How does T&M parallel the methods of Jesus and Paul?

April 27 2015

T&M uses the training methods of both Jesus and the apostle Paul.

Jesus focused on a few (12 apostles) to win many (within 70 years his disciples had taken his good news into every corner of the Roman world). He went slow at first in order to go faster later. Jesus knew he only had three years to prepare people to launch a movement. Human intuition says, “Start fast, and start big.” Jesus was counter-intuitive. He started slow, and he focused on a few. T&M does the same. You will not find any well-packaged, mass marketing campaigns or programming in T&M. Instead, you will find groupings of one-on-one or small groups as trainers and coaches equip disciples for the harvest and to lead churches.

Jesus invested his time in the right persons. He focused on obedience-based discipleship. He ministered to everyone who came to see him through preaching, teaching, and healing. But, he used tough teaching, fervent prayer, and calls to obedience to filter his followers down to the 12 he invested in the most. T&M welcomes everyone. But, through various filters and a focus on accountability, it helps the coach to invest his or her time with motivated participants -- ones who want to grow in Christ-likeness and do so through devoted learning and obedient service. But, T&M also helps believers focus on the persons God is directing them to invest in through their evangelistic and discipleship efforts – those persons of peace Jesus directed his disciples to in Luke 10.

Jesus made disciples who could make disciples. His approach was very relational. Making disciples is very different from making converts. Disciple making requires time and relationship. Jesus did life with his disciples. And he modeled exactly what he wanted them to do as they went out to make disciples. They learned well. They taught others what Jesus taught and modeled what he had modeled. They made disciples who made disciples who made disciples.

In the T&M process, the T&M coach develops very genuine relationships with T&M participants. T&M is a very relational process that empowers Christians to both coach and train believers to multiply

themselves in the lives of others. Disciples make disciples who make disciples, as participants become coaches who train other participants who become coaches. Strong leadership development occurs, healthy churches are started, and the process continues as a church multiplication movement builds.

Tags: jesus, disciples, obedience, preaching, teaching, healing, t&m,

Miracles Around the World

November 25 2014

Every Tuesday and Thursday, those of us who work at the One Mission Society World Headquarters gather together for chapel. We get to hear reports from field missionaries passing through, encouraging devotionals from local pastors, and general updates from leaders of what God is doing around the world. Today was one of those days. International Ministries director, Randy Spacht, shared two stories.

OMS began work in India in 1940 and planted the first national church in 1945. Today, there are more than 4,500 OMS-related churches in India. Recently, Randy attended the 35th biennial all-India conference and heard many stories. One impactful report came from Delhi where the team there said that they were involved in evangelism, hospital and jail ministry, showing the Jesus film, and a healing ministry. Here in the U.S., we’re leery of testimonies of healings because of the fraud we’ve seen associated with it. But around the world, it is through healing ministries that thousands are being saved. One man, Ansh, couldn’t walk or talk, and was healed when the team prayed for him. He and his whole family accepted Jesus as their Savior.

In the Caribbean, people are coming to the Lord so quickly, OMS is checking and double checking the numbers for accuracy. Recently, an OMS-trained student met a man on the train and shared the Gospel with him, and he accepted Jesus in his life. As the student stood to get off at his stop, the man said, “But what do I do now?” The student gave him his Bible and his OMS church-planting training materials and told him to read it and do what it said.

Several months had passed when the car of one of our leaders, P*, broke down. He walked to a nearby town and heard Christian worship. When he inquired where he might find a mechanic, someone pointed at the group singing and said the mechanic was the one leading them.

Afterward, when P* introduced himself and his title to the mechanic, he (the mechanic) got so excited and brought out a book to show him. It was the same church-planting training book that the OMS student had given him on the train. He had read it, did what it said … and planted a church, with 200 being baptized that very night!

Oh, how good it is to serve the Lord of the harvest! Thank you for your support of One Mission Society, making it possible for the ministry like the stories above to happen, for us to tell His stories, and for all of us to be a part of changing lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tags: evangelism, india, caribbean, gospel sharing, healing,

God's Miraculous, Healing Touch

November 20 2013

God's Miraculous, Healing Touch

Editor’s note: For some, this story and pictures (at the bottom) about a serious burn victim may be too graphic. We share it with those who can handle it as a testimony to God’s healing touch in Leo’s life. For the record, Leo is a woman. Her accident happened in Sept. She was restored wholly and completely less than one month later … a miracle!

I want to share my testimony with you.  On September 27, 2013, I suffered an accident in my home.  My face, neck, and arms were scalded when I fell on the stairs while carrying a large pot filled with boiling water.  First, I was taken to the local emergency room in El Escorial. They told me that I had second degree burns. They gave me pain medicine intravenously, checked me with an ultrasound, put electrodes on me to monitor my heart, and gave me a tetanus shot. All in all it was a dramatic experience, but God was taking care of me through the emergency room staff who treated me wonderfully and with great care. I remembered the verse that I had written down the day before on the door to my room, “All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you” --Psalm 38:9, NIV.  I knew that God was aware of everything that was happening and that He was taking my suffering upon Himself.

Next, I was taken by ambulance to La Paz Hospital known for having the best burn treatment unit in Madrid.  There they began the first actual treatments of my wounds.  They removed all of the other apparatuses: the intravenous tubes, the electrodes, and the cold compresses that had previously been placed on me to alleviate the burns. They removed all of the damaged skin that they could, opened the blisters, and began to care for my wounds.  They also gave me instructions for home care. I was to stay inside my house, to take ibuprofen for the pain, to leave the bandages on my arm, to moisturize and keep the burns on my face clean, and to return to the hospital every week for treatment.

When I got home, I cried because I felt so alone. I couldn’t leave my house; I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do; I couldn’t be independent; I couldn’t attend to my work or my children; I felt powerless, because of the trauma, but I did not cry because of the pain because I hardly had any.  Neither did I cry about the possible side effects or scarring that I might have. For me, this was unusual, but I wasn’t concerned at all. I trusted that God was in control and that he had heard my sighing and my desire to be completely restored. He took away my worries and was carrying all my pain and anguish about how I might be physically affected.

At times, I was frustrated by the slowness of the healing process, but I give thanks again for your fervent prayers to God Almighty who has done a miraculous work.  Even though I have never been a beauty, I am happy to see my new skin and my face as it was before. I am thankful to God for this great miracle in my life, and I am sharing this to give testimony of the power of God who is alive and who works in marvelous ways in our lives.

Thank you to everyone because you have cried and suffered for me and with me, and thank you to God because He knows my longings and my sighing is not hidden from him, and neither is yours.

--Leo Martín, One Mission Society Church Planter in Spain





Tags: church planting, life changing story, missions, trusting god, world missions, healingmissions in spain