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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    With your help we are able to train leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples.

The message of Christ has made its way across the world, touching the hearts of people from all nations for generations. But, many unreached people groups still need to hear the good news of salvation today. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of spreading the gospel via preaching, to all corners of the world.

Focus Should Be on God’s Majesty and Greatness

Preaching is not a mere display of the preacher’s knowledge or skills. It is an opportunity to teach the greatness of the God of the Bible to the congregation. Preaching should be an inspiring experience. It should leaves listeners with a deeper understanding of God’s holy, majestic, and loving character as revealed in Scripture.

A preacher’s role in the pulpit is an important one. Scripture speaks about this in Psalms 119:160, Matthew 4:4, Romans 15:4, and 2 Timothy 3:16-17).The preacher’s primary goal should be to bring glory to God by platforming His greatness through the sermon. Lets explore the importance of keeping God at the center of preaching.

Must Be Biblically-Sound and Theologically Grounded 

Preaching should be rooted in a biblically-centred approach. This requires a commitment to biblical theology, historical theology, and practical theology to be an effective and faithful preacher.

Theological study benefits the preacher and the congregation by making sure the message they hear is biblically-sound and theologically helpful.

The Role of Prayer and Dependence on the Holy Spirit in Preaching

A good preacher recognizes his complete dependence on Christ and his need for Gods power. He prays as he studies throughout the week. He is utterly reliant on the Lord for wisdom, grace, and strength to deliver God’s Word effectively. 

However, his dependence on God does not end with prayer. He must be willing to go in directions that he had not planned to, as the Spirit leads. In doing so, he can help real people with real hurts and questions, not simply reciting a memorized speech.

Discipline and Diligence in Preaching the Gospel

Being Spirit-led is crucial in preaching but it is not an excuse for poor preparation. In particular, he must pay attention to 2 Timothy 2:15 and diligently work to accurately handle the truths of the Bible. This requires discipline, hard work, and toiling in study. 

We Must Proclaim God’s Word with Boldness and Confidence 

The preacher needs to stand up to share his opinions or suggestions. He is not a motivational speaker or a self-help guru holding a Bible. Instead, like the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament, the preacher must be willing to proclaim, with boldness, “Thus saith the Lord.” He does so because he knows that the power rests with God and His Word, not with the preacher himself. 

The preacher must be confident in his authority as a sent messenger and ambassador of God.

The Call to Action in Preaching the Gospel

Preaching is not merely lecturing, as it goes beyond teaching by calling on the listener to take action in response to the content of the sermon. While the preacher may suggest specific application points for the church, it is ultimately the Spirit of God who convicts hearts and moves individuals to act in response to the preaching.

For believers, a faithfully-prepared sermon will be driven by the Spirit into the heart of God’s people, convicting them of sin and spurring them towards greater holiness and Christlikeness. For unbelievers, such a sermon will convict them of sin, righteousness, and judgment, potentially leading to salvation for those who are among God’s elect or condemnation for those who remain under God’s wrath.

Closing Remarks

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near to reach least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world has yet to hear the Good News of Jesus. Yet, Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Every church in the world needs leaders who follow the way of Jesus. People with a vision for His mission, for church growth and to multiply discipleship-focused leaders.

As we work with churches to multiply disciples we also work to see leaders multiplied for these churches.

As Global Disciples, we see leadership development as absolutely essential to ensure that these new churches grow into healthy fellowships.

Thomas’s Leadership Development

Thomas directs a leadership development program in Zimbabwe, through his local church. They meet for about an hour and a half on Sunday afternoons. Some of the group comes from the other side of town. It’s a high-density area about 10 kilometers away.

Last year, as they met together and studied what it means to be a leader in the model of Jesus. Thomas said, “God did something in the hearts of these leaders. They began to feel God’s call to be leaders that ‘make things happen.’”

And part of making things happen was to plant a new church, in that heavily populated area of the city.

This new church is now led by three men from the leadership training, with an attendance of more than 30 people. With their location, and the vision to “make things happen” for the Kingdom, these leaders are anticipating much greater growth in the future.

