Demonstrated Love in India

December 12 2018

Seventy men, women, and children sat down on the large plastic tarp spread out on the dirt at the entrance of the village. With a dubious history as roving Gypsy thieves, this unique community of the Banjara tribal people is now settling into a more traditional agricultural life. What a privilege for me to stand before them sharing God’s Word.

The stories of Jesus I chose seemed to capture their focus and move their hearts. Indian people delight in drama, so my translator and I acted out some of the events described. Their response showed clearly that God was at work! The next thing I knew I was given a bag of candy to pass out to the children.

It was obvious to me that the village people lacked basic, essential health care. Open sores, infections, and disabling injuries were quite evident. Our team spontaneously promised to sponsor a free medical clinic in the coming year. God’s love is best understood when it is demonstrated, not only explained. Expressions of kindness and compassion were the norm in Jesus’ own ministry. He healed the sick and took notice of those suffering without help and hope. May the Lord teach us all how to be sensitive, ready and willing to meet the needs of people around us. It is the greatest joy in life!

By Roger Kruse, Church Multiplication Facilitator in India

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The Faith to Believe

December 12 2018

Lakshman is a hard working stone cutter in India. This is hard work. But this is how he provides for his family. Lakshman became an orphan at a young age and was later raised by his grandparents. Unfortunately, at 12 years old Lakshman had already begun smoking and drinking alcohol. His passion was going to the cinema every Sunday to watch movies. Over time, however, he grew restless and noticed some Christians going to worship. His grandfather had also told him that if he went to church he would find peace of mind. Finally, some believers accompanied him to worship. He was struck by the words of Jesus, “If you ask, you will receive.” As a Hindu, he wondered how a single deity could handle the many requests made by so many different people. He questioned if God could hear his prayer. Because Lakshman did not know how to read, he prayed and asked God to teach him. He also combined his prayers with 10 days of fasting. On a Friday, the Holy Spirit spoke to him that his prayer would be answered. He went outside and saw writing on a wall and was able to understand it! People wondered how he was now beginning to read. As he pursued Christ through prayer, he felt convicted about the wrong things he had done in his life. He asked forgiveness and discovered the reality of Jesus living within.

Lakshman had a desire in his heart to share his new-found faith with others, but he didn’t know how. He connected with an ECC team leader and began watching, learning, and joining in the ministry. He was taught the T&M strategy and began sharing Bible stories in his own village. Ten people pursued faith in Christ and formed a nucleus of a new house church. Over time his vision also included the building of a place of worship. The poor villagers themselves doubted their ability to raise the necessary resources. With faith and the collateral of the women’s gold jewelry from the congregation, Lakshman somehow secured a large loan to begin construction. The work is now nearly finished. As we visited, a carpenter was making window frames with just a few basic tools.

Lakshman shared that he is currently training three new leaders and sharing the Gospel in 15 other villages. I never cease to be amazed at the obedient faith of my Indian brothers and sisters.

By Roger Kruse, Church Multiplication Facilitator in India

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Train and Multiply - The Method Explained

October 8 2015

by Aaron Taylor

During out last post we discussed what Train and Multiply (T&M) is, and how it can be dynamically used just about anywhere. Now let's take a deeper look at the heart of the method and discover what T&M actually does.

12 Multiplication Principles

All of the methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC) utilize 12 biblically-based multiplication principles.

  • Fervent Prayer
  • Abundant Gospel Sowing
  • Intentional Church Planting
  • Scriptural Authority
  • Equip Local Leadership
  • Mobilization of Lay Leaders
  • Cell Church, House Church, Village Church
  • Churches Planting Churches
  • Church Reproduction Without Delay
  • Healthy Churches
  • Immediate Incorporation of New Believers into the Life and Ministry of the Church
  • Active Training While in Ministry

While T&M ascribes to all of these principles, we find that the method is especially strong in the aspects of Gospel sowing, intentional church planting, equipping local leadership, on-the-job training, churches planting churches, and rapid church reproduction.

