CPM and Master Plans

August 15 2013

CPM and Master Plans

We are nearing the end of the CPM workshop.  

Jason (pictured  on the left ), considering the context of his ministry, walking through his master plan. George (on the right) is thinking about how the T&M (Train and Multiply) material will fit into the context of his ministry.

Still others in the group are considering T4T (Training for Trainers) and the development of their master plans. Please pray for the completion of master plans and their successful implementation.

 

 

Tags: T4T, train and multiplyChurch Planting Movement

CPM - Second Week

August 13 2013

CPM - Second Week

We are in the second week of the CPM Workshop at OMS Headquarters. Participants serving in many different cultures are challenged to pick a process and create a plan to implement upon their return to their field of ministry. Some have decided upon Train and Multiply (T&M) and others Training for Trainers (T4T). 

 

Pictured above is the 2013 Church Planting Movements Group; delegates, facilitators and prayer warriors. The Lord always brings the right people at the right time for training to move His kingdom forward. Please keep this group in your prayers as they work on their ministry plans this week and begin implementing them in the days, weeks and years to come.

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church multiplication, Church Planting Movementtraining

What Is Your Process?

August 9 2013

What Is Your Process?

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Tim 2:2

ECC trains, facilitates and coaches on 3 church planting processes: Training for Trainers (T4T), Train and Multiply (T&M), and Village Church Planting (VCP). This week we will focus on 2 of those; T4T & T&M.

Bill Smith will train on T4T, a CM process that has seen tens of thousands of churches started and hundreds of thousands of people, who never know Jesus come to know Him, love Him and obey Him.

 Jim Hogrefe, David Guillen and Dean Davis will be leading us through the T&M CM process which likewise has been used of God on 5 continents to start tens of thousands of worshiping groups.

Why T4T?  -  It weaves all of the aspects of church planting into one connected process that is obedience based and easy to pass on to others.  In the T4T process, evangelism, follow up, discipleship, forming groups into churches, and training of trainers who will serve as biblical leaders for the new churches are integrated.  The stress is placed on the training of trainers because the trainers pass along everything they know, while in some cases leaders seek to use what they know to reinforce the need for others to follow.

Why T&M?  -  Train and Multiply is a disciple making, leadership training, multiplication process that helps ordinary Christians win people to Christ, make disciples, and start new groups of Christ followers which can grow, be healthy and multiply. It is made up of 63 training booklets using a menu approach to help meet the needs of the church. Training pastoral workers and teaching them to obey the commands of Jesus is the key; God is at the heart and multiplication is the result.

We will challenge participants to select a process, put it in to their context and develop a master plan for implementation once they arrive or return to their area of ministry. Please pray for these groups of people to hear from the Lord about which process to use.

Tags: church multiplication, Church Planting Movement, T4Ttrain and multiply

I See DOTS!

August 7 2013

I See DOTS!

I see DOTS! (12 Principles of Church Multiplication)                                   

1. Which of the principles listed below has helped you the most in your ministry so far?

2. Which one of the following principles do you most want to investigate in order to apply it in your context?  

–Fervent Prayer

–Abundant gospel sowing

–Intentional church planting

–Scriptural authority

–Local leadership

–Lay leadership 

–Cell or house churches

–Churches planting churches

–Rapid reproduction 

–Healthy churches

–Rapid incorporation of new believers into the life and ministry of the church

–On-the-job training for church leadership

We see these principles applied in the book of Acts. As we consider the people in our zone of influence, we think about what they will need (the things that only God can provide) in their lives. We pray for God's greatness and love in the lives of these people (Chr. 16). We pray for His ability and willingness to draw lost people to Himself and save them (Mk 9).

And we pray for multitudes to hear the Word of the Lord and for many thousands to come to faith in Jesus and follow him as disciples (Acts 16).

For more information on the 12 principles, click here..

Tags: 12 Principles, church multiplication, Church Planting Movementprayer

CPM

August 5 2013

CPM

CPM - Church Planting Movement

"Some of you are going to change big parts of the world in big ways. Some of you are going to change the lives of families and towns in big ways.  All of you, if you will trust and obey the Lord, will be used of God to bring glory to his name, to bring salvation to his people and to manifest His kingdom on earth."

