We come back to a familiar subject in this blog; how do we make disciples who will multiply themselves? Last week we spent two days in prayer and discussion on how we can be more effective in multiplying “indigenous Timothys”. Just so we all understand what this word “indigenous” means as it relates to missions and ministry, it refers to persons who “live in their natural, ethnic region or culture.”
In seeking to help the Church spread the gospel to every unreached people group, it is critical that we identify “faithful indigenous Timothys” who will pass on biblical principles to other “Timothys” in their own culture. New Foundations International trains through a four-week, intense study of Scripture using God’s Plan for His Church as a guide in discovering these principles. Here are some criteria we discussed as being important to this process.
· We will be leaning on the recommendation of our indigenous contacts to send qualified “Timothys” to our training (Acts 16:2).
· They must be "faithful Timothy's" who can teach others what they learn (2 Tim. 2:2).
· Are well spoken of by their Christian community (Acts 16:2).
· Willing and able to commit to the four weeks away from family, work, etc. (Acts 16:3).
· Able and willing to disconnect from electronics and other distractions so they can concentrate on the Word (2 Corinthians 8:5).
· We warn those who attend our training that this is not a traditional method, but biblical. It is a combination of personal study of God’s Word, guidance from the trainer, discussion among the group, and making personal application of what is learned (2 Timothy 3:10).
· Taking the principles learned from Scripture and developing a strategy of ministry that will multiply disciples in their culture and beyond. They will equip their indigenous believers to reaching the unreached.
If this outline has sparked an interest with you, we would be glad to discuss more details with you. If you are interested in this approach, go to the “TRAINING RESOURCES” page to view or download training materials, and click on “MORE” to contact us. We would love to hear from you.
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