The Process

The process starts with a pastoral worker who finds a person who demonstrates hospitality and a willingness to hear a Gospel message. The pastoral worker shares the Good News with this person and their circle of influence.

Once this group gets a solid grasp of the Gospel and ministry of Jesus Christ, they learn from the pastoral worker how to do such things as pastoral care, baptism, and other on-the-job experiences. This type of hands-on training is what truly grows the leadership abilities of these new believers very quickly.

The new believers then continue to worship together and take responsibility for all of the functions of a house church. The pastoral worker encourages them and invites those whom God calls to become pastoral workers who will plant the next generation of churches.

The pastoral worker coaches these new pastoral workers to follow their example until they are fully trained and developing another generation of churches and leaders.

From here the cycle continues on and on, and the Church continues to grow. Thus,Train and Multiply has proven to be a substantial leadership development tool to expand the kingdom of God. This method, along with the grace of God, can take the Gospel to places it has never been before and reach millions of seeking souls that are hungry for God.

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onemissionsociety.org/ecc

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Train and Multiply - An Introduction

October 6 2015

by Aaron Taylor


Over the past two weeks we have discussed two different church planting methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC). This week we will look at the third and final process called Train and Multiply (T&M).

What is Train and Multiply?

Train and Multiply is a joint venture between Project WorldReach and One Mission Society that functions as a certifiable method of church planting and church multiplication. It was designed as a training method for potential Christian leaders to evangelize and broaden the reach of the church as a whole. T&M utilizes a unique approach to train leaders who will influence their culture and lead others to follow Jesus Christ.

How is it Used?

T&M has been translated into over 39 different languages (and counting), and thus can be used virtually anywhere. This method ascribes to the view that no one can influence a culture like those that are already members of it. T&M uses a simple, practical, reproducible leadership development process. The training materials use simple language and the illustrations reflect local dress and facial norms. The simplistic universality of T&M is what makes it such a powerful tool.

Later this week we will begin to dig into the specifics of the T&M curriculum, showing exactly how this method seeks to train leaders to influence their own culture.

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trainandmultiply.com

onemissionsociety.org/ecc

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Training for Trainers - The Method

October 1 2015

by Aaron Taylor

We've mentioned the Training for Trainers (T4T) method, but let's take a look at what this training method actually does.

12 Multiplication Principles

All of the methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC) utilize 12 biblically-based multiplication principles. The principles are:

  • Fervent Prayer
  • Abundant Gospel Sowing
  • Intentional Church Planting
  • Scriptural Authority
  • Equip Local Leadership
  • Mobilization of Lay Leaders
  • Cell Church, House Church, Village Church
  • Churches Planting Churches
  • Church Reproduction Without Delay
  • Healthy Churches
  • Immediate Incorporation of New Believers into the Life and Ministry of the Church
  • Active Training While in Ministry

Training for Trainers incorporates each principle to some extent, but its strongest points emphasize on-the-job training for church leadership, healthy churches, intentional church planting, and abundant Gospel sowing.

The Process

The T4T process begins with nine training sessions that prepare individuals to effectively evangelize and plant churches no matter their cultural context. T4T is a ministry process to help you position yourself to see the Spirit of God ignite a church planting movement. The T4T process contains all the elements to help you see a balanced and sustained movement emerge from the Spirit's empowerment.

T4T is similar to the other methods employed by ECC in that its goal is to train believers who can train others in a very simple yet effective method of evangelism and discipleship. The goal of the training is to establish rapidly reproducing churches and groups of disciples across relationship networks.

The difference occurs in the training. T4T aims to prepare church planters themselves to first discover why church planting is so important, then to set goals and utilize their personal testimony in bringing others to belief in Christ.

Each training session in T4T includes videos and additional resources to help prepare church planters for whatever questions or situations they may face. Therefore, if you feel highly called to plant churches, but don't know where to begin, Training for Trainers may be a good place to start!