“A Church-Planting Movement is a rapid and exponential increase of indigenous churches planting churches within a given people group or population segment.” (David Garrison)

There are three key components to this definition. The first is rapid. As a movement, a CPM occurs with rapid increases in new church starts. Saturation church planting over decades and even centuries is good, but does not qualify as a Church Planting Movement.

Secondly, there is an exponential increase. This means that the increase in churches is not simply incremental growth—adding a few churches every year or so. Instead, it compounds exponentially—two churches become four, four churches become 16 and so forth. Exponential multiplication is only possible when new churches are being started by the churches themselves–rather than by professional church planters or missionaries.

Finally, they are indigenous. This means they are generated from within rather than from without. This is not to say that the gospel is able to spring up intuitively within a people group. The gospel always enters a people group from the outside; this is the task of the missionary or church planter. However, in a Church Planting Movement the momentum quickly becomes indigenous so that the initiative and drive of the movement comes from within the people group rather than from outsiders.

For clarification, we should also consider what a CPM is not. A CPM is not simply an increase in the number of churches, though this is a commendable occurrence. The key distinction is when the vision of churches planting churches spreads from the missionary and from the professional church planter to the churches themselves so that they have it in their very nature that they should be winning the lost and reproducing themselves.

Churches planting churches, one group giving birth to another group. This is the DNA that will drive a CPM. We come together from across the country and around the globe to learn more about CPM's. We will look into the process of Train & Multiply (T&M) and Training for Trainers (T4T). As we consider our context, we expect God to reveal His plans for us to implement. Praise the Lord for our time together. We look forward to see how God will work during these two weeks.

 

Tags: Church Planting Movement, T4Ttrain and multiply

Multiply the Well

July 30 2013

Multiply the Well

Kenel Clovis Claudion, a professor in elementary school, was recommended by Pastor Exalus of Port Margo mother church to be a church planter. He planted a station at Bois Gauche in the area of Port Margo.  They meet in the courtyard of the parents of Luxima Cassandra.

Trainer Janiel has trained Kenel for three years. An Uncle of Kenel died through magic of Voodoo.  The same people who killed his uncle wanted to kill him also.

After Kenel’s uncle died on Wednesday night 17 August 2011, he was sleeping. He woke up suddenly as if a dog had barked.  He said “Lord, take control of me”.  

Some minutes later he felt his body had been hit hard on his left leg.  He cried “Hallelujah, Hallelujah!  When he got up in the morning his left leg was swollen and very painful. These same events happened also the nights of August 19 and 26.  He thought he was going to die.  He talked with his Trainer Janiel so he could pray with him.  They PRAYED! After this the attacks ceased.

At this time they were studying the building of the wall by Nehemiah from the Train and Multiply booklet # 20. Kenel came to realize that even though the enemy was persecuting him he needed to stand fast in his faith.   God was working for him.

He said “Through ECC I find support in my walk with Christ and through Train and Multiply, I have a greater desire to announce the Good News and put God’s word into practice.” Kenel said, “I am praying to God that this program will touch the world”. Please pray with us that this ministry will be very fruitful in my area of Bois Gauche.”  

The situation now:

He has married and continues in the ministry.  There are now 38 people attending the Bois Gauche Station meetings.  Kenel has trained a young woman, Luxima Cassandra who has planted a station at Bertin with a mother and four children who to this time have not yet accepted Christ.  She is also training Doudalande.

God continues to multiply disciples through the lives of His faithful servants. 

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church multiplication, church planting, missions in Haiti, train and multiplyvictory over darkness

Haiti - Spring Up O Well

July 22 2013

Haiti - Spring Up O Well

Trainer Janiel traveled to Bois Neuf in 2012 to do evangelism. While there, he was led by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel with a woman named Rosemyka, but she did not want to listen. Janiel started a station at Bois Neuf, but again, Rosemyke refused to join. 

