Train & Multiply History

April 23 2015

The use of Train & Multiply marks a new paradigm in discipleship. As a young missionary in Honduras, George Patterson became frustrated when his traditional teaching methods at a small Bible school didn’t work. So, he dug into the New Testament to study the methods of Jesus and Paul. He talked with older, experienced missionaries.

George 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 others” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV).

Train & Multiply uses this paradigm to take the training to ordinary, mature believers already involved in ministry. It can be used where believers live and work. The material is broken down into simple, easy-to-understand training booklets. Leaders are taught to introduce the booklets at the precise moment the believer needs the material in their ministry and coach them on how to implement it. In this way, it can be passed on for use by other ordinary, mature believers in other communities.

In 1985, Patterson left Honduras and turned all of his booklets over to S.E.A.N. (Study by Extension for All Nations) in Chile. S.E.A.N. worked with a large team of people to transform these hundreds of booklets into a set of approximately 60 books and manuals. They called this new work “Train and Multiply.”

S.E.A.N. entered a joint venture agreement with Project WorldReach (PWR) in 2000. PWR, under the leadership of Lloyd Niles, had seen the value of T&M and had a vision to see it expand and serve all nations in many languages. One key aspect of the partnership was to have T&M materials held centrally with Project WorldReach so that they would be available worldwide!

Then, in 2012, One Mission Society entered a joint venture with Project WorldReach and both now share the copyrights, management, distribution, training, and translation of T&M.

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What is T&M?

April 2 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?

In 2013, by the grace of God and through the ministry of One Mission Society, ordinary people did an extraordinary thing – they started more than 19,500 worshiping groups. They did this by being empowered by the Holy Spirit and by being equipped with a simple tool – Train and Multiply (T&M).

So just what is Train and Multiply?

Train and Multiply is a comprehensive leadership development program to help start and organize reproducing local churches, which can lead to a church multiplication movement.

It starts slow, with just a few people, but builds into a rapidly multiplying movement of disciples, leaders, and churches. In one-on-one or small group settings, motivated believers learn how to share their faith, how to disciple new believers, and how to gather those new disciples into healthy, growing churches. These disciples and churches then multiply themselves through 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th generations. And in the process, the disciples learn how to become strong, effective leaders.

T&M is a unique, menu-based leadership training/coaching approach that provides simple, easy-to-understand biblical training guides to equip ordinary Christians to start multiplying movements of disciples, churches, and leaders.

In the next five years (2015-2020), the goal is to start 414,000 new worshiping groups with the use of Train and Multiply.

We credit a very simple truth with the success of T&M:

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the right tools.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Jeremy and Melissa Reese

March 14 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 16) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Jeremy and Melissa Reese, serving in Spain. The interview was done before they left for the field, but today they are there, ministering in youth ministry, teaching English, and helping plant house churches in northeast Spain.

The Reeses talked a lot about their personal call to ministry, missions, and specifically to Spain. It was mainly based on the need there. Out of Spain's 47 million people, less than 1% are evangelical Christians.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Reese's ... and make sure you take the time to share yours!

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.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Jeremy and Melissa as they continue to adjust to a new culture, new language, new ministry, and as they miss family and friends back home. Also, pray for them as they await the arrival of their first child.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories for our a special encore presentation of OMS New Zealand missionary Graham Houghton, sharing about his 50 years of ministry in India. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, church planting, evangelism, give to missions, house churches, life changing story, missions in spain, oms outreach magazine, one mission society, short term missions,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Storly and Kate Michel

February 21 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, March 8) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS missionaries Storly and Kate Michel, serving with Radio for 4VEH in Haiti. Storly is the station manager, and Kate serves as the director of Communications and Marketing for the station. They make their home in Indiana, but they travel to Haiti several times each year.

Everyone has a story ... enjoy the Michels ... and make sure you take the time to share yours!

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.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Michels as they make plans to travel to Haiti this summer to spend a month or so there. Pray for funding for the radio station, and pray that the radios would continue to be used to bring people in Haiti to Him.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES: Are you looking for OMS books, videos, OMS Outreach magazine, social media connections, etc...check out our media website: https://oms.media

You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Lori McFall at 317.888.3333, ext. 366, or email lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, write to Lori at: lmcfall@onemissionsociety.org.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS UK missionary Alan Parkinson, who serves in the South Pacific. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at sloobie@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Christmas Around the World, part 3

December 18 2013

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Dec. 28) One Mission Stories, program 3 of OMS' radio program, featuring short Christmas memories and stories from various OMS missionaries serving around the world. This was the third of three weeks of different Christmas stories.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

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. This is a 1-year opportunity for younger missionaries.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

MEDIA/COMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES: This link will direct you to OMS books, videos, radio podcasts, OMS Outreach magazine, and many more helpful resources. Check it out!

