Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… Someone once said experience is something you don’t get until you need it. How often have you wished you had remembered to say the perfect response — after the meeting, or performed a more appropriate action — after the event?
Preparation helps leaders to say and act effectively. Most of us would agree we benefit from continuing education and training. I hope you are committed to being a lifelong learner. One of our values of our mission document, “We are the Fellowship” is:
Value #4: Strategic leadership multiplication resulting in equipped and empowered leaders.
Our Fellowship International department desires indigenouschurch leaders to gain theological and pastoral training. Our LeadersFor ministry establishes partnerships between fellowship churches and their leaders with cohorts of indigenous church leadership in many of the fields our missionaries serve in.
Our Fellowship LeadersFor Coordinator Dr. Hanni Muhtar is looking for Fellowship churches and leaders who desire to get involved in the training and leadership development of leaders in countries in Central America, Asia, and Africa. I encourage you to contact Hanni if you’re interested. Fellowship pastors and leaders typically spend one week doing modular teaching with a group of pastors and visit each year over a few years. Look online at www.fellowship.ca/LeadersFor for more information.
LeadersFor in India
Fellowship International missionaries Jack and Lorraine Chen (Morningstar Scarborough, ON) have been involved with several fellowship churches in the training of pastors in north east India over several years. I recently asked Jack to comment:
“The burning question of the day is: how do we reach 91 million Bengali-speaking people in a state where only 0.6% profess to be Christian? Equip and train the local church leaders to complete the task.
“When LeadersFor Kolkata Phase One concluded in January 2014, we moved some of the graduates from our first pastors’ training cohort out into their home towns and villages — and the Phase Two results have been astounding.
“Ten of those graduates now lead five cohorts, totalling 150 pastors, evangelists, church planters and lay leaders. One of those leaders is Probir Mahali. Probir now pastors four congregations and is personally training seven apprentice leaders we call “Timothies”. In October 2014, nine months after finishing his training, Probir baptized 40 new believers; he baptized another 53 in November 2015 and on October 23 this year, I preached in his village church where 60 new believers were baptized. Probir is the co-leader of this fine group of Bengal, consisting of tribals who have less than a grade 10 education and who will probably never get an opportunity to study in a Bible School.”
This is wonderful news… 153 baptized believers in the past two years! Instrumental in this happening was the training of Pastor Probir by Fellowship Baptist leaders.
As our good friend Dr. Roy Lawson use to say: “If that doesn’t light your fire, your wood is wet.”
If you have any further interest in knowing more about our Fellowship LeadersFor ministry and how you and your church can get involved, please email > Dr. Hanni Muhtar <.
Have a blessed week,