Everyone has issues that they care about. There are many global issues – social, economic, political or environmental – that could be of concern. Some are more important than others. For some we may chose a side; for others we just stay silent. Yet, for some we may take a stance, voice our position, or perhaps even take action
As missionaries, we have one main issue of eternal consequence! Our primary concern should align with the heart and mission of God. We must be committed to reaching all people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Rev. 7:9 ESV). AGWM’s comprehensive plan for accomplishing this task involves reaching, planting, training and serving:
- We reach the lost with the message of Jesus.
- We plant churches to nurture spiritual growth and maturity.
- We train leaders that will reach and train others.
- We serve others as we reveal the love and compassion of Christ to the lost.
Fittingly, our missiology affirms that by nature of being a missionary, each of us will be involved in teaching, mentoring, discipleship and ministerial training and development. Essentially, we are all advocates for education and training!
An advocate is “a person who speaks or writes in support of something; a person who upholds or defends a cause; a supporter”. It has also been defined as “a person who speaks or writes in support of something; a person who is in favor of something” . Advocacy takes place when someone wants to effect positive change for a cause the they care about. It can range from one person advocating for another person’s needs to an entire organization advocating for the needs of an entire community.
Each of us have opportunities to promote and support training in our ministry context. Whether it’s teaching a workshop or a Bible School course, mentoring potential leaders or discipling new believers; we all have occasions that God gives us to communicate and demonstrate our commitment to training others.
Next week, on May 30that 10:00 AM Central Time, ACLAME will be hosting our next webinar: Missionaries as advocates for education and training. I will be facilitating a discussion on practical ways to effectively promote and support training. Please set aside the time to connect and participate with your fellow colleagues, as we discuss and share our experiences.