Prayer is essential to evangelism. So is provision. If the goal is transformation then prayer must be strategic and evangelism must be understood to mean: making disciples. For too long evangelism has meant making converts (see Evangelism Is).
For our church planting effort (see this post) to reach its potential, specific prayers need to be offered. Here are some prayer points:
- Wisdom in planning – we don’t have all the answers!
- Correctly identifying planting places and personnel
- Correctly identifying churches to plant churches
- Aligning ‘partner churches’
- Teaching and training the planters and pastors
- Funding for the whole church planting drive
From the list above, some further specifics can be identified. First, the identification process will begin at the end of this month. We will have a seminar with the pastors which will outline the general effort. That seminar will also be the beginning of the identification process. Indentification will mean determining who has a leader ready (and capable) for a church plant. Every leader with a desire isn’t necessarily ready or capable. Identification also means designating “Mother” churches. These churches will take the lead in a specific church plant. Other churches will need to join in that process as partners. All these roles need to be identified, explained, and assigned.
Our teams for 2015 need to be staffed. Prayer for short term missionaries is definitely in order. Many are on board already, but more are needed. In case you haven’t seen it coming, all our Pastor School locations will move in this direction. The group in Barahona is just the first one to reach this point. For the Gospel to transform any culture disciples have to be made. That is best done (God’s design tool!) by healthy churches.
Earlier I mentioned the need to partner and align the Dominican churches. There is more to it than that. This effort will place an even greater demand on this ministry for funding. However, that’s just part of it. When we return at the end of the year, we will be asking churches, classes, study groups, and individuals to take advantage of the opportunity to partner in planting. This is a strategic point of prayer. God has blessings awaiting the people and groups that help further Kingdom work. We just need to find them!
Christmas is the original mission story. Don’t think so? Think of Christmas this way:
Holiness came to sinfulness and said, “I Love You”
That’s the best mission ever! As you celebrate the mission story that is Christmas, please plan to include this ministry/planting effort in your giving.
Soli Deo Gloria!