible, stories for children, discussion questions

Cautions for Field Administrators

[Missions]

Avoid
common errors of green or careless field supervisors.

Cell formation

[Organization]

Good and bad routes
to take to form small groups
(a diagram, MSWord document)

Cells and House Churches, Get Started

[Pastoral Work]

Brief
summary of what to do.

Cells, Reach your City with Cells (Home Groups)

[Small Groups]

Extensively
researched. Thorough treatment.

Cellular Church Body, Analysis of Development

[Organization]

Form small churches within a larger congregation.

Child of Peace

[Evangelism]

Work with a person of
peace like Levi, Cornelius or Lydia
to enter communities

Children, Caring for during Worship

[Worship]

Prepare
children to work with adults during worship

Children Participate Seriously in Church Life


[Organization]

Children disciple younger ones and serve with adults.

Church Multiplication–

Can we Take it too Far?

[Church Planting]

Avoid
misconceptions, false idealism

Church Multiplication Guide Explained

[Church Planting and Leadership Training]

Flocks
that reproduce

Church Reproduction, Spontaneous

[Missions]

Case
study: George Patterson, Honduras

(pdf file).

Church Planter’s Checklist

[Church Planting]

Brief
list of vital church planting tasks, to remind one what to do

Church Planting Myths

[Church Planting]

Slay
‘sacred cows’ that paralyze the work by exposing myths

Communicate the Gospel to Muslims

[Missions]

A
non-argumentive approach to sharing Christ wih Muslim friends

Community, Christian, Developing

[Pastoral Work]

Activities
to build healthy church bodies and cells

Congregational Progress Chart

[Mentoring]

Checklist
of vital ministries, to train shepherds

Congregations Serving Each Other

[Church Body Life]

Edifying
interaction between cells & churches

Coordinating New Church Work in a Large Region

[Mission, Church Planting
and Leadership]

Mobilize new leaders

Development and Relief

[Mercy Ministry]

Jesus’
command to love our neighbor in practical way

Discipleship and Intimacy with God

[Discipling]

Workshop
outline, Neil Gamble, renewal

Discipling
that balances Relationships, the Word and Ministry:

See Balanced Ministry
Triangle
(diagram)

Education, Christian

[Education]

Rethinking
traditional religious education, its problems and solutions

Education,
Theological, oriented to obedience:

see Obedience Oriented Education.

Empowering Shepherds

[Mentoring]

How mentors make
new leaders’ ministry more effective

Evangelism, working with a ‘Son of Peace’

[Missions]

Guidelines
to penetrate a new community

Fifteen Facts
of Life and Death,

see Life and Death

Formal Course,

See Mentoring for Ministry

Freedoms that Churches Should Enjoy

[Leadership]


Free believers & flocks from paralyzing traditions

‘GlobaLocal’ Church

[Missions]

‘Double vision’
focus on both local and distant outreach

Healing in Jesus’ Name

[Mercy Ministry]

A
testimony by a medical doctor, Klydi Vampa, M.D.

Idols of any Kind Grieve God

[Devotional]

God’s love
compared to a mother’s broken heart

Jesus’ Major Commands

[Discipling]

Bible studies,
to make disciples who obey our Lord’s commands

Jesus’ Commands, Short List

[Discipling]

A brief
list summing up all that Jesus commanded

Jesus’ Life and the Good News

[Evangelism]

A brief
summary, based on the Apostles’ testimony

Koran.

[Mission]

What the Koran teaches about Jesus (a ‘bridge’ to build relationships
with Muslims)

Leaders Empowered

[Leadership]

How mentors can make
new leaders more effective

Leadership
Training by mentoring:

see Mentoring…

Man of Peace:

See
‘Child of Peace’

Mentoring, Applications (different purposes)

[Leadership]

Strengthen flocks, families & organization.

Mentoring
Compared to Classroom

Brief Analysis�Complete Analysis

[Leadership Training]

Orient
mentors.

Mentoring, Assertive and Purposeful

[Mentoring]

Instruction
tied to action aimed at

results

Mentor for Ministry

[Mentoring]

Formal course for seminary credit or
certificate: 7 modules, content & aims

Mentoring, General Guidelines

[Mentoring]

Aids for
training new Christian leaders

Mentoring

Information Chart

[Mentoring]

Gather
information from trainees (MS Word� Doc)

MentorNet Messages

[Mentoring]

Brief articles on a
variety of issues and problems that mentors face (Page)

Mentoring New Leaders–

Who Should Do it? [Training Leaders]

Enlist trainers
among new leaders

Menu-based Training

[Mentoring]

Listen,
then select studies that fit needs of each trainee’s flock

Ministries Check List

[Leadership]

A chart of
church activities that the New Testament requires

Ministerios
Importantes

[Pastoral]

Los
ministeriios que Dios requiere que una iglesia haga

Mission Theory and Practice Integrated

[Mission Training]

Add action to mission courses

Muslim Work

[Missions]

Communicating the Good News
to Muslims

New Shepherd’s Identified

[Leadership]

Guidelines
for identifying pastoral workers

Obedience Oriented Education

[Pastoral Training]

Theological
Education

and Evangelism by Extension (

TEEE)

‘One Another’ Commands

[Pastoral]

Help believers
and congregations to serve one another in love

Priorities Chart

[Mentoring]

Help mentors to know
trainees’ strength and needy areas of focus

Religions, Non-Christian, Dealing with

[Missions]

Serving
in pagan societies―what to do and to avoid

Renewal–Repair Rusty Organizational Structures


[Leadership]

Freedom from restrictive rules

River of Grace [Pastoral Work]

Resist power-hungry controllers and
legalistic rules.
A short story.

Role-plays (an
extensive list, arranged topically):

See Demonstrations.

Routes that churches take�good and bad�to grow

(Leadership]

Small groups, diagram (MS Word�)

Self-support Issues

[Stewardship]

Mobilizing many
volunteer workers. See also Voluntary Workers.

Sending
Church: See ‘Globalocal
Church’

Sin, original. Eve Tells Cain & Abel How Life Was before the
Fall

[Devotional]

Eve laments the great loss

Small Groups, Starting

[Leadership]

Guidelines.
Start cells that edify believers & reproduce new cells

Small Groups,
good & bad routes that churches take to form cells (diagram):

See Cell
Formation.

Spiritual Gifts – Biblical Models

[Pastoral]

Discern
gifting: compare one’s interests with persons in the Bible

Spontaneous Reproduction of Churches

[Missions, church
planting]

Case study and guidelines. George Patterson (pdf)

Stories & Skits

[Education]

Use stories, skits
and role-plays to teach God’s Word more effectively

Suffering, for Twelve Years

[Devotional]

The
woman’s thoughts, who was healed of a hemorrhage.

Teaching Integrated with other Disciplines

[Education]

Integrate
truth and task; defragmenting theology

Team Formation


See

Missionary Team Formation.

Train Leaders Like Jesus and His Apostles Did

[Education]

Supplement lectures with mentoring.

Trouble Shooting Chart

[Church Planting]

Helps for
common problems

Writing Studies to Train Leaders

[Education]

Guidelines
to write simple textbooks that result in action

Vision:

See

Globalocal Church

.

Workers Mobilized, Activating Invisible Resources

[Missions]

Mobilize more workers for missions

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