Thursday, April 15, 2010

LAUNCH!

My church is planning on starting a missions training school which will begin Fall 2010. For the initial year, we plan on starting with a small group of people from our church and seeing what the Lord does with it.  The school will be called Launch, and I will be the director.  Launch is being developed around three core aspects: Pray...Train...Send...


Pray
At the foundation of any move of God is extravagant prayer. No ministry with eternal impact can take place apart from the working of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is how we align ourselves with God's will and access His power. We hope to instill in our students a dependence on God and His resources. We want them to see the absolute necessity of prayer for their personal lives and ministries. Our desire is that prayer will permeate all that we do in Launch.

Train
We're in the process of recruiting folks from within our local body to serve as teachers and mentors for the students. We are blessed to have in our church a number of people who have served in international missions and/or local teaching ministries. Training will be holistic, covering character, knowledge and practical skills (heart, head and hand.)

Send
Students will participate in practicums such as evangelism, healing prayer, serving the poor, and discipling. We plan on at least one local cross-cultural ministry trip and an overseas ministry trip in the summer.

We believe that through it all, God will call some students to church planting or other long-term overseas work. We trust that all will be better equipped to serve the Lord and advance His Kingdom.

For Such a Time as This

I'm really excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing in equipping and sending people to go "to the ends of the earth" with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The recent major earthquakes around the world have reminded me of Jesus' words to His disciples when they asked Him about the end times:
"There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains."—Matthew 24:7–8
I have no idea how close we may be to the time of the return of the Lord, but I do believe we are seeing the beginning of birth pains. Jesus gave another promise that fires me up:
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." —Matthew 24:14
I long to be a part of fulfilling these words. And I pray that through Launch, God would raise up many who would be lit on fire to bring the gospel to the nations.


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