Should We Focus on a Movement—Or Transformation?

One major goal of Leadership Resources’ training in biblical exposition is to launch indigenous-led movements of God’s Word in the countries where we work. By God’s grace, we have seen movements spring up in many countries where we work. But should a movement be the main focus of our work, or is there a more fundamental focus we should start with?

Doug Dunton recently asked an Ethiopian Mentor Trainer named Alex if he focused on a movement. We loved his answer so much we shared it below.


My focus is the true transformation in individuals. My desire is to see people experience the riches of God’s Word. The Spirit that is released as they are faithful when they dig into God’s Word. That is my desire–to see pastors, teachers who are being faithful to the Word of God. For nurturing their lives, and at the same time, building up the church. That’s the conviction.

This training changed my perspective of seeing God’s Word, studying God’s Word, and passing it on to others. This precious Word. The change is very personal. The training is very personal. If it changed me, if it really convicted me that I’m loosely handling God’s Word for my life and for my ministry, there are also other people who are easily distracted by a lot of eloquent speakers. They can copy many different sources, but that doesn’t give life. That is the major thing I’ve experienced in my life. This training leads me to focus on the Bible text.

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Pastors’ Confidence in God’s Word is Growing in Ukraine

Dear Friends and Partners,

Is it possible for the gospel to advance in Ukraine when a smoldering civil war keeps erupting?

Yes! Yes! Yes! One of our three trainings in Ukraine takes place at a Baptist seminary in L’Viv. Four years ago, the seminary contemplated closing its doors with only forty students enrolled. Today, this seminary is bursting at the seams with 400 students—10x’s growth in only four years!

God is also using TNT training to strengthen the Ukrainian church. One of our Mentor Trainers, Bova, told LRI staff, “You are such a refreshment because you are so confident in God’s Word. The joy and liveliness you bring is great. I want to be just like you.”

Confidence in God’s Word is contagious. Ukrainian pastors’ confidence in God’s Word is growing, propelling them to train others. Here are three quick glimpses:

  • Pastor Andre

    Andre has trained his church’s preachers and Sunday school teachers in Jonah and 2 Timothy. The challenge of aligning schedules means he trains multiple groups of two or three, but Andre sees it as a benefit and opportunity to go deeper. “They’re changing,” Andre said. “They see the Scriptures differently.”

  • Pastor Albert trains a group of five men who collectively shared our Genesis training with a youth camp. His trainees (affectionately called his “Timothys”) are sharing the training at other youth camps as well. “People are tired of experts,” Albert remarked, “but the biggest expert is the Bible—and that is what we want to teach.”
  • Pastor Albert

    Another pastor in our Poltava group replicated our training in Jonah at his church’s three-day retreat.

Confidence in God’s Word is growing! God is using TNT training to strengthen pastors and churches in Ukraine. These three men are a microcosm of LRI’s vision: seeing the Word of God flow powerfully through every church to every nation!

Would you pray with us for the Ukrainian church’s confidence in God and His Word to grow and for the gospel to spread?

Thank you for your prayers and support. None of this would be possible without you.

With gratitude,

Craig Parro

President

PS: Our work in Eastern Europe is new. In addition to three groups in Ukraine, we also equip pastors in Bulgaria and Serbia. Such a strategic part of the world, with much need. We don’t have enough partners to continue and expand the work. Would you please consider a gift today to support Movements of the Word throughout Europe? Thank you!

 

     

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