October 1 2015
by Aaron Taylor
We've mentioned the Training for Trainers (T4T) method, but let's take a look at what this training method actually does.
12 Multiplication Principles
All of the methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC) utilize 12 biblically-based multiplication principles. The principles are:
- 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
Training for Trainers incorporates each principle to some extent, but its strongest points emphasize on-the-job training for church leadership, healthy churches, intentional church planting, and abundant Gospel sowing.
The T4T process begins with nine training sessions that prepare individuals to effectively evangelize and plant churches no matter their cultural context. T4T is a ministry process to help you position yourself to see the Spirit of God ignite a church planting movement. The T4T process contains all the elements to help you see a balanced and sustained movement emerge from the Spirit's empowerment.
T4T is similar to the other methods employed by ECC in that its goal is to train believers who can train others in a very simple yet effective method of evangelism and discipleship. The goal of the training is to establish rapidly reproducing churches and groups of disciples across relationship networks.
The difference occurs in the training. T4T aims to prepare church planters themselves to first discover why church planting is so important, then to set goals and utilize their personal testimony in bringing others to belief in Christ.
Each training session in T4T includes videos and additional resources to help prepare church planters for whatever questions or situations they may face. Therefore, if you feel highly called to plant churches, but don't know where to begin, Training for Trainers may be a good place to start!
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September 29 2015
by Aaron Taylor
Last week we dove into the first of three church planting processes promoted and used by Every Community for Christ (ECC), Village Church Planting (VCP). This week we will be taking a closer look at another one of the processes, titled Training for Trainers (T4T).
What is Training for Trainers?
Training for Trainers is a cooperative effort by David Garrison, the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, and Greater Europe Mission. Adapted from a training method developed by Ying Kai, T4T is now inspiring church planting movements all over the globe. Primarily used in Asia, T4T has seen Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and even secular communities come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
How is it used?
T4T, at its most basic level, is truly a method of training fishers of men. Ascribing to the belief that Jesus has already prepared the hearts and minds of those seeking him, T4T equips church planters with the tools needed to effectively change a culture and bring people to Christ. If you are a church planter who is seeking training that will bring momentum to your church plant, Training for Trainers is a great place to start.
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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
August 15 2013
CPM and Master Plans
We are nearing the end of the CPM workshop.
Jason (pictured on the left ), considering the context of his ministry, walking through his master plan. George (on the right) is thinking about how the T&M (Train and Multiply) material will fit into the context of his ministry.
Still others in the group are considering T4T (Training for Trainers) and the development of their master plans. Please pray for the completion of master plans and their successful implementation.
August 9 2013
What Is Your Process?
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Tim 2:2
ECC trains, facilitates and coaches on 3 church planting processes: Training for Trainers (T4T), Train and Multiply (T&M), and Village Church Planting (VCP). This week we will focus on 2 of those; T4T & T&M.
Bill Smith will train on T4T, a CM process that has seen tens of thousands of churches started and hundreds of thousands of people, who never know Jesus come to know Him, love Him and obey Him.
Jim Hogrefe, David Guillen and Dean Davis will be leading us through the T&M CM process which likewise has been used of God on 5 continents to start tens of thousands of worshiping groups.
Why T4T? - It weaves all of the aspects of church planting into one connected process that is obedience based and easy to pass on to others. In the T4T process, evangelism, follow up, discipleship, forming groups into churches, and training of trainers who will serve as biblical leaders for the new churches are integrated. The stress is placed on the training of trainers because the trainers pass along everything they know, while in some cases leaders seek to use what they know to reinforce the need for others to follow.
Why T&M? - Train and Multiply is a disciple making, leadership training, multiplication process that helps ordinary Christians win people to Christ, make disciples, and start new groups of Christ followers which can grow, be healthy and multiply. It is made up of 63 training booklets using a menu approach to help meet the needs of the church. Training pastoral workers and teaching them to obey the commands of Jesus is the key; God is at the heart and multiplication is the result.
