Former Hindu Emerges as Leader

August 22 2017

Arjun* was born into a Hindu family in the Indian state of Karnataka. During his childhood, Arjun's sister and parents came to faith in Jesus. The family began to attend the local church of the Evangelical Church of India, but Arjun could not understand his need for salvation in Christ. Then one night, while attending a revival service at the ECI church, the Holy Spirit spoke to him from Jeremiah 1:5, and Arjun realized that God had been calling him from his mother's womb into a personal relationship as a disciple of Jesus Christ. He confessed his sins and asked Jesus to take control of his life.

In 2010, Arjun enrolled as a student at the Karnataka Bible Seminary, one of the ten regional Bible schools of the Evangelical Church of India that focus on raising up grassroots level church planters to launch and develop new churches that multiply. During his studies at KBS, the course in personal evangelism equipped him to share the Gospel effectively among his Hindu neighbors and family members. Upon graduation from the graduate of theology program of KBS, Arjun was appointed as a pastor to a small village church. He is now continuing his studies, pursuing the bachelor of theology degree at KBS.

I met Arjun in November of 2016 when I visited the school in Karnataka to facilitate training in Train & Multiply. T&M equips believers to find persons of peace, share the Good News, teach believers to follow the commands of Jesus, and multiply healthy, growing churches to the second and third generations and beyond. In a joint effort with OMS’ Every Community for Christ team and the Theological Education team, we are working with the Allahabad Bible Seminary and the regional Bible schools of ECI to incorporate T&M into their courses of study.

Arjun eagerly participated during the November training, and he reports that he was especially influenced by the 12 Principles of Church Multiplication. Today, he continues to learn the principles and practices of T&M at KBS, even as he applies that learning in his ministry as a pastor in a local village.

Arjun is only one example of the strategic role of the seminaries and Bible schools of ECI. Their impact goes far beyond the classroom into the cities, towns, and villages of India, often in partnership with the India Missionary Movement ministry of the Evangelical Church of India. These dedicated faculty and students are training thousands of pastors and laypersons while also engaging in creative and effective community outreach and evangelism. They do so with meager resources and most often in the face of fierce opposition and increasing persecution. Across India today, young leaders like Arjun are bringing transformation to individuals, families, and communities.

To learn more about the seminaries and Bible schools of the Evangelical Church of India and how you can support them, contact OMS Theological Education or International Support Ministries or give here.

By Dick Freed, Director of OMS Learning & Development

*Name withheld for security.

Tags: india, former hindu, evangelical church of india, theological education, seminary, training, t&m,

​Dynamic Trainer of Trainers

September 22 2016

After establishing a strong foundation of church multiplication in India, James, the Every Community for Christ assistant national coordinator for North India, taught a Bible college class about Train & Multiply (T&M). The next week, one of the students traveled home and visited his friend, Mohit*. Mohit was pastoring a church, but his vision was to plant many other churches in his area of staunch Hinduism. However, he had become discouraged. After years of trying, he still had just one small congregation.

The student told him about James and the success of T&M in multiplying churches. Mohit was interested, so he contacted James, who invited him to attend a T&M training in Allahabad. Mohit was impressed with this simple, practical method, and he immediately returned to his town and trained three other men to use T&M to plant churches. Nine months later, more than 1,000 new believers from 50 new house churches gathered together to celebrate Christmas for the first time.

Mohit continues to train many others in his area. As an experienced leader, he trained new church planters at the Jubilee training in Chennai. God has transformed Mohit from a discouraged, unfruitful pastor into a dynamic trainer of trainers who has launched a church-planting movement in northern India.

*Name changed for security.

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​A Bridge to the Bush

July 1 2016

Liberian Nationals’ Efforts to Minister to Unreached Groups

In the world’s third poorest nation, the hope of the Good News of Jesus Christ is growing rich in abundance.

Dean Davis, International Director of Every Community for Christ (ECC), shared how God is moving in Liberia, Africa, through the nationals’ efforts to spread the Gospel, make new disciples, and plant new churches through ECC’s Train & Multiply method.

In 2015, Solomon Davis, a church leader and faculty member at Monrovia Bible College in Liberia, wanted to use Train & Multiply to help churches make disciples and plant new worshiping groups. ECC invited Solomon to train in the United States in order to learn how to use this method, but he was unable to come.

