I decided to create some videos to help orient people to Training Leaders International, share why I'm partnering with them, and tell some stories from past trips. My goal in this is to show, rather than just tell, why I'm taking trips to train pastors around the world. You can find out more by visiting my support page, and you can check out some info on my next trip to Mongolia in Feb 2019. You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel to get updates when new videos are posted.
Yesterday, I wrote on Jesus' plan to reach the world and argued briefly that the primary way that Christ continued his work is through the church and most of his ministry was devoted to training men to care for the church and train leaders for the church. In other words, Christ trained men to care for and equip the local church and their training was a model that could be (and was) reproduced within the church as a means of growth. As leaders care for the church well and equip the saints (Eph 4:11-12), the gospel spreads. As the gospel spreads, more churches are planted and grow. As that happens, more leaders are necessary to equip those churches and the way those leaders are trained is through the local church and in particular, pastors who have been trained (2 Tim 2:2). I suggested that we can have a tremendous impact through intentionally investing in developing, training, and equipping leaders both at home in our local churches and abroad. I also mentioned that the American church has two particular strengths and suggested that as we think about missions, we need to play to our strengths. So what are these strengths?
Think of the way that Jesus planned to impact the world after he accomplished his work. It's incredibly simple, and he devoted his whole ministry to it. The way Jesus planned to keep the work going is through specific, called men that he spent years equipping and preparing. That is amazing to me. Jesus spent time with his disciples, preparing them to be able to carry on his work once he eventually left earth to be with the Father. It wasn't trendy or super creative. It was simple and was able to be replicated. Train men to care for the people. Train men to train men. Equip pastors who can equip the saints. I would suggest that nothing has changed. That is still the plan. The question is what does that look like today?
This week, I am focusing on some Black Friday deals I found. Enjoy.
About 3 years ago, I stumbled upon this really neat YouTube channel called "Smarter Every Day". The creator, Destin, is an engineer who posts videos about various topics and explains the science behind things you have always wondered about. In the first video I saw, he made a bicycle with a gear so that when the handlebar moved right, it turned the wheel of the bike left. In the video, he showed how difficult it was to re-train his brain because the neural pathways had been developed over years where this simple adjustment to the mechanical function of the bike caused significant problems in being able to ride it. It took him months to be able to ride the bike. Then he had his son try it, and he learned significantly quicker because his brain was more elastic and those pathways were not as developed. Amazing.
Tim Challies was recently in China and met a Christian pastor on a train to interview him. The pastor's face was not shown and his voice was changed to protect him and during the interview he said something interesting.
Jon is husband to Carlee, Papa to Finleigh and Ainsley, a pastor at Arbor Drive Community Church in York, Ne, and co-host of The Pastor Discussions Podcast