For Additional Resources Visit:

t4tonline.org

onemissionsociety.org/ecc

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Training for Trainers - An Introduction

September 29 2015

by Aaron Taylor


Last week we dove into the first of three church planting processes promoted and used by Every Community for Christ (ECC), Village Church Planting (VCP). This week we will be taking a closer look at another one of the processes, titled Training for Trainers (T4T).

What is Training for Trainers?

Training for Trainers is a cooperative effort by David Garrison, the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, and Greater Europe Mission. Adapted from a training method developed by Ying Kai, T4T is now inspiring church planting movements all over the globe. Primarily used in Asia, T4T has seen Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and even secular communities come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

How is it used?

T4T, at its most basic level, is truly a method of training fishers of men. Ascribing to the belief that Jesus has already prepared the hearts and minds of those seeking him, T4T equips church planters with the tools needed to effectively change a culture and bring people to Christ. If you are a church planter who is seeking training that will bring momentum to your church plant, Training for Trainers is a great place to start.

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t4tonline.org

onemissionsociety.org/ecc

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Village Church Planting - The Method Explained

September 24 2015

by Aaron Taylor


Our previous post introduced you to the church planting method that has hit Africa by storm, creating many worshiping communities and bringing many people to Christ. Now let's really look at what makes Village Church Planting (VCP) such a powerful method.

12 Multiplication Principles

All of the methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC) utilize 12 biblically-based multiplication principles. The principles are:

  • Fervent Prayer
  • Abundant Gospel Sowing
  • Intentional Church Planting
  • Scriptural Authority
  • Equip Local Leadership
  • Mobilization of Lay Leaders
  • Cell Church, House Church, Village Church
  • Churches Planting Churches
  • Church Reproduction Without Delay
  • Healthy Churches
  • Immediate Incorporation of New Believers into the Life and Ministry of the Church
  • Active Training While in Ministry

While all of these principles are found within the method, VCP emphasizes the areas of equipping local leadership; establishing cell, house, and village churches; church reproduction without delay; and immediate incorporation of new believers into the life and ministry of the church.

Village Church Planting (VCP) is a focused process to plant churches in the unreached villages of Africa with a trained-in ministry philosophy. Through this outreach, hundreds of Africans are coming to know the Lord each day and multiple churches are being planted daily across the continent.

VCP Vision Statement

The VCP program aims to plant spiritually maturing churches in every African village.

VCP Mission Statement

The VCP program seeks to facilitate the planting of spiritually maturing churches in all unreached African villages by mobilizing the body of Christ to train indigenous church planter pastors to start church planting movements.

The Process

This method begins by appointing a coordinator with proper training within a village in Africa and continues by eventually instructing indigenous churches to go and plant multiple churches, and to appoint and train pastors for these churches.

There are three steps, or levels, in the VCP process:

  • Level 1: Appoint a VCP Coordinator to supervise the work in a region or country.
  • Level 2: Establish training centers in market towns surrounded by unreached villages.
  • Level 3: Train bivocational pastoral workers who come to the training centers from the surrounding villages, and who plant churches that multiply in other villages.

Therefore, as you can see, the program has a built-in support system where new church plants are nurtured by older, more experienced church planters. Entire villages are taught sustaining practices by their coordinators through the imperishable life that comes from the ultimate source, Jesus Christ.

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Village Church Planting - An Introduction

September 22 2015

by Aaron Taylor

This week we will focus on one of the church planting methods that Every Community for Christ (ECC) uses, Village Church Planting (VCP). We'll see why it was chosen and how modern missionaries use it.

What is Village Church Planting?

Village Church Planting is a subsection of the Into Africa Project, a ministry of One Mission Society (OMS), and the official church planting method that is used in a majority of African villages. The process was developed in order to evangelize and plant churches in unreached villages in Africa.

Hundreds of men and women are coming to the saving work of Jesus Christ through this training-in-ministry process so often adopted by many ECC church plants.