BOOKS: You can also purchase OMS books by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like to receive a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, mentioned on the program, write to radio@onemissionsociety.org and just put His Banner book in the subject line. The first 100 to respond will receive this free.

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 an EXTRA SPECIAL broadcast, featuring New Tribes Mission missionary, Gracia Burnham. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, christmas missionary stories, funny missionary stories, life changing story, missions, one mission society, one mission stories, short term missions, world missions,

After the Show: One Mission Stories - Christmas Around the World, part 2

December 18 2013

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Dec. 14) One Mission Stories, program 2 of OMS' radio program, featuring short Christmas memories and stories from various OMS missionaries serving around the world. This is the second of three weeks of OMS missionaries sharing their Christmas stories from around the world. We will also air Christmas stories on 28, and Dec. 21 we will have an EXTRA SPECIAL broadcast, with an evangelistic Christmas drama being aired.

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. This is a 1-year opportunity for younger missionaries.

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

If you'd like a FREE copy of His Banner Over Me by Florence Cavender, mentioned on the program, write to radio@onemissionsociety.org and just put His Banner book in the subject line. The first 100 to respond will receive this free.

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 an EXTRA SPECIAL broadcast, with an evangelistic Christmas drama being aired. . If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, click here to listen to the broadcast/podcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs air every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

Tags: be a missionary, become a missionary, christmas missionary stories, funny missionary stories, give to missions, life changing story, one mission society, one mission stories, short term missions,

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Lisa Ausley

January 24 2014

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (Nov. 16) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS Board of Trustee member, Lisa Ausley. Lisa shared many stories of God leading her on her Christian journey.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

Lisa shared about the influence of Billy Graham and missionary biographies on her Christianity. She also shared about her long-term desire to be a full-time missionary, yet how God had other plans. He has used Lisa and her husband, a church pastor, to influence and send approximately 35 missionaries to date. She has a goal of 50 in her lifetime.

Lisa attended Asbury University and got involved in the OMS Student Center there, run by OMS missionary Margaret Brabon (at the time), a huge mentor in Lisa's life.

Lisa also mentioned the impact of OMS' cofounder Lettie Cowman's devotional book, Streams in the Desert.

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.

GIVE: If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

BOOKS: You can purchase Streams in the Desert devotional, by OMS cofounder Lettie Cowman, through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionary Paul Leasure. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to it at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or on podcast at http://omsradio.podbean.com/

You can also listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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Presidential Prayer Rally: Starting With Nothing

July 2 2014

It’s not often that a new President spends his first day in leadership talking about how he and everyone else in the organization is prone to failure.

But that is exactly how our new OMS President, Bob Fetherlin, started his first day here at One Mission Society.

When he realized that his first day would be on July 1, a Tuesday, Bob asked if he could move the monthly prayer rally from the traditional Wednesday to the Tuesday. So, from 9 a.m. until noon, we worshiped God and thanked him for his provision, his love, his mercy, and his altogether awesomeness. Benjamin, age 8, could be heard over some of the adults as we sang “How Great Thou Art.” Dr. Wesley Duewel, age 98, prayed twice during the three hours, reminding us that praising our Lord doesn’t have an age limit.

Bob wanted to begin his time as President of OMS with an atmosphere of total surrender and pure dependence on God, and this mindset was evident as he and his wife, Esther, addressed those in the Fellowship Hall and those joining via the live stream.

“We come with nothing in our hands. We are desperate for him.”

The prayer rally focused on the verse Matthew 5:3, which says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Bob told us that, as Christians, oftentimes “we think more highly of ourselves than we ought.” Sometimes, it can be difficult to let go of our pride and give God glory when a task goes well or projects are accomplished.

As we serve One Mission Society, Bob reminded us that our efforts are also for God. What we do in our individual cubicles or in our particular departments comes together in a bigger picture. Unless two ministries are collaborating, it can be easy to get wrapped up in our own work. So, when the departments were separated into groups of two, they didn’t share projects. They shared prayers. It took a lot of time, but Bob reminded us that if we intend to glorify God in everything we do, then “we don’t have time not to pray.”

At the end of the prayer rally, another group came up to the front of the Fellowship Hall and shared their prayers. As Bob and Esther sat in chairs at the front, our children’s prayer team, made up of OMS missionary kids, surrounded them. This group, which ranges from children as young as two to teenagers, laid one hand on our new President and First Lady while the other hand held cards that they had prepared for the special day.

