As a church grows and matures to become a thriving church, the development of leadership becomes an integral part of that growth. This issue looks at how faithful men and women are tapped for leadership in a people group in the Philippines. Read how the disciples become the disciplers, and how they push at the edge of their church, reaching out to neighbouring people groups.
Cross-cultural church planting is exactly like raising children. Okay, maybe they are not exactly alike.
As I reflect on how parenting and church planting are the same (and different), two very important aspects come to mind.
While at Bible school in England, they found out about unreached people groups never having the chance to hear the Word of God. The Lord changed the directions of the Epps from the snowy mountains of Canada to the jungle of the Philippines.
AN EXCITED GROUP OF INAPANGS gathered on the first day of teaching, meeting in the U-shaped shelter they built for the occasion. A timeline representing biblical history stretched about 50 yards around the building.
“We are just this last mark in time, but God’s story goes all the way back to the beginning,” said a man who spoke for all those who marvelled at the new revelation.
“Our ancestors didn’t know about all that time back behind us. They didn’t know and so they couldn’t tell us. We didn’t know either until now.”
Their knowledge of God’s story and how it would affect them was just beginning…
Enter into the incredible journey of redemption for the Inapang people. Discover what it takes to reach an unreached people group and rejoice with us as you witness their transformation, from darkness to light!
Come face to face with realities unknown to most people. See firsthand what it takes to plan a church among people who have no concept of the God of the Bible. Learn from missionaries on the field and spend time with tribal people.
INTERFACE is a six-week college-level course in Papua New Guinea.
COURSE TOPICS INCLUDE:
Motivation for Missions
Evangelism and Discipleship
Culture and Language Acquisition
Critical Issues in Missions
Internships focused on Field Support and Church Planting ministries are also available.