Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Most everything rests and falls on leadership. Developing emerging leaders is the work of leaders. The church of Jesus Christ depends on the commitment leaders put on equipping and training future leaders. I’m excited by a fairly new development plan to equip future leaders in Venezuela.
On Mission in Venezuela
Fellowship International missionaries Ken and Mary Ann Jolley are seeking to equip the church in Venezuela to embrace this fundamental principle. Serving over twenty years in South America, they have been involved in church-planting, leadership development and more recently training Head Facilitators to use the KAIROS material in the Venezuelan church and other Latin American countries (www.kairoscourse.org). KAIROS is similar to the better known “Perspectives” course used in Canada. These tools equip disciples of Christ to become missionaries in their own culture.
In a recent newsletter, the Jolleys shared the impact of this missions course on one believer —a young woman named Heidi Planchart. I was greatly encouraged by Ken’s interview with Heidi and thought you would be encouraged too.
Ken asked: “I once heard you say that there is a ‘before and after’ with KAIROS. What do you mean by that?”
Heidi: “Before taking the KAIROS course, the majority of people have an idea that God has a mission for this world, but I say that it is a ‘vague idea’. After taking KAIROS, the mission of God for this world is so much clearer. You realize the great need of the world, and that this need is not some invention of the missionaries. The need is very real and we have a job to do. What God wants to do and how He is doing it is so much clearer after taking KAIROS. This is what happens at the individual level.
But there is also a ‘before and after’ for the churches. We need to realize that the call to mission is for the whole congregation. Everyone has a role to do, whether it is to pray, finance, morally support, witness in your community. No matter if your church is big or small, every church and every member of the local church has a role to fulfill in the Great Commission.”
Pray for the Jolleys as they continue to equip and mobilize God’s people in Venezuela to get on mission with God.
I’m a firm believer that now-a-days pastors need to think and behave more like the cross-cultural missionaries in their communities, and our churches need to think and act more like MASH-units going out into the battle to bring relief and meet real needs in our broken down, messed up towns and cities.
Sitting in our church buildings, hoping they’ll come check us out is to miss the whole point of Missio Dei. Imagine if God chose to sit and wait for us to come to Him. Instead our missionary God chose to come to us.
A baby in a manger who couldn’t even chew solid food or control his bladder — how humbling is that!? Thank God that He chose to get on mission. Are you on mission? Involved in the everyday co-mission with Jesus? If not, and you claim to be a disciple of Christ, you’re missing the very point of life.
Darrell Guder writes, “We have begun to see that the church of Jesus Christ is not the purpose or goal of the Gospel, but rather its instrument and witness… God’s mission is calling and sending us, the church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary church in our own societies, in the cultures in which we find ourselves.”
Let’s all get on mission with our missionary God.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2015 Fellowship theme verse is:
“"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (NLT)