With tears in their eyes, the Fetherlins expressed how blessed they felt to be part of the future of One Mission Society. We are blessed to have them here with us. God’s presence was felt that Tuesday morning—what a beautiful way to start this new season.

By Christina Franks, OMS Summer Intern in Communications

Tags: one mission society, oms, prayer, prayer rally, dependence, oms president

​Clinging to the Hope of Heaven

June 19 2014

When our One Mission Society missionaries decide to work in countries around the world, they are not signing up for vacations. Their stories from the mission field are often filled with a mixture of both successes and sadnesses. Oftentimes, the success stories are what keep us going in the midst of the sadness. In Mexico City, where OMS missionaries Steve and Helen Cosslett work with homeless youth, we praise God for each and every victory, but we also remember the tragedies that our missionaries see nearly every day.

Our ministry to street kids in Mexico City is called MEFI. The name is not only an acronym, but a process, which stands for Misericordia (Mercy), Esperanza (Hope), Fe (Faith), and Integración (Integration).

The MEFI website outlines how our missionaries and national coworkers minister to these children with the MEFI process.

“Mercy, underlines our initial contact and the practical help we seek to give the street children/young people, e.g. food, first-aid and shelter. Then we seek to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to these lives, showing them all that it means to be in a relationship with Him, including a hope for the future. If they then decide to embark on a journey with God, their faith will grow as they learn to trust Him and others. Lastly, we desire integration back into society for these street children, so that, in turn they can impact their families (if possible) and other street children by the changes they see in them.”

Unfortunately, when homelessness, jail time, drug addiction, prostitution, and other disheartening circumstances are thrown into the mix, this process turns into more of a roller coaster for the children and youth who meet our missionaries.

Meet Jenni. Jenni has been part of MEFI for about four years. After a life of drugs, she decided in January of this year that she wanted to check in to rehab. Our missionaries took her to the rehab center outside of the city and shared their testimonies. One of the workers who often visited her at the rehab center shared his story of how he conquered his drug addiction with God’s help. After about a month of being in rehab, Jenni went missing. After weeks of searching for her, MEFI recently received a phone call from the morgue saying they had a body that matched Jenni’s description. Their fears from the past weeks were confirmed when workers identified the body as Jenni’s. They were told that she died from cardiac arrest … probably because of her habitual drug abuse over several years.

Since arriving at the drop-in center, Jenni had grown very close to a lot of the workers and had several friends through MEFI. Although her death has given them a reason to mourn, her time at MEFI also has given them a reason to celebrate. With the help of our missionaries, and by the grace of God, Jenni was baptized four years ago. Our missionaries worked closely with Jenni and saw the change that Jesus was making in her life. When the sadness creeps in, they are reminded that Jenni is now pain free in the presence of God.

Praise God with us that, even though we lost Jenni, she was saved. Please pray for MEFI and our missionaries in Mexico City. Pray that this ministry would continue to be “a doorway from the darkness of the street to the dawn of abundant life!”

If you would like more information about MEFI, visit: www.mefi.co

By Christina Franks, OMS Summer Communications Intern

Tags: street kid ministry, street kids, drugs, rehab, transformation, mefi, one mission society

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Alan Parkinson

March 7 2014

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Alan Parkinson

We hope you enjoyed Sunday night's (March 9) One Mission Stories, OMS' one-hour missionary interview-style radio program, featuring OMS missionary Alan Parkinson, serving in South Pacific (the island). Alan, from OMS UK, served as a high school chaplain at an international Christian school for three years, but now is involved with evangelism and church planting.

The show also featured executive director of International Ministries, Randy Spacht, giving an exciting update on the overall work of OMS. OMS, serving in more than 70 countries, is involved in evangelistic church planting, church growth and development, training leaders, partnership, and enabling or support ministries (such as MK teachers, administration, etc..) to allow the missionaries to flourish in their roles. GOD IS AT WORK!

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? As Alan shared, it was through a short-term mission experience that God called him and his family to full-time service. Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM

GIVE: If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online

PRAY: Pray for Alan and his family as they seek to disciple seminary students. Pray also as he works with local believers to multiply churches (use the training he's received on obedience-based discipleship) and that many new people would come to know Christ. 

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ. Call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org. 

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.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

INFO: Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear from OMS missionaries Jeremy and Melissa Reese, church planting in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

If you missed this program or any of our previous programs, you can listen to the podcast at www.onemissionsociety.org/radio, or click here to listen to the broadcast on podbean.

Each week, you can listen live on Freedom 95 at 95.9 FM or 950 AM or live streaming at www.freedom95.us. Our programs are every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m.

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