20 Priorities for 2020 | #3 : Train More Local Church Planters
So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily
– Acts 16:5
After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples
– Acts 18:23
Training and equipping local church planters to go and make disciples and multiply the church is a key to advancing the gospel into new people groups. We have a variety of trainings and programs planned to introduce local believers to the basic principles of church planting, assisting them to become local church planters. In addition to this we provide upskilling and further training to local church planters to inspire and encourage them in the difficult work of church planting.
The results of these trainings are quite encouraging. Recently, after hosting a one-day seminar on local church planting to a small group of about twenty-five believers, they went and applied what they learned during the next week in a totally new area for them. In the following weeks three simple house churches were started as well as a children’s program. A community previously with no church now has a church. We believe these churches will flourish as we continue to train the local church planters and walk alongside them.
Ben is based in South East Asia and is the Field Strategy Director for WO overseeing the formulation and implementation of sound strategy through the organisation. He is particularly passionate about seeing communities of believers established and multiplying among people groups that have never had access to the gospel.