A Word From Steve Jones
March 12th, 2019
Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… In recent years, our Regions have offered a ministry tool to local churches called “Church Consultation.” Many of our churches have benefited by discovering those growth areas in their ministry that need to be addressed. I have had the joy of accompanying consultation teams to help support our churches out West and out East.
GLOBAL MISSION COACHING
Our Fellowship International department has created a ministry tool for our churches to help revitalize and develop your missions ministry. A Global Missions Coach comes alongside your missions and church leadership to help develop a unique plan for your church to fulfill the Great Commission.
I have asked our Fellowship International director, Dave Marttunen, to comment on this coaching ministry:
Our world is as complex as our shifting Canadian culture. First, as we intentionally engage in our calling to: “make disciples”, we discover that we do so in a context of spiritual warfare. Our cunning and diabolical enemy does all he can to distract, confuse, frustrate, marginalize and defeat us so that we do not effectively harvest the fields that are ripe. Secondly, we also discover in our intention to do missions a maze of opportunities. Being overwhelmed can lead us away from engagement and result in inertia; doing little to reach the lost in the wide world. One solution used by many churches is to delegate the task to a small group of individuals; a committee is asked to do the work. Too frequently the outcome of a small group with a big task has been poor engagement by the congregation, and an inadequate sense of ownership by the church. Yet most churches don’t want to ‘just write a cheque’, they want to be involved. Enter, the most recent answer — short term teams. Most churches using teams have discovered an improvement in engagement in missions, but they have also learned that short term teams cannot meet the long term need in the fields. Is there a better way forward? I think that there is.
Growing the church, doing discipleship, and engaging in missions, are all team activities. And they are inseparably linked. Missions is not a task of the church, it is fundamentally the outwork of worship, discipleship, and being the light of the world. Not only are we better together, but we simply can’t do any of these things individually. We all know that every team sport played to its highest level requires coaching for improvement, development, and encouragement. In fact as Canadians we routinely engage coaches for life, work, and sport. Can it be that we are awakening to the need for coaching in our spiritual development and purposes too? Going at these things alone and/or in isolation is tantamount to failure.
The great news is that being part of our Fellowship gives us enormous advantage. We have vast resources among our churches, regions, agencies and fields that we can use to better prepare us to accomplish God’s mission.
Fellowship International is equipped to help our Churches find their way in missions and through prayer to raise the workers needed to reap the fields. Coaching helps us to leverage our God given gifts, and resources so that our churches can make God sized impact in our wide world. An email, phone call or text can start our engagement with you.
One of our Global Mission Coaches has this to say about what to expect as a church if you choose to have a mission consultation:
“Mission coaching assists local congregations to identify and take ownership of their own strategic missions focus in such a way that it engages their people in the deployment of their unique gifts and resources in partnership with others, for the accomplishment of God’s mission beginning in their Jerusalem and extending to the ends of the earth. The mission coaching process provides a church a context for unhurried reflection and the intentional seeking of God’s face in identifying its own particular mission thrust into the world.”
— Richard Flemming, Fellowship National Eastern Coordinator
I trust many of our churches will take full advantage of this ministry tool to help our churches become all they can be.
Have a blessed week,