We will challenge participants to select a process, put it in to their context and develop a master plan for implementation once they arrive or return to their area of ministry. Please pray for these groups of people to hear from the Lord about which process to use.
August 5 2013
CPM - Church Planting Movement
"Some of you are going to change big parts of the world in big ways. Some of you are going to change the lives of families and towns in big ways. All of you, if you will trust and obey the Lord, will be used of God to bring glory to his name, to bring salvation to his people and to manifest His kingdom on earth."
“A Church-Planting Movement is a rapid and exponential increase of indigenous churches planting churches within a given people group or population segment.” (David Garrison)
There are three key components to this definition. The first is rapid. As a movement, a CPM occurs with rapid increases in new church starts. Saturation church planting over decades and even centuries is good, but does not qualify as a Church Planting Movement.
Secondly, there is an exponential increase. This means that the increase in churches is not simply incremental growth—adding a few churches every year or so. Instead, it compounds exponentially—two churches become four, four churches become 16 and so forth. Exponential multiplication is only possible when new churches are being started by the churches themselves–rather than by professional church planters or missionaries.
Finally, they are indigenous. This means they are generated from within rather than from without. This is not to say that the gospel is able to spring up intuitively within a people group. The gospel always enters a people group from the outside; this is the task of the missionary or church planter. However, in a Church Planting Movement the momentum quickly becomes indigenous so that the initiative and drive of the movement comes from within the people group rather than from outsiders.
For clarification, we should also consider what a CPM is not. A CPM is not simply an increase in the number of churches, though this is a commendable occurrence. The key distinction is when the vision of churches planting churches spreads from the missionary and from the professional church planter to the churches themselves so that they have it in their very nature that they should be winning the lost and reproducing themselves.
Churches planting churches, one group giving birth to another group. This is the DNA that will drive a CPM. We come together from across the country and around the globe to learn more about CPM's. We will look into the process of Train & Multiply (T&M) and Training for Trainers (T4T). As we consider our context, we expect God to reveal His plans for us to implement. Praise the Lord for our time together. We look forward to see how God will work during these two weeks.
July 15 2013
In March we reported on the new partnership formed between OMS and Friendship Pentecostal Church with the objective of planting churches in Arad County in Romania. To gain first-hand insight into developments, in late June Myles MacBean returned to Carand in western Transylvania to meet with Daniel and Danny Ispas, the father/son pastor team driving the work in the region.
Myles writes, “We had kept in touch via regular emails and Skype calls over the months but nothing beats being together face-to-face if you are to get a true feel for the spiritual health of a community. I must say that this trip was one of contrasts, the first contrast being the weather. The last time we were together in Romania snow was thick on the ground. This time temperatures touched 37 Celsius, and keeping cool was a priority. The second contrast was in material wealth.
As we spent more time with the people of Carand, we found many struggling all day to find the basic necessities of life. In contrast, just over the hill, we found wealthy Romanians enjoying their leisure in an alpine beauty spot. The third, and greatest, contrast was the universal one of where people placed their faith.
While material despair is driving so many of their neighbours to the false hope of alcohol and drugs, I witnessed a wonderful Godly joy in the lives of the faithful believers. Time after time as we visited the houses, I was humbled by the Christ-like way people give so much in hospitality and love to all who cross their threshold.
“It was also great to see the progress Daniel and Danny have made in implementing the T4T model of the ECC ministry of OMS. The weekend before I visited, Daniel had the privilege of baptising seven new Christians – male and female, young and old, Romanian and Gypsy. The excitement in Daniel and Danny was palpable as they reported that this meant they had been able to establish their first fresh new T4T team in Carand and had every hope of a similar group starting imminently in the Gypsy church in the next village.
“Once again I came back from my trip having learned so much from the sheer spiritual grace of my Romanian brothers and sisters, and from the hunger of Daniel and Danny to see the kingdom grow in Romania. God has certainly lit a spark of light in one small corner of Transylvania. With Daniel and Danny’s infectious confidence in the Lord and love for the lost, who can help but pray that God will fan that little flame into a spiritual storm.”
Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?