Thomas said, “One of my hopes and prayers for our program is that we see leaders emerging who can take responsibility for our churches.”

The Importance of Planting Churches

And he talked about Matthew, another participant in the training. “He has been absolutely faithful in attending,” Thomas said, “and also teaches some of the lessons. This program has prepared Matthew for leadership. Through the progress and transformation that’s evident in his life, it seemed good to us and to the Holy Spirit to appoint him as a pastor in the church I’ve been pastoring, which strengthened our church.”

Planting churches, strengthening the Body of Christ, and shepherding good growth. This is what we see God doing through the many leaders as we seek to train and multiply them around the world. And for that we are grateful.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

When God gives a person a vision for the Kingdom, He may give him unexpected opportunities to influence others.

Andres leads a discipleship-mission training program in the Philippines.

He’s a long-time partner with Global Disciples and he’s seen God work through the disciple-making church planters he’s trained. He’s an enthusiastic mentor for those starting new discipleship-mission trainings. And recently Andres shared his experience and vision with a group of other church planters.

Andres: A Person Of Kingdom Influence

“We have 20 churches in our conference,” Andres shared, “but we have a dream that we will have 100 churches. Last year, we started 26 new fellowships!” While many of these fellowships are still small, that’s significant growth for just 20 churches—more than doubling in a year.

Andres said, “We have learned that if we seek to make disciples first, we will have a church. But if we try to start a church, we will not find disciples.”

They sent one of their disciple-making teams to neighboring Indonesia, to share the Gospel mostly with Muslims.

While they were there, they started some new fellowships.

Political Influence and Kingdom Impact

Andres has significant influence in another area—with local political leaders. “Our place is known for violence during elections,” he said, “and the Lord put it on our hearts to do something. So we called the candidates for mayor, and asked them to sign a covenant that they will not use violence during the campaign but campaign in an honorable way. And if they win, they will allow us to do a Bible study in their office.”

It worked—since all candidates signed on, the elections were held peacefully.

And then, Andres has led Bible studies with employees and leaders in local government, often using Global Disciples materials on leadership development. He said, “They’re not church goers but I have seen God’s hand on them. They embrace and respond to the Gospel message. We also have access to school teachers in our community and we teach them biblical principles.”

Like many others, Andres has the vision to take the Gospel to those still waiting to hear it, no matter where they are in position, influence, or geography.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

When God calls us to serve Him, He also deals with our fears and worries.

Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20

Consequently, as disciples of Jesus multiply, and new churches are planted among least-reached peoples, a new need develops.

How do you support the pastor of a newly-planted church?

A Way Forward For Church Plants

Newly planted churches are often small fellowships with few assets. And churches who sent the church planter may be limited in their ability to supply their needs.

That’s one of the places where Global Disciples comes in.

We see developing a small business as a way to resolve the issue. It offers a way forward from a problem that often hinders a disciple-maker from fulfilling the mission of sharing the Gospel.

Take Prem, for example. He’s a Nepali church planter with a desire to serve the Lord well. He recently came to a small business training we held. And he discovered something that has renewed his heart and his mind for mission.

Prems example

Prem said, “I came to faith 7 years ago. My wife and I went to India for seminary. I knew God was calling me for ministry but I didn’t know where or how to start after seminary. I had my family and I had fear of doing ministry and providing for my family. And, I thought, “what would my family and my church think If I’m not earning money?”

“I thank God for the small business development teaching,” Prem continued. “Now I know where and how to start my ministry! I can start a business, and through that I can be a good witness in the community. I will do business and serve God. So my fear is gone!”

Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].
Isaiah 41:10

Do Not Fear!

We often see Global Disciples’ small business development training help bring confidence to church planters.

A small business can be an economic boost. But it also provides a way to effectively interact and witness in a community.

And it gives the church planter—and his family—an identity. And, importantly some peace of mind as they share the Gospel of Jesus with those who have yet to hear it.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

The Call is to live as a passionate disciple of Jesus. Jesus wants to use each one of His followers to go and make disciples of every nation.

Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20

It is no coincidence that you are reading this and that God called you to live a life of significance.

God made you with a purpose. If you let him He will transform you and use you to share His love with others.

Your Own Call To Live As A Disciple

You are here to make disciples who will go and make disciples until everyone has heard the Good News.

The transforming love of Jesus is good news for our broken world.

This Good News is for everyone, and yet over two billion people have still never heard it. Others have never understood, still held captive by various forms of evil in a broken world. What is God doing about it?  How will He turn an upside-down-world right-side-up? Only the transforming love of Jesus can heal our broken world and set the captives free.

God is longing for a restored relationship with every person. 

 He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will. – Ephesians 1:4-5

Created In His Image

He has created each one in His image and likeness. And has sent His own son, Jesus, to redeem and restore all creation. The death and resurrection of Jesus marks the tipping point in human history. Evil has been defeated, love will win, and a new world is on its way.  It is imperative that people from every tribe and every nation have an opportunity to hear this Good News.

But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. 
– 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

But how will this happen? 

Go And Make Disciples

It is only possible through His disciples who take their responsibility seriously to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).

Fulfilling the Great Commission, means the healing of our broken world will take place from the inside out. As the love of Jesus brings reconciliation to individuals, then families, communities, and the world.

Jesus spent three years with a core group of a dozen people. He taught them to love, live and serve like Him. God’s strategy is to redeem the broken world through His disciple. These disciples make more disciples and forming new fellowships of believers until the whole world knows.

The Call To Live As A Disciple And Global Disciples Mission

That is the call on the life of every Christian, and this is the training we provide at Global Disciples. The commitment of every believer is to go and make disciples and plant churches. This should be among every ethnic group so that all nations have the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

An incredible privilege to be involved in ensuring that everyone has the possibility to experience grace, freedom, and transformation. We are all called to do our part so that Christ’s redeeming love will touch the lives of our neighbors and bring healing in this world.

This is not the work of one church, denomination, or nation. 

It is an assignment for every disciple from every nation to work together in unity so the entire world will know Jesus. At Global Disciples, we call every follower of Christ from every nation and denomination to live as global disciples of Jesus by making the following commitment:

Being united by the Spirit of the Lord, I want to live as a global disciple of Jesus.  My allegiance is to Jesus Christ; He is the Living Word of God, as revealed by the Holy Spirit and through the Bible. I want to fellowship with His disciples all over the world and work to tell every nation about Him.

We are not disciples of Global Disciples, we are disciples of Christ. And as such, we should be able to answer “yes” to two simple questions.

One, are we part of active fellowships of believers who are discipling us to love like Jesus? And two, are we making disciples by investing in the lives of others? This is our commission as followers of Jesus.

The Kingdom of God is growing as never before, and the love of Jesus is changing everything.

Global Disciples Mission

Global Disciples’ simple multiplication strategy of teaching disciples how to make disciples and plant reproducible fellowships of believers is being used around the world and is changing everything.

Churches are being planted all over Africa, Asia, and Latin America; they are active and flourishing even in closed Muslim countries; leaders are teaching church planters how to start small businesses so as to have the resources they need to plant new churches and minister in their communities. In our generation, we hope to see the church planting movement taking place in every country around the world.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

God has a beautiful strategy for reaching the world through multiplying churches.

The ultimate goal of all disciple-making and leadership development to planting churches that multiply.

We can better understand the biblical mandate of planting fellowships of disciples that multiply themselves by exploring the following;

When we study the New Testament churches, we learn some key principles. We should use to plant reproducing fellowships anywhere.

Let’s look at seven steps that any fellowship of disciples can implement anywhere in the world.

1. Pray 

Prayer is of vital importance and is the first priority in multiplying churches. When we pray, God will open closed doors. Prayer first of all moves our hearts and puts our desires in line with God’s desires. When God opens our eyes to see the lost state of our communities, we will be moved with compassion to open our homes so as to start new fellowships. If we are willing, God is able to fill us with His Spirit for His glory.