Instead, Dean said, ECC developed “downloadable training,” a way to send training guides and materials so that a person experienced in evangelism and church planting can train himself or herself and in turn train others. The materials were in English with African art. English is the national language of Liberia, but it also has some 30 other spoken languages.

During the training process, Jim Hogrefe, an OMS missionary serving with ECC, worked with and coached Solomon and his friends as they learned how to use Train & Multiply. Dean said that they took the training very seriously and started to train others. Soon, they had trained more than 100 church leaders and church members on how to use T&M in multiple cities and towns in Liberia.

Among those who were trained were two pastors who spoke not only English but also Bassa, the local language. After their training, Dean said each of these pastors shared what they had learned, took their choirs and evangelism teams, and journeyed from their homes near Buchanon, Liberia, into the African bush.

The bush is typically described as a place, usually without electric power, where roads and highways don’t penetrate. Most people living there survive through hunting and gathering methods and subsistence agriculture. It was to these harsh areas, areas where Bassa is spoken, that the pastors took their teams to create new worshiping groups.

“Not just one but multiple groups,” Dean added, “and they’re training those groups to go farther in and share the Good News with their contacts.”

This succession of training — from ECC, to Solomon, to other pastors, and then to residents in the bush — is an example of using “bridge people” to share the Gospel.

“Bridge people are bilingual and bicultural people,” Dean explained. “When we find those people, there’s a great means to advance the Gospel to places where it has not been heard or embraced. For OMS… Solomon is a bridge person. He has all these contacts all across Liberia.”

With each new level of trained individuals, the Gospel can penetrate deeper into new areas of the world through bicultural and bilingual bridge people. These people can come into unreached groups with a knowledge of the language and culture, an understanding of the message they need to spread, and the skills to equip locals to continue the mission.

For foreigners and even African urban dwellers, places like the bush can be undesirable or unreachable. By using other bridge people who have better means of access, such as Solomon and the pastors who speak Bassa, the Gospel can spread farther in Liberia than it could in strictly OMS hands. That is part of the beauty of the body of Christ and the remarkable power of God’s Good News.

This pattern of finding bridges into new cultures is critical for internationalization. In this case, internalization means letting cultures different from OMS’ take the methods they have learned to continue spreading the Gospel and to send out their own groups of missionaries.

Solomon and his people, Dean added, understand that this bridging process is now primarily a local initiative in Liberia. In other words, even though Train & Multiply may have started from an international source, it will be continued and sustained on a local level. Solomon and the others want to develop self-reliant, local leaders that can use T&M across Liberia. One of those places is in the bush.

“I have no doubt that sooner or later some of these people in the bush that speak Bassa are going to be bilingual and speak another language, and the Gospel’s going to cross into another language group because they’ve been empowered,” Dean continued.

One of the greatest ways that we can serve bridge people, Dean said, is through prayer, encouragement, and continuing support and coaching as needed. Please take a moment to pray for Liberia, Solomon, and his people’s efforts to use Train & Multiply to spread the Gospel and start new worshiping groups.

For more information about Every Community for Christ and Train & Multiply, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/ecc.

By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern

Tags: liberia, bush, africa, ecc, t&m, training, evangelism, unreached,

Train and Multiply - The Method Explained

October 8 2015

by Aaron Taylor

During out last post we discussed what Train and Multiply (T&M) is, and how it can be dynamically used just about anywhere. Now let's take a deeper look at the heart of the method and discover what T&M actually does.

12 Multiplication Principles

All of the methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC) utilize 12 biblically-based multiplication principles.

  • Fervent Prayer
  • Abundant Gospel Sowing
  • Intentional Church Planting
  • Scriptural Authority
  • Equip Local Leadership
  • Mobilization of Lay Leaders
  • Cell Church, House Church, Village Church
  • Churches Planting Churches
  • Church Reproduction Without Delay
  • Healthy Churches
  • Immediate Incorporation of New Believers into the Life and Ministry of the Church
  • Active Training While in Ministry

While T&M ascribes to all of these principles, we find that the method is especially strong in the aspects of Gospel sowing, intentional church planting, equipping local leadership, on-the-job training, churches planting churches, and rapid church reproduction.

