Training (and re-training) has become a greater priority in NCEM.
Since 2008 the majority of our missionaries have attended one or more of the one-week sessions presented by Worldview Resource Group, a ministry assisting missions around the globe (www.wrg3.org). Course topics have included: Worldview, Animism, Chronological Bible Teaching, and Five-Stage Church Planting.
While the word “training” evokes images of classrooms and reading assignments, – and that is part of it – it’s really about people. It’s training our missionaries can use every time we spend time and communicate with someone.
Here are comments from our missionaries after attending WRG sessions:
“The (WRG) training has helped me realize the need to know our audience. Then we can appropriately address the person on deeper levels, addressing their views of God, the world, life, death, sin, etc. and bring them to face the flaws in their own worldview, in contrast to the truth of God in His Word.”
CAN YOU REPEAT THAT?
“Do I notice people repeating what I’ve told them? Unless what I teach is reproducible, it’s not effective. Stories are effective. Through Bible stories we can teach of creation, judgment, sacrifice and redemption.”
“Asking a person specific questions (as Jesus did), rather than just unloading information helps them think through concepts, and apply it. This has made a difference.”
“[The latest WRG session] amounted to what was perhaps the most unity-building gathering our Mission has experienced in the last two decades.”
ALL ABOUT PEOPLE
“We need to be intentionally relational in all we do. The first people we meet when arriving in a community may be the future believers and leaders in the church we believe will one day exist. It can make the difference between someone being attracted to the Gospel or rejecting it.”
“[The WRG training] is a re-enforcement of the Biblical principles of discipleship and evangelism. It is a way of allowing me to see more clearly the Biblical Worldview and how to present it to others in ways they will clearly understand.”
“It’s impacted the ways I present Christ to others … understanding how it is being heard. [It can be compared to] having the most powerful radio transmitter on the highest mountain … but if there are no receivers … it is for naught.”
“There have been situations where I’ve refrained from speaking from my line of thought and, instead, heard someone out more completely … People tend to open up a bit more and hold a more lengthy conversation.”
“Prov. 18:13 says: ‘He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him.’ I think too often we have been quick to ‘give the Gospel’ using cliches and words which people don’t understand. Thus we have built on faulty foundations.”
EVERY AREA OF LIFE
“Nothing in a person’s worldview exists in isolation. When people come to Christ, their whole belief system comes under scrutiny. God’s message will affect every area of one’s life. This is a weighty matter.”
THE RIGHT PICTURE?
“I’ve realized that animists have no problem including another deity into their already great plethora of spirit beings. As such, they will gladly raise their hand to accept Christ into their ‘need/fear-based’ religion. This is especially true if Jesus is presented as a ‘spiritual power broker.’ This gives the wrong picture of Christ.”