Leadership Development

Please visit me at my other blog, tangiblethoughts, at www.tangiblethoughts.wordpress.com. There you can read about missions, church planting, Church Planting Movements, and T4T.

I have recently finished the reading of Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s Or Ours? by Roland Allen. The book was written in 1912 and contains insights from the ministry of the Apostle Paul that are relevent for missions and cross-cultural ministry today.

I have written a post on this book on my other blog site, tangiblethoughts. I would invite you to visit it here and leave your thoughts

I would like to thank all of you who continue to dial up taethnenetwork for a visit.

You have probably noticed that I have not written and posted any articles lately. That’s because I have gone back to writing most of my thoughts on my original blog, tangiblethoughts.

Tangiblethoughts contains articles that pertain primarily to missional, church planting, organic/simple church, campus and international student ministry, and Reformed Theology issues. You’ll occasionally find an article about a current event or some random thought. (The other day I posted my 200th article in less than two years. Not many compared to many other blogs, but it was exciting for me.)

I’d like to invite you to continue searching taethnenetwork for articles of interest to you. I pray that the articles you find here have been, and will continue to be, interesting, encouraging, and profitable to you.

I would also like to invite you to bookmark my tangiblethoughts  blog and check in there regularly for my latest posts. My prayer is that they will prove to be both interesting and encouraging for you.

~ Blessings ~

Nearly 200 people from more than 37 nations met in Delhi, India in November to discuss, report on, and pray about what the Lord is doing around the world to reach a lost humanity for Himself through house churches, house church networks, and house church movements.

The Summit’s Steering Group has produced a 14-page summary report of the meeting that I think you will enjoy reading if you are interested in organic, simple churches and house church movements.

The report includes: 

  1. Notes on keynote sessions that addressed topics such as Global Trends, Reaching the Unreached, and Involving the Whole Family in ministry
  2. Country reports
  3. Highlights of the Summit
  4. Benefits of the gathering

The paper also includes a contact email if you would like to receive “full collected papers and reports” of the Summit. I have requested the material and am looking forward to receiving, reading and praying through them.

You can read the Steering Group’s Report here.

For the latest, most complete and comprehensive report on international students studying in the United States, check out the Institute of International Education’s summary page for the 2008-2009 academic school year here.

Amazing numbers. Great harvest field.

~ reach students … disciple the “nations” ~

Bindu Choudrie and her husband, Victor, have been used of the Lord of the Harvest to plant thousands of simple, organic churches in India. And the multiplication of churches continues.

In an article entitled “Simple Church – Bindu’s Response,” John White, a house church coach in Colorado, shares some of a conversation that he had with Bindu about leadership in church planting movements.

It’s a very short article, but one that I think you’ll find interesting.

It can be read here.

Neil Cole wrote a very interesting and insightful paper on the missionary strategy of the Apostle Paul that I have just discovered and read. The paper was written in 1998 and is entitled “A Fresh Perspective Of Paul’s Missionary Strategies.” The sub-title really speaks to the content of the paper. It is “The Mentoring for Multiplication Model.”

In the introductory section of the paper, Cole writes,

This article will examine Paul’s missionary methods, and demonstrate that he improved upon their effectiveness and fruitfulness with each journey as he focused more concerted energy in mentoring and multiplying leadership.”

Cole then walks us through the missionary journeys of Paul, showing us from Scripture how the Apostle’s strategy for ministry and leadership development matured with each journey.

The first missionary enterprise was carried out by a two-man team – Paul and Barnabas. By the time of the third missionary journey, Paul understood the need for the multiplication of leaders for the work of the ministry and the spreading of the Gospel. He then established a teaching and training ministry at the School of Tyrannus in Ephesus which, in essence, was a “regional church planting saturation strategy” training school. From this school, according to Cole, church planters were sent into Asia Minor and churches, such as the one at Colosse, were started and established. The men who had been trained in the school and served as the Asia Minor church planters are, per Cole, the elders that Paul addresses in Acts 20.

Neal then shows us how Paul, years later while under house arrest in Rome, continued to minister the Gospel, mentor believers and multiply ministry leadership.

The thrust of Neal’s paper, based on the ministry of The Apostle, is that if we are going to effectively reach our world for Christ, we must place an emphasis on the raising up, mentoring, and multiplication of leaders for the work of the Kingdom.

“Out of the harvest … For the harvest”

Read the paper in its entirety here.

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