Prayer also is instrumental in raising up the workers that are needed. (John 17:20; John 20:21; Acts 1:14; Acts 4:31; Acts 11:5; Acts 14:23; Colossians 4:3-4).

Jesus Himself commands us to “ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38).

The leading of the Holy Spirit in choosing and equipping church planters is very important (Acts 13:2).

Prayer provides direction so God can show us where He is at work. And where He wants us to be involved.

In his strategy, Paul had a plan to reach the Jews and the Gentiles. But his plans were sometimes changed by the Spirit of God. He was very sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and was willing to change his own plans to follow the plans of God (Acts 11:27-30; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 16:6-10; Acts 8:9-10).

Paul was very open to the Spirit—that is why he said, “But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, God willing I will come to you” (1 Corinthians 4:19). We also need to pray so that we know God’s plan.   

2. Survey

After prayer has confirmed the place where God wants you to be involved. Why not do a survey and study the target people and the area.

It is very important to know the culture (language, customs, religion, social structure) of the people.

Prayer walks, literature distribution, film shows, small business development, and music may help in establishing contacts and finding the “man of peace”—the families or the communities in the area who are receptive to you and the Spirit (Mark 6:10-11). This will help in strategic discernment and effective approaches to the community by identifying the spiritual battleground and the responsiveness of the people groups.

Lessons From The Old Testament

In the Old Testament, Moses sent 12 leaders to do a survey of the land that God had promised to give them (Numbers 13:17-20).

After Moses passed away, Joshua also did a similar thing by sending leaders to do a survey of Jericho.

Jesus likewise sent His disciples ahead of Him to prepare the way (Luke 10:1).

As you survey a region, prayerfully respond to the following questions:

What locations are most strategic?

Paul’s whole strategy was to plant churches in major towns. Paul went into big cities of a region (Acts 16:9-12; Acts 18:1, Acts 18:18-22; Acts 19:1-10) and planted churches in those strategic cities.

Paul recognized that the way to most permanently influence a country was by planting vibrant churches in strategic cities. Once he had accom­plished this, he moved on, knowing that the rest would follow. That is why he said that he had “fully preached” the Gospel in a re­gion and that he had “no more place . . . to work in these regions” (Romans 15:19, Romans 15:23).

This, however, does not imply that it is wrong to plant a church in a smaller town or village if that is clearly God’s direction. It is critical to seek God’s direction.

What is the best approach for this people group?

Consider whether it is possible to send someone as a church planter or if another method is needed. Perhaps a small business is a good way to gain an entrance into this location. This is the reason that Global Disciples includes Small Business Development (SBD) training as part of our Multiplying Churches Strategy.

You may also recognize specific physical needs of a community which can be an open door to bringing the Gospel.

Who are the key influencers?

Try to discover who holds influence in the location you are trying to reach. These influencers may or may not hold positions of authority and may or may not be open to the Gospel (Acts 8:26-38; Acts 10; Acts 16). But if the key influencers can be reached first with the Gospel, a church can be established much more quickly.

Jesus talks about “the man of peace” (Luke 10:6) and encourages His disciples to work closely with this person. Prayerfully ask God to reveal these key people to you and your team.

What are the key areas of opposition?

Identify both the spiritual and cultural areas which will oppose the Gospel (Acts 17:5; Acts 19:24-34). Once identified, gather intercessors and start praying.

Build a team (Luke 8:1-3)

Planting and multiplying churches is the work that requires a team; it is not an individual effort. 

One person will not have all the gifting and skills to do all the different ministries that are needed to plant churches. Jesus, the Master church planter, sent His disciples out two by two (Luke 10:1).

Paul also took someone with him in his church planting ventures and, at various times, included many on his team over his years of ministry—Barnabas, John Mark, Titus, Silas, Timothy, Priscilla, Aquila (Acts 15:40; Acts 16:1; Acts 18:18; Romans 12:6-9; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 16:15- 16). In the same way, if we want to reach the least-reached peoples, we need to form a strategic church planting team.