Janiel realized that the people of Bois Neuf did not have a good source of water. They had been getting water from an open stream. The Lord cleared the way to make it possible to drill a well at Bois Neuf. Janiel continued to meet with the station. One day, as Janiel was studying the Train & Multiply booklets, he saw Rosemyka and approached. He gave her the booklet on training a pastoral leader. 

Later, Janiel invited her to discuss the booklet with him. They worked through the booklet together, and Rosemyka responded to the questions. They met several times, and Janiel asked Rosemyka if she wanted to accept Christ. Rosemyka said she already had. 

They continued to study Train & Multiply booklets, moving on to “When We Baptize Believers.” Rosemyka said she wanted to be baptized, but after being baptized, she was persecuted through dreams. She spoke to Janiel, and they started studying the “Let’s Pray” booklet. Rosemyka has been sleeping much better since then. 

Rosemyka’s mother was not a Christian, but accepted Christ because of what she observed in her daughter. Rosemyka is now training her entire family and sharing with students at school. She tells all who have recently accepted Christ to read the Bible, pray and study with a small group. She testifies, “God has all power and can deliver. Pray that I will remain faithful to the Lord and to the Word.”

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: missions in Haiti, train and multiply, victory over darkness, water, familystudents

Transylvania

July 15 2013

Transylvania

In March we reported on the new partnership formed between OMS and Friendship Pentecostal Church with the objective of planting churches in Arad County in Romania. To gain first-hand insight into developments, in late June Myles MacBean returned to Carand in western Transylvania to meet with Daniel and Danny Ispas, the father/son pastor team driving the work in the region. 

Myles writes, “We had kept in touch via regular emails and Skype calls over the months but nothing beats being together face-to-face if you are to get a true feel for the spiritual health of a community. I must say that this trip was one of contrasts, the first contrast being the weather. The last time we were together in Romania snow was thick on the ground. This time temperatures touched 37 Celsius, and keeping cool was a priority. The second contrast was in material wealth. 

As we spent more time with the people of Carand, we found many struggling all day to find the basic necessities of life. In contrast, just over the hill, we found wealthy Romanians enjoying their leisure in an alpine beauty spot. The third, and greatest, contrast was the universal one of where people placed their faith. 

While material despair is driving so many of their neighbours to the false hope of alcohol and drugs, I witnessed a wonderful Godly joy in the lives of the faithful believers. Time after time as we visited the houses, I was humbled by the Christ-like way people give so much in hospitality and love to all who cross their threshold.

“It was also great to see the progress Daniel and Danny have made in implementing the T4T model of the ECC ministry of OMS. The weekend before I visited, Daniel had the privilege of baptising seven new Christians – male and female, young and old, Romanian and Gypsy. The excitement in Daniel and Danny was palpable as they reported that this meant they had been able to establish their first fresh new T4T team in Carand and had every hope of a similar group starting imminently in the Gypsy church in the next village.

“Once again I came back from my trip having learned so much from the sheer spiritual grace of my Romanian brothers and sisters, and from the hunger of Daniel and Danny to see the kingdom grow in Romania. God has certainly lit a spark of light in one small corner of Transylvania. With Daniel and Danny’s infectious confidence in the Lord and love for the lost, who can help but pray that God will fan that little flame into a spiritual storm.”

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church planting, evangelism, servant, T4Tmissions in Romania

Last Days in Sunderban

July 11 2013

Last Days in Sunderban

Saturday...

We took a boat to another island today. We met with 25 believers in a village house owned by a businessman named Haren, who owns 4 gold shops. He serves as the pastoral worker for the small congregation. Later, we had spicy jumbo prawns for lunch, loudspeakers echoing into our small room. We tried closing the window shutters, but it was very challenging! It was cooking hot and my shirt was totally drenched with sweat. We ended our day with a 1½ hour needless drive through many remote villages on almost impassible narrow bumpy roads to see a crocodile farm, but never got there! We turned around before darkness got us stuck there.

