September 22 2015
by Aaron Taylor
This week we will focus on one of the church planting methods that Every Community for Christ (ECC) uses, Village Church Planting (VCP). We'll see why it was chosen and how modern missionaries use it.
What is Village Church Planting?
Village Church Planting is a subsection of the Into Africa Project, a ministry of One Mission Society (OMS), and the official church planting method that is used in a majority of African villages. The process was developed in order to evangelize and plant churches in unreached villages in Africa.
Hundreds of men and women are coming to the saving work of Jesus Christ through this training-in-ministry process so often adopted by many ECC church plants.
How is it used?
Associated with VCP is a goal called The African Challenge. The end goal of The African Challenge is to have planted a church in every village in Africa by the year 2030. In order to do this, VCP relies heavily on the youth of African villages to lead an evangelical pursuit in their own context. Through coordination and training, churches all over Africa are spreading like wildfire. The VCP church planting method is specifically targeted for use throughout Africa, but that isn't to say that it couldn't be used elsewhere with a little adaptation.
Since its conception, VCP has planted more than 42,500 churches throughout Africa, and nearly 5,500,000 members have committed their lives to Jesus Christ.
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September 17 2015
Over the next three weeks, we will be posting a series about the three church multiplication methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC): Village Church Planting (VCP), Training for Trainers (T4T), and Train and Multiply (T&M).
All three of these methods have been tested and proven effective by church planters from across the globe. Every Monday we will introduce a new method, and finish up every Thursday by explaining the ins and outs of each individual method.
Beginning this Monday, we will focus on the first multiplication method, Village Church Planting. Along with this series, we sincerely hope to post additional blogs that will equip you with Stories from the Field that will describe how each of these methods is being used practically.
We are so excited to have you join us on this journey through our own church planting methodology, and we can't wait to hear any feedback or questions you may have. It is such a blessing to share the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfill the Great Commission alongside each of you using these three methods.
The ECC Team
September 8 2015
by Lois Pannabecker
Prisons in Honduras generally have about 400 inmates. In the
prisons where ECC partner ministries have a presence, twenty to forty percent
of the inmates are worshiping together in literal “cell” churches. Gary and
Diane Barefoot are Church Multiplication Facilitators (CMF) in Honduras. They
give us this report on their most recent visit.
Gary states, “I am so excited about what God is doing through
the group of volunteers and the faithful Christians in Honduras!”
Attempting to get a good grasp on the current growth in this
ministry, I asked a Train & Multiply (T&M) trainer, ”What do you think
this program will look like a year from now?” At first I got a confused
look, so I said, “How many trainers do you now have?” They answered, “Seventeen.”
I followed up, “Then how many do you expect to have in a year?”
At first I was met with another blank look, then Nora spoke up,
“In three weeks we will have a total of sixty-three trainers because several
training classes will be completed.” “Ok, how many will you have in a year,” I
responded? It was then that it really dawned on them that this program is about
to explode numerically. They replied, “Well, we could probably have over one
hundred!” to which I added, “probably closer to two or three hundred!”
Today, with only seventeen trainers, we have about as many
groups studying and each of those has 5-7 trainees. Within the four prisons
where our ministry is active, there is a total of two to three hundred individuals
worshiping Jesus as a result of the Train & Multiply program.
God is in the process of opening all the prisons in the country,
twenty-six of them, to our program. Praise God for open doors and encouraging
May 27 2015
The future growth in the Philippines will come from the
tremendous group of college-age young people God is raising up. We saw their
enthusiasm and potential when we visited the Don Mariano Marcos State
University in La Union.
We met the Dagupan team at the National Lay Leaders'
Training in Baguio (more than half of the lay leaders were from this age
group), and at the Banaba House Ministry retreat for 17 young people, primarily
children of ECC workers and pastors.
These young adults are catching the vision of church
multiplication through T&M training and desire to spread the Gospel
throughout the Philippines and elsewhere. They come to the training events and
return home excited and ready to apply what they learned. They are starting
groups on their campuses and in their communities.
One young lady attended the training in La Union. She
committed to start a group with two friends on campus. She started with nine!
The group has now grown to 20 members. She is training three leaders in order
to divide the group so that it may continue to grow. The members lead worship
teams and are involved in children’s and youth ministries in their local
We believe that many of these young people will be the
future T&M trainers in the regional training centers, and the church
planters and pastors needed for the developing house churches.
March 31 2015
What might happen if we could mobilize ordinary people to go into the
great harvest fields at our doorsteps and start church multiplication
movements? Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they are empowered
by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the right tools. T&M a powerful tool
to help ordinary people do this; it is a process to help ordinary people start
healthy worshiping groups that will multiply.
The founder of T&M discovered
a simple but powerful paradigm modeled by Jesus and taught by Paul:
And the things you have heard me say
in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be
qualified to teach other
(2 Timothy 2:2 NIV).
Watch for the April 2015 media blitz for Train & Multiply
August 7 2014
We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Aug. 17) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionary Jim Hogrefe, serving with Every Community for Christ as the director of church multiplication. Jim shared many stories about his two years in Russia with CoMission and many stories about his time in India.
Everyone has a story ... enjoy Jim's!
Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.
GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.
Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015! Check out the Facebook page.
GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.
PRAY: Pray for Jim and his wife Karen...and for their two adult children and six grandchildren. Pray that each would come to know the Lord and walk with him. Also, pray for the ministry of church multiplication, which is exploding! Pray for our next steps of saturating different communities with the Gospel so that every man, woman, and child would hear. We also need more partners to help fulfill the Great Commission.
If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.
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OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.
To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.
INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Joyce Oden. Joyce spent many years establishing our ministry in the Philippines and helped start our HOPE61 ministry, helping to prevent human trafficking. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at email@example.com.
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