The team will certainly include those whom God has specifically called to take the Gospel to new areas. While it is the responsibility of every believer to witness in their community, there are those who have the ability and call to go out to new areas. 

For example, Paul and Barnabas were set apart by the Holy Spirit from the church at Antioch (Acts 13:1-3); the church leaders prayed for them and commissioned them to go and multiply churches where there was no witness for Christ.

The team will not only include those who go but also persons committed to pray and support the church planting effort.

Establish a presence

To multiply churches, we should identify ourselves with the communities we want to reach by establishing a presence among them.

Jesus came and lived among those He was trying to reach. Paul also identified himself quickly with those he tried to reach; he became a servant to all to save them by sacrificing his comfort (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). In Athens, he talked about the “unknown God” (Acts 17:22-24)—he contextualized the Gospel according to the place and culture.

When we live and identify with the people we plan to reach, joining with them in their joys and sorrows, it builds trust. It also calls for sacrifice, and we must often lay down our own preferences to reach others with the Gospel—especially if we are across cultures. If we go to reach a vegetarian community, be a vegetarian to identify with them!

Again, in many locations, business is a great way to establish a presence in a community. A business opens doors and builds relationships with many people in a community (Acts 18:1-4). If you are sending out a church planter, consider funding the startup cost of a small business instead of long-term monthly support.

As you establish a presence in a community, continue to look for the “person of peace” whom God has prepared for the message. In most communities, the family head will be a key influencer. It is worth the special effort of a church planter to focus on these persons. 

Lead People to Jesus (Romans 10:13-15)

Prayerfully look for people who will willingly give their lives to follow Christ. Be alert to the many ways in which God may call people to Himself. This may happen simply as you live among them and represent Jesus to them. If you’re using a business, they may see a difference in the way that you treat them or your willingness to pray for them in the name of Jesus.

In some contexts, you may use literature, door-to-door evangelism methods, film showings. You may find that people are open to study the Bible with you.

Some have found it helpful to begin studying Scripture from the account of Creation and slowly work through the Old Testament before coming to the New Testament stories of Jesus. This may take much time, but it can be a very effective way of teaching people the heart of God.

Evangelism And Technology

Consider appropriate use of technology as well—cell phones, Facebook, Instagram, and satellite television are all ways that God can use to speak to people. Again, the context of the culture will help to shape the method you use.

The New Testament evangelism method was focused on reaching the entire family by reaching the family heads. Targeting family leaders who would bring their whole households to Christ is the most strategic and fruitful way to plant churches in least-reached areas. There are many biblical examples of this—Peter, who preached to the household of Cornelius (Acts 10); Paul, who preached to Lydia with all members of her household (Acts 16:14-15) as well as to the Philippian jailer (Acts 16:31-33); the households of Stephen, Philemon, and others as well that were won over (1 Corinthians 1:16; Philemon 2; 2 Timothy 1:16).  As they won the head of the house, they brought their whole family, and churches were established.

6. Disciple People

Wherever Paul went and met people who were hungry for salvation, he preached the Gospel and baptized those who gave their lives to follow Christ.

Jesus commanded us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19).

As soon as people give their lives to the Lordship of Jesus, teach them to renounce any old ways of living—idol worship, evil spirits, practices of magic and witchcraft, immoral practices—and pray for their deliverance. This is the right time to instruct them to live lives of discipleship.

There is no need to hurry to baptize them before they make the right decision (Acts 2:38-40). In some contexts, it may be wise to wait until several people or a group of people are ready for baptism together.  

After baptism, instruct them to devote themselves to the studying and teaching of the Word of God, to prayer, to fellowship, to breaking bread together, and to serving their world.

7. Raise, Train, and Appoint Leaders

Jesus, the master builder of His Church, called, trained, and sent people very specifically to build His own Church (Mark 3:13-15).

The apostles did what they saw Jesus doing. Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we need to give priority to training and appointing leaders who will take care of the established fellowships and continue to reproduce churches. Selection and training of the leaders can be done according to the personal gifting and calling of individuals.

