Presentation on theme: "The Great Challenge Facing the Global Church Thousands of sheep without a shepherd and multitudes of churches without an equipped pastoral leader!"— Presentation transcript:
The Great Challenge Facing the Global Church Thousands of sheep without a shepherd and multitudes of churches without an equipped pastoral leader!
The good news is... DAWN Movement reports 1million new churches started in 149 countries ( ). More than 180 million people saw the Jesus film in 1999 There are many more mass evangelism ministries
The results have been God-sized! “Look at the nations and watch, and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” –Habakkuk 1:5
Overall growth... Evangelical growth rate is about 5%. This is more than 3 times the world population growth rate (1.6%)! It is almost double the growth rate of Islam (2.7%).
And this rate is increasing! “We start 50,000 new ‘Lighthouses’ per day, each reaching 4 other people. We need thousands of pastoral leaders to shepherd these new believers.” –Every Home for Christ “We expect 3 million new church plants in the next 10 years. Pastoral leadership development needs to catch up.” –DAWN Ministries
Worldwide 95% of today’s pastoral leaders lack basic formation and tools to effectively equip their congregations
“In times of great change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” -Eric Hoffer
“VISION... BEGINS WITH A HOLY DISCONTENT WITH THINGS AS THEY ARE.” -- John W. R. Stott -- John W. R. Stott
One possible solution... Concentrate the training in: Bible schools Seminaries Other “in residence” education efforts These solutions are known primarily as the Formal education approach. But only 10% of the world’s pastoral leaders have been trained through this approach.
Models of Education Formal Education Informal Education Focus on knowing... Strengths: Comprehensive Structured Systematic Weaknesses: Limited access Expensive Learning usually takes place out of context “Theoretical” Focus on being... Strengths: Wide access Inexpensive “Practical” (highly relevant) Weaknesses: Gaps in learning Not structured Not comprehensive Not measureable- What has actually been learned?
Models of Education Formal Education Informal Education Non-formalEducation Effective models apply: Appreciative-inquiry and needs assessment Education as dialogue based on sound relationships Praxis = doing with theological reflection
Non-formal Pastoral training... …is a creative way of developing the world’s current pastoral leaders, in addition to the large number needed—as more and more people come to Christ and more churches are multiplied.
Non-formal Pastoral training is... essential for the global Church. These types of leaders represent 80-90% of the church’s need and will be produced by a spectrum of non-formal and institutional efforts. There is a profound connection between formal and non-formal training.” – Overseas Council for Theological Education
“Insanity is… …doing things the same way and expecting different results.” –Albert Einstein Can the Church of Jesus Christ continue to do things the same way?
African proverb... By partnering together we can see God accomplish the impossible. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
TOPIC seeks to answer 3 questions... After a church is planted, then what? How can the greatest number of pastoral leaders be equipped in the shortest amount of time? What does an equipped and maturing Filipino pastoral leader look like?
What does an equipped and maturing pastoral leader look like? HEART- vision, passion for God, compassion for people HEAD- knows the Word of God HANDS- leading, preaching, teaching, counseling, etc. LOINS- sexual purity, discipline, self-control FEET- evangelism, discipleship, missions, mentoring
What does an equipped and maturing pastoral leader look like? HEAD HEAD- increasing competency in handling the Bible. Knows, understands and relevantly applies God’s truth and has a biblical worldview. HEART HEART- increasing conformity to Jesus Christ in character and conduct. A Spirit-led servant who is also a maturing leader. HANDS HANDS- increasing competency in ministry skills. LOINS LOINS- a growing conformity to Christ in their inner world. FEET FEET- increasing ministry engagement in their outer world.
The Curren t Reality The Vision ThePhilosophyofMinistryThePrioritiesTheProgram Profile of the Effective Pastor STRATEGIES
How do we train and develop the greatest amount of leaders for the Church in the shortest amount of time? Level 2 Equipping the trainers of trainers Level 1 Equipping the trainers of pastoral trainers Level 3 Building the capacity of pastoral training agencies
“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 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.” (Paul) 2 Tim. 2:1-2 (NIV)
An international coalition of pastoral training organizations accelerating non-formal pastoral training where the Church is growing. Mission & Objective By: Equipping the trainers of pastoral leaders. Increasing the effectiveness of the trainers of pastoral trainers. Building the capacity of pastoral training agencies.
How far we’ve come… Philippines (March 99 & Oct. 00) Philippines (March 99 & Oct. 00) Iberoamerican Region (May 2000) Iberoamerican Region (May 2000) - Costa Rican Model - Costa Rican Model TOPIC Himalayan Region (Feb. 2001) TOPIC Himalayan Region (Feb. 2001) - Devendra Rai (Regional Coordinator) - Devendra Rai (Regional Coordinator) - Eastern Nepal Reg. Training Conf. (Nov 01) - Eastern Nepal Reg. Training Conf. (Nov 01) Southern Africa (May 01) Southern Africa (May 01) - TOPIC Task Force - TOPIC Task Force Brazil (Aug. 01) Brazil (Aug. 01) - AICP Executive Team - AICP Executive Team
How far we’ve come… Andean Region TOPIC Consultation (Nov. 01) Andean Region TOPIC Consultation (Nov. 01) - Peru & Colombia in Peru & Colombia in 2002 India TOPIC Consultation (May 02) India TOPIC Consultation (May 02) - Master Trainers Workshop (May 02) - Master Trainers Workshop (May 02) East Africa TOPIC Consultation (June 02) East Africa TOPIC Consultation (June 02) Luso Africa TOPIC Consultation (June 02) Luso Africa TOPIC Consultation (June 02) Franco Africa TOPIC Consultation (July 02) Franco Africa TOPIC Consultation (July 02) Brazil 2 nd AICP Consultation (Aug. 02) Brazil 2 nd AICP Consultation (Aug. 02)
How far we’ve come… The Brazilian Model (AICP): (Centers around five strategic initiatives (Centers around five strategic initiatives 1. Research (linked with Brasil 2010) 1. Research (linked with Brasil 2010) 2. Communications (website based) 2. Communications (website based) 3. Networking (all eight regions of Brazil) 3. Networking (all eight regions of Brazil) 4. Consultations & Training Workshops 4. Consultations & Training Workshops - S. Paulo mini-consulta (Oct. 01) - S. Paulo mini-consulta (Oct. 01) - Rio de Janeiro mini-consulta (Nov. 01) - Rio de Janeiro mini-consulta (Nov. 01) 5. Curriculum Development 5. Curriculum Development
Every Church with at least one equipped and maturing Pastoral Leader. Vision of TOPIC