OF NEW CHURCH
Copyright © 2003 by Galen Currah and
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I left you on the
island of Crete so you
could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as
I instructed you. Titus 1:5 NLT
Paul left Titus in Crete to "coordinate" the new
church work by appointing elders in each town and instructing
them in faith, conduct and responsibilities. Paul did the same
during earlier church planting trips (Acts 14:23). In both cases
the churches had been planted before elders were appointed, and
were functioning as the Body of Christ, although immaturely.
Whether you are the coordinator for such church planting for
your region or you mentor such coordinators, you should know the
essential tasks of a regional coordinator for new church work. He
plans for the churches to do what the New Testament requires of a
church, and ensures that they get done. The coordinator's duties
include the following:
One easy way to mentor new leaders is to use a
"menu" to select topics, activities or materials to fulfill what a new
church is still lacking. For menu-driven materials we recommend:
- Research who and where are the neglected people groups in
your region, and make plans for church planters to enter every one of
- Build up new church leaders by mentoring them, helping them
to understand and obey the instructions of the Lord and his apostles.
- For new leaders of new churches, or any church that wants
to train new leaders rapidly: Pastor's Storybook (one book, free--an
easy 'start up' program). http://www.Paul-Timothy.net.
- For widespread church multiplication:
Train&Multiply® (65 pocket-sized books): http://www.TrainAndMultiply.com
- For a broad scope of training tools on all levels:
Paul-Timothy Menu: http://www.Paul-Timothy.net.
- For mentoring or coaching to help you implement any of
these programs, contact Galen Currah, Galen@Currah.com.
If he is too busy, he will put you in contact with another mentor in
In parts on northern India, regional
coordinators are very busy men who, in addition to mentoring new
leaders, lead training seminars for them twice a month. That is because
there are so many new churches being planted, an average of one a day
in many regions.
- Demonstrating the skills and conduct that the new leaders
- Develop their churches by planning with the new leaders to
introduce all the ministries required by the New Testament.
- Plan with church planters, leaders, elders and regional
coordinators, the specific steps they will take so that their churches
reproduce by winning new believers and preparing new pastoral leaders
to serve them.
- God seems to be pleased to add to his church increasing
numbers of believers wherever we, his servants, lay plans by faith to
empower churches and leaders to multiply.
- Help these pastoral leaders to identify and mentor
apprentices who lead new churches.
- Provide training materials that are geared to mobilizing
new leaders of new churches. Keep supplies of training materials
available to all participants in the mentoring chains throughout your
region. This may require recruiting helpers.
- Because of the rapidly growing number of churches in many
fields where workers follow these New Testament guidelines, the task of
procuring, copying, stocking, and distributing training materials to
leaders who mentor others soon becomes an immense challenge.
- Arrange occasional training seminars for leaders and
elders, to supplement the mentoring chains and to build a sense of
joyful unity among the older and newer leaders.
Our prayer is that you will give all needed diligence to
implement these duties of regional coordinators, either by being
one or assisting one or more.
Available materials that facilitate the raising up of
leaders by mentoring them:
Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hindi).
Fast-paced story of a new church led by a novice shepherd who
find help from Bible stories. Some versions include an index of
Bible stories. Evangelism, 8 units, commands of Jesus, 7 units,
New Testament ministries, 14 units. Visit <http://www.Paul-Timothy.net>.
Menu" 100+ lesson outlines
with a menu.
Free. English only. Visit <http://www.Paul-Timothy.net>.
and Multiply® a menu of training lessons with 62 well-proven
Many languages. For explanations and licensure, visit <http://www.TrainAndMultiply.com>.
Us Disciple the
Nations" a past-paced,
electronic novel on CD-ROM, suitable for private study or as a
course textbook. Downloads, discs, and instructors guide
available from <http://www.AcquireWisdom.com>.
To view or obtain many other
resources from George Patterson and others, visit <http://www.MentorAndMultiply.com>.