Paul chose leaders to be in charge of the fellowships which he planted (1 Corinthians 1:14-16; Acts 18:8). Paul also visited the churches he planted to encourage, strengthen, and correct them (Acts 15:36; Acts 14:21-23; Acts 16:1-5; Acts 18:23; Acts 20:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16:5-7; 2 Corinthians 13:9-10). Writing epistles was also a part of his follow-up work.

In some places he spent more time to equip the disciples. For example, he spent one and half years in Corinth (Acts 18:11) and three years in Ephesus (Acts 20:31) teaching on the word of God. In the same way, we also need to give attention to the churches planted. 

Multiply

Unless the church we plant takes the responsibility of reaching others and planting reproducing fellowships of disciples, we have not completed our work.

Paul equipped and appointed leaders to continue the multiplication of churches in their region. Specifically, he told Titus to, “appoint elders in every town” (Titus 1:5).

We need to train every member of the newly established church to share their faith with others and to make disciples. During this process, many of them will grow as disciples who will go and make disciples and plant churches. This kind of multiplying churches will become a church-planting movement that continues to multiply churches.

You’ve got a vital part to play!

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Do you remember Moses? The man God called to lead the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt?

Well, God is still calling men and women to serve as Moses did. To lead people out of bondage to sin, and addiction, and evil spirits, and false religions.

Kintu’s Story

Kintu is a like a modern-day Moses in Uganda.

Consequently, God is using him to help others find freedom in Christ.

It all began last year. Kintu participated in a discipleship-mission training through a local church cluster in partnership with Global Disciples. For his outreach, Kintu went to a specific district to share the Gospel.

In that community, a local man has declared himself as god and king—just as the ancient Pharoahs did.

In fact, He controls people—they worship him and believe all that he says, trying to please him as their only hope. Consequently, it’s made life miserable. As a result, people don’t work, and drunkenness and ignorance hold them in bondage.

Otem who was caught up in this mess when Kintu arrived.

Finding Freedom In Christ

Otem was an alcoholic; he didn’t take care of himself; he was always dirty and unkempt.

Yet, Kintu saw a man in bondage who needed to be set free by Jesus, the true God, and King, and experience freedom in Christ.

Kintu took the lessons and skills he’d gained from the Global Disciple training and began to share the Gospel with Otem.

“No, just buy me a liter of alcohol and I will be saved.” Otem said. Kintu refused his request but he didn’t give up on this man.

Over and over Kintu shared the message of Jesus, that He’s the One to be worshiped and served. Otem resisted but he was drawn to his new friend and his message, until one day he finally accepted Jesus as His Savior.

Otem Today

Today, Otem is a strong, committed follower of Jesus, and actively seeking to serve in the new local church they planted.

In fact, like Moses, Kintu led someone out of bondage and into a new life of freedom in Christ.

Is God asking you to be a Moses to someone today? If so, then be faithful to your mission—it could change a life.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

“My passion for sharing Jesus keeps increasing,” Josiah said.

A discipleship-mission trainer from Cameroon, Josiah reported on how his church cluster was making disciples and planting churches among the least-reached.

Josiah’s Story Of Sharing Jesus

Josiah said, “Just a few years ago, I was the only one directing a discipleship training program in our region.

But I thank God that now we have 8 programs, and 2 more small business development trainings. Today, we can count at least 21 new churches planted through these trainings.”

Church planting, equipping disciples, and using small businesses to support these efforts accounted for only part of Josiah’s excitement.

“My greatest joy,” he said, “is that unreached people are receiving the Good News of Jesus.”

The disciple-makers he’s trained had gone into northern Cameroon where the people were “just pagans” and completely without Christ.

Sharing Jesus Door To Door

“It was a very hard place to reach,” he said. “But we went and 21 people received Christ through our door-to-door evangelism.” Another village never had a church before—but they now do, and they recently baptized 17 new believers!

Josiah also shares the Global Disciples vision with other church leaders. He met with one leader who was so thin and sickly, he could hardly walk. As Josiah explained the vision and how training would help, the man’s face lit up with excitement!

