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UNPOLISHED, BUT JEWELS NONETHELESS!
Saturation church planting requires ministry that is focused,
fertile, and fast! Such qualities raise questions. Where will leadership
come from and how well can leaders be trained in such a short time? How
can evangelism and discipleship take place so effectively? Where
will the finances come from to support the ministry?
These and other questions were raised whenScott Friderichand
I (both of the ASCP's Regional Resource Team) visited three churches
in North centralKazakhstan in March. All three churches have leaders
with less than one year of Bible school training . . . two leaders
entered ministry less than 12 months after coming to Christ, and
one began to pastor just 13 months after conversion!
What kind of ministry philosophy generates such results? Are
there not serious problems in these churches or at least a serious
shallowness of faith? Some common ministry of philosophy threads
run through all three churches . . .
For the most part, evangelism and discipleship take place relationally
and individually with the support of small (but strong) house groups. House
groups are discipleship, worship, and ministry centers, and each
owns its responsibility to evangelize its part of the city. Generally,
a new believer will visit a house group before coming to the larger
corporate church gathering.
Potential leaders are those who show signs of transformation. They
are trained to lead small groups that grow by evangelism and discipleship
(nine months of Bible school training is offered to leaders with
the greatest potential). House groups take the vision of planting
churches seriously and sometimes become the foundation for a new
church. Most leaders have been believers for less than 3 years,
but they are committed to the activities and values of the Great
Commission. Immature and/or fleshly behavior does express itself
at times, but the focus is never compromised. In the last eight
years, 35 people have been sent out to serve other churches as
pastors or on leadership teams.
Except for a few stipends, the churches require no regular financial
support from outside the country. They are driven by multiplication
and not by resources or facilities.
How can we assist these churches to become even more powerful
without causing dependency? How can we help these churches without
removing the struggles that God may be using to strengthen their
faith? How can we resource them and not inhibit their ability or
passion to reproduce their ministry?
ASCP Regional Resource Team
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Church Multiplication Associates (CMA) exists to support and encourage
church multiplication movements by developing new resources focused
on reproducing disciples, leaders, churches and movements from
the place where you're planted and finishing at the ends of the
earth. At www.CMAresources.org,
Neil Cole shares leadership lessons from the missionary journeys
of the Apostle Paul. Follow this link to Leadership
that Lasts: Journeys to Significance.
For more from Neil Cole, check out his book Cultivating
a Life for God:
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"RESEARCH WITH FEET"
by Scott Friderich
Scott Friderichis Research Consultant to the ASCP (sent by Perimeter
Church) and an integral part of its Regional Resource
Team inBudapest. Along with conquering virtual civilizations
and devouring books on history, Scott is passionate about training
national church planting researchers. In AprilScott helped
complete a research project for the Antioch Movement in Ukraine. To
learn more about Scott's convictions on the value of research
and church planting, follow this link to his article Research
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interact with Scott Friderich on this article.
Alliance Field Leaders' Consultation
September 16-18, 2004
Featuring David Garrison, author of Church Planting Movements
More details to come...
Omega Course Giveaway
Because of the popularity of Omega
Course (practical training for church planters) in
electronic form, the ASCP must liquidate its paper stock of
English manuals (five-manual sets). The ASCP offers these
manuals for FREE if you will pay the actual shipping/handlings
costs to your USAaddress. You may even request whole cases
(approximately 15 copies of one manual). Consider receiving
and storing extras for your own at-cost distribution.
Please contact Christine Powers at Bible League, to arrange payment
Email Christine Powers
Tel. (708) 367-8560.
The same offer applies to other ASCP hard copy resources, Prayer
that Strengthens and Expands the Church and Mentoring
Guidelines for Church Planters. Click
here for more information on these resources.
Bernie Miller, Assoc. Director
P.O. Box 843,
Monument, CO 80132
Tel: (719)488-4172 or
Email Bernie Miller
Jay Weaver, Director of Field Ministries
1111-Budapest Budafoki ut 34/B, III/3 Hungary
Tel: +36 1 466-5978
Email Jay Weaver
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