The second element of Paul’s strategy was establishing. Paul established indigenous churches that were self-sustaining and could stand on their own. Instead of looking for support, these churches learned to depend on God and to not only share generously among themselves but with other churches. Paul’s example to support himself by his own hands was one of the reasons these churches quickly learned to become self-sustaining. Paul was very careful to avoid any appearance of ﬁnancial proﬁting or having ﬁnancial motives from his ministry.
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