“At last, God has answered my prayer,” he said. For years, he had been praying for a way to train and equip his people.

Global Disciples Training Makes The Difference

Josiah trained a director from this leader’s church, and they started their own training. When Josiah went back to visit the church leader, he was a healthy and active man! Why?

The leader said, “Global Disciples training has given me hope. I didn’t have the means to take the Good News to the people who were unreached. Now I do—I have a reason to live and I am healed!”

No wonder Josiah’s passion for sharing Jesus continues to grow.

At Global Disciples, we’re so blessed to be a part of what God is doing through Josiah and others like him in Cameroon, across Africa, and around the world, as they fulfill their passion and vision to share Jesus with least-reached people.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Imagine with me. What would you think if someone announced that, your congregation would see 5,000 people come to faith in Christ…each year? For three consecutive years!!!

Maybe your church dreams and plans at that scale. But, I would guess that most of us wouldn’t quite know what to do with that vision!

It would be exciting, wouldn’t it?

To see that many people find new and eternal life in Jesus Christ. And that they were being discipled to be effective disciple-makers too.

Samuel lives in Ethiopia. He was trained by Global Disciples to equip and multiply disciples.

For three years now, he and his church network have been training and sending out disciple-makers and church planters.

Samuel Dreams Big

Samuel came to Christ as a teenager. He saw his whole family—including 7 brothers and 1 sister—put their faith in Jesus. Since age 19, he has served in the church.

He said, “We had a good ministry going. But it was not as strong as it is now with our Global Disciples training. In fact, in only 3 years, we have sent out 52 disciple-makers and church planters. In our network, almost all our leaders were trained by Global Disciples. And as a result, we’re reaching out to more.”

One strategy they use is to send teams from the discipleship training out to help and support the church planters in their new communities.

As part of their outreach, they join the church planter in sharing the Good News, discipling new believers, helping with baptism, and serving in any other activities to equip and build up that newly-planted fellowship. It’s a great way to encourage a church planter—and be about the business of multiplying disciples at the same time.

Big Dreams Become Reality

In fact, Samuel reported that in just three years, “About 16,070 people have been reached with the Gospel and come to know Jesus. We’ve started 8 new churches.” That’s over 5,000 people a year making decisions to follow Jesus Christ!

What God is doing in Ethiopia, He can do anywhere. And He uses wholehearted disciples of Jesus who share the Good News of the Savior. You can do it—and so can I!

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

“There is no greater joy than seeing a person get saved by grace through faith in Christ,” Li said.

Li leads a discipleship-mission training program in Myanmar and they’re seeing fruitful mission outreach in some of the most remote villages.

Li reported on their outreach efforts, sharing the Gospel of Jesus person to person, and house to house in rural communities. He said, “The local people are receptive and in one village, about a hundred accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.”

He also talked with great excitement about Wai!

Wai Follows The Vision

Wai is a young woman, well-educated, a mom with a toddler daughter, and one of the disciple-makers he trained. She had a good job all lined up in the city when some difficulties kept her from taking it.

A few days later, Li’s wife called Wai and invited her to participate in the discipleship training. Wai responded quickly—it was just what she knew God wanted her to do!

God had already put a vision in her heart to reach local people with the Gospel of Christ. So she packed up her small daughter and traveled to the training

Other Women Follow The Vision

As Wai took part in the training and outreach, it was clear that God had clearly given her this vision. Wai is passionate about making Christ-like disciples, and developing women leaders, and helping families thrive. She is actively serving as an indigenous missionary church planter.

In fact, as people came to faith in Christ and a new fellowship was started, Wai stayed to give leadership!

Thanks to Wai, Li, and the rest of the disciple-makers, hundreds of people in these remote villages have had the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus for the first time.

Li said it, “God is at work. We do our part, and God is doing His. Mission opportunities are everywhere. And Christ’s love compels us, so that we are committed to channel every opportunity into this mission work.”

Christ’s love compels us—let’s make the most of our opportunities today!

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian missions organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!