In our last update, we shared about our return to the States this June and a brief description of our new role. Since that post, we have received numerous comments of encouragement and assurance of continued support in this new ministry. Thank you for your kind words and for standing with us in this transition. In this update we want to elaborate on the leadership role we’ll play within World Team and the ongoing work of establishing communities of believes among unreached people.
Recently, I’ve been thinking of Hebrews 12:2 ….“Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame…” The joy before him was at least two-fold; one joy was the knowledge of being obedient to the Father in the mission he was given and the second joy was looking past the horrific nature of the cross and seeing the eternal outcome. The outcome is a host of forgiven people surrounding the throne offering their praise and worship (a glorious outcome). What Jesus did over 2,000 years ago is having the rippling effect today. His work in those early disciples, his death on the cross and his empowerment of believers is still having an impact today throughout the world. Contemplating this verse made me think; what is the joy set before us as it relates to developing training materials and leaders? The joy set before us is to be obedient to the Father and to see people praising the Father. We believe our new ministry can have a far-reaching and eternal impact. How? you may ask. Although our feet may be in Wilmington, N.C the investment made in creating training materials and developing leaders is captured by the pebble in the pond phenomenon. Just as the pebble creates multiple outward ripples, so we believe investing in others creates a ripple. We anticipate the investment we make in others will, in turn, benefit those they work beside as well as those they serve. This ripple effect extends all the way to the lost who hear the gospel, who then form into communities of believers and extend the gospel to others.
The outward moving ripple reflects the dynamic of discipleship and multiplication. We see this in the Apostle Paul wherein II Timothy 2:2 he says “now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others”. Paul alludes to the ripple effect once again in Ephesians 4:12 “Their (leaders) responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Leaders are in their role to influence others towards the purposes of God; to create a ripple that extends beyond themselves, beyond the walls into the streets and across cultural and national boundaries.
That is the joy and ripple effect in developing others. We want to play our part….causing a ripple for the praise of His Glory.
Over the last six year while serving as the Asia Area Director, growing and developing leaders has been at the forefront of our ministry. Now we have the opportunity to devote more time to a greater number of current and emerging leaders, not only in Asia but in other countries where World Team is working. Take a few minutes to watch this video to hear young leaders share the impact of the new Leader Cohort training which started November 2017. https://youtu.be/IbWfipLQzA8
The leader cohort (described in the video) is just one of the opportunities we have to impact leaders and missions on a global scale. In addition to the cohort, we’ll join others to present onsite training in various countries as well as hosting online development sessions. We’ve been asked to develop a new training resource every few months that will prepare workers for the task of sharing the gospel, discipling believers, establishing churches, working as a team, and leading others. We will also look into other training needs such as cross-cultural adaptation, resolving conflict, partnerships, leadership values, and other relevant topics.
There is great debate over whether or not leaders are born or are made. I can tell you from personal experience that leaders (whether born with a gift or not) need several things: 1) their reference point for all they do needs to be God, 2) development in principled-biblical leadership, 3) opportunities to exercise leadership, 4) feedback from mentors on how they’re doing 5) encouragement and a listening ear as they lead 6) continued development opportunities 7) vision to develop others. When emerging leaders have these components we will see a new era of available leaders.
We praise God for this chance to invest in leaders who will invest in others, thus keeping the multiplication ripple moving. We trust you see the importance and the strategic nature of this opportunity.
There is still so much more to share with you, such as the holistic organization we’re involved in. In our next update, we’ll share a bit about that and provide a video link which explains the core concepts of its ministry focus.
Look for another update coming soon,