Tomorrow I preach at a Sunday service and then return to Calcutta to catch a plane to Patna early Monday am. Thanks for praying. My stomach is settled now.umm good! Next, we taught 12 students in another location, all from a Hindu background. They will each be taking the Gospel to a different village without any church. The training took place while a political rally outside blared their speeches through loudspeakers echoing into our small room. We tried closing the window shutters, but it was very challenging! It was cooking hot and my shirt was totally drenched with sweat. We ended our day with a 1½ hour needless drive through many remote villages on almost impassible narrow bumpy roads to see a crocodile farm, but never got there! We turned around before darkness got us stuck there. Tomorrow I preach at a Sunday service and then return to Calcutta to catch a plane to Patna early Monday am. Thanks for praying. My stomach is settled now.

Roger

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: training, pastoral workermissions in India

Seeds on an Island

July 10 2013

Seeds on an Island

Friday...

We crossed over to another island this morning on the ferry boat. Almost 300 people were jammed on the boat with many standing. I didn’t get a seat, but sat on a box of Bibles we were bringing to pass out to the church planters. After docking, we rented another taxi and off we went to a small house church. Most vehicles live by the horn here. The air is filled with a cacophony of sound as different vehicles warn each other as well as pedestrians that they should get out of the way! Ponds dug out in front of most houses here in the Sunderban Islands are prevalent. On average they are 60 x 40 feet in size and 10 feet deep. As the dry season soon ends and the rains get ready to fall, many ponds have a low water level. The water gets used for raising fish, watering gardens, washing clothes, and maybe swimming for teens. Honestly, the ponds look very stagnant and uninviting. This part of India is quite tropical, with banana trees, coconut palms, and bamboo everywhere. As you go through a village the main road usually passes the market place where vendors of all sorts present and peddle their colorful fruits and vegetables. The mangoes are plentiful right now and so very sweet! The ladies seem to prefer bright red and orange colors for their saris. This helps eclipse the drabness of the faded buildings, the dirt & dust, and rubbish strewn about everywhere. Mangy dogs lie sleeping on the crowded roadside and a cow stands with his head inside a shop that sells sweets. By contrast, our roads and highways seem almost plain and boring!

In one village we met a couple of brothers who wanted to donate a piece of land next to their home to build a church. Before we went into the house they cut a hole in some coconuts so we could enjoy a drink. Next to the house was a bamboo structure with 75 baby chicks they raise for food and to sell. The family came to faith when our ECC church planter shared the Gospel, explaining the death of Jesus on the Cross to forgive our sins. The message rang true in their hearts and they put their faith in the Savior. Their lives now exude enthusiasm and determination to serve the Lord. We met with a group of 20 or so new Christians that meet weekly in their house for worship. Young and old sat on the dirt floor covered with straw mats. I really enjoyed sharing the story of Jesus when he calmed the violent storm on the Galilean Sea, after his disciples woke him up in the boat. He asked them why they were so afraid, when they should have had faith.

Often Satan tries to take our eyes off Jesus by enflaming our fears. Later in the afternoon one brother and his wife joined the training session we gave at another location. We were welcomed with flower garlands around our necks and young girls doing graceful dances portraying God’s love in Christ. Greg and I have been using the life of Nehemiah to teach them principles about wise and godly leadership. Today we trained 27 men and women. So far 16 house churches have been established on this island. I challenged them to each find a person of peace (see Luke 10) in a new village by June 30 and multiply 100 churches in the next 2 years. Greg has also been presenting Bibles given through ECC with money his church provided. It is heart-warming to see how they treasure their first Bible with both the Old and New Testaments.

For lunch we ate at a rundown looking restaurant near the beach where hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims come at a certain festival time each year to bathe in the head waters of the Ganges River. The owner, Ratan Panda and his wife seemed so pleased to have 2 Americans eating the preparations of their humble kitchen. He kept bringing out different dishes of food and then standing nearby to see how we liked it. His smile was contagious and showed his reddish teeth, stained from chewing beetle nut. 

I thanked him and took a photo of him and his wife. Then I mentioned that I wanted to tell him about someone who loves him very much. I went on to share in very simple fashion, the love of Jesus who died on a cross and rose from the dead to forgive their sins. He didn’t comment, but listened and then went back to work. I am praying for the seed planted to take root in his heart.

Tags: chaos, evangelism, missions in Indiaperson of peace