The Process

The process starts with a pastoral worker who finds a person who demonstrates hospitality and a willingness to hear a Gospel message. The pastoral worker shares the Good News with this person and their circle of influence.

Once this group gets a solid grasp of the Gospel and ministry of Jesus Christ, they learn from the pastoral worker how to do such things as pastoral care, baptism, and other on-the-job experiences. This type of hands-on training is what truly grows the leadership abilities of these new believers very quickly.

The new believers then continue to worship together and take responsibility for all of the functions of a house church. The pastoral worker encourages them and invites those whom God calls to become pastoral workers who will plant the next generation of churches.

The pastoral worker coaches these new pastoral workers to follow their example until they are fully trained and developing another generation of churches and leaders.

From here the cycle continues on and on, and the Church continues to grow. Thus,Train and Multiply has proven to be a substantial leadership development tool to expand the kingdom of God. This method, along with the grace of God, can take the Gospel to places it has never been before and reach millions of seeking souls that are hungry for God.

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trainandmultiply.com

onemissionsociety.org/ecc

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Train and Multiply - An Introduction

October 6 2015

by Aaron Taylor


Over the past two weeks we have discussed two different church planting methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC). This week we will look at the third and final process called Train and Multiply (T&M).

What is Train and Multiply?

Train and Multiply is a joint venture between Project WorldReach and One Mission Society that functions as a certifiable method of church planting and church multiplication. It was designed as a training method for potential Christian leaders to evangelize and broaden the reach of the church as a whole. T&M utilizes a unique approach to train leaders who will influence their culture and lead others to follow Jesus Christ.

How is it Used?

T&M has been translated into over 39 different languages (and counting), and thus can be used virtually anywhere. This method ascribes to the view that no one can influence a culture like those that are already members of it. T&M uses a simple, practical, reproducible leadership development process. The training materials use simple language and the illustrations reflect local dress and facial norms. The simplistic universality of T&M is what makes it such a powerful tool.

Later this week we will begin to dig into the specifics of the T&M curriculum, showing exactly how this method seeks to train leaders to influence their own culture.

For Additional Resources Visit:

trainandmultiply.com

onemissionsociety.org/ecc

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Young Adults are Our Future

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 churches.

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.

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Miracles Happen

May 21 2015

When we arrived at El Progreso Prison, we were met by the warden and a member of the Honduran Judiciary. She welcomed us and was very familiar with our local volunteers, Lilian and Annabella.

Lillian and Annabella were members of our classes for T&M Levels One and Two. The inmates were gathering in the Chapel to worship with us. We met with and had an opportunity to hear from the “Hijos de Paz.” These four men were on fire for God. Along with Lilian and Annabella, the attendance at the Bible studies was approaching 85 to 90 individuals and growing each week.

The service lasted for one-and-a-half hours as they expressed their thanks to God for providing a way of learning and coming to know Him. They related this to the lessons they had been studying; with many references to the first study, the story of Noah. They drew comparisons to the world in the days of Noah and how they were products of the present evil world. They spoke of the ark as a symbol of Jesus, and that just as the ark had saved and preserved the lives of Noah and his family, Jesus through His death on the cross had paid for their sins and lifted them up and preserved their lives for eternity.

We could truly see that God is directing what is happening, and that with the obedience the volunteers demonstrate, the program will continue growing.

We also learned that great things are happening outside the prison. The program has started in several neighborhoods and people are very interested in continuing the lessons. We heard about one man identified in the neighborhood mapping of Level One as a possible problem. The man had a drinking problem and mistreated his wife and children.

One of the volunteers stopped and spoke to the man one morning as he was sitting in front of his home. They discussed the lessons from Noah and lessons from the T&M booklets “Good News” and “Family Prayers.” He began to ask serious questions and after about two weeks, he invited his wife and one of his teenage daughters to join them as they discussed the material. The family noticed a change in the man, and soon they invited another daughter, and then a neighborhood friend to join them. This group which started almost reluctantly is now beginning to actively seek the Lord and His answers to their spiritual questions.

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

April 29 2015

Train & Multiply 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 slowly 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 slowly, 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 building relationships. 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: train & multiply, t&m, training leaders, teaching like jesus,

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,

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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