How is it used?

Associated with VCP is a goal called The African Challenge. The end goal of The African Challenge is to have planted a church in every village in Africa by the year 2030. In order to do this, VCP relies heavily on the youth of African villages to lead an evangelical pursuit in their own context. Through coordination and training, churches all over Africa are spreading like wildfire. The VCP church planting method is specifically targeted for use throughout Africa, but that isn't to say that it couldn't be used elsewhere with a little adaptation.

Statistics

Since its conception, VCP has planted more than 42,500 churches throughout Africa, and nearly 5,500,000 members have committed their lives to Jesus Christ.

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intoafricaproject.org/vcp/

onemissionsociety.org/ecc

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Every Community for Christ Methodology - Intro

September 17 2015

Over the next three weeks, we will be posting a series about the three church multiplication methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC): Village Church Planting (VCP), Training for Trainers (T4T), and Train and Multiply (T&M).

All three of these methods have been tested and proven effective by church planters from across the globe. Every Monday we will introduce a new method, and finish up every Thursday by explaining the ins and outs of each individual method.

Beginning this Monday, we will focus on the first multiplication method, Village Church Planting. Along with this series, we sincerely hope to post additional blogs that will equip you with Stories from the Field that will describe how each of these methods is being used practically.

We are so excited to have you join us on this journey through our own church planting methodology, and we can't wait to hear any feedback or questions you may have. It is such a blessing to share the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfill the Great Commission alongside each of you using these three methods.

Blessings,

The ECC Team

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Stories From The Field

September 10 2015

For today's post we have various stories from mission fields around the world. These stories include church planters who have begun using the Train & Multiply curriculum, as well as courageous men and women sharing the Gospel in their own cultural context. We hope that these stories will inspire and encourage you to continue the great work of the Kingdom.

Job Vilma - Haiti

by Job Vilma

Job Vilma, 38, is the ECC Trainer in Haiti. He and his wife have a five year-old son. Job did not have an opportunity to begin his schooling until he was 13. Since that time, he has completed grade school and high school and earned a seminary degree.

The leader that Job has trained uses a bicycle for transportation. To reach his congregation, a one-way journey requires two and a half hours of riding, followed by three hours of walking, and he makes this trip seven times a month. One Sunday a month he goes to his local church to participate in taking the Lord’s Supper.

In 2013, a house group was started in Orange, and a month later this group birthed a worshiping group in Pillet. When this group was three months old, they started a group in Blankan. Now the following pattern has developed: The Pillet group meets together every Tuesday, and the Blankan group every Thursday. On Sunday, they come together and meet in Augarde, on the mountain. At their first combined service, 30 people were present.

Job makes a point to be with the believers at Augarde every second Sunday. Believers from the congregation he attended prior to becoming a trainer often accompany him on this trip up the mountain.

Raju – India

by Raju

My name is Raju. I am almost twelve years old and live in a village in India with my father, my mother, and my brothers and sisters. I am very blessed because I am able to go to school, but millions of children are forced to work and never learn to read or write. My father is like that. He cannot read, so I help him by reading the Bible to him so he can preach and start new churches. I also teach the other children in my village about Jesus. One day, my father took my mother and me to a big city where he was going to learn how to be a Bible storyteller. We joined him in the training room, although we sat to the side. I listened very carefully and studied the picture that the storyteller put on the wall for each story. After four days of training, the storyteller asked for people to stand by the pictures on the wall and tell all the stories in order, from Creation to the Resurrection. Several adults tried to do this, but they needed help from the others. Then I asked if I could try. The storyteller smiled and said, “Yes, Raju, you tell the stories.” Do you know what happened? I told all the stories, and the storyteller said that I was the best storyteller of all! Now I can be the storyteller for our village and help my father even more. I can tell him the stories over and over again so that he can go to other villages and tell people about Jesus. How do you tell people about Jesus?

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