The Church Planter's Program

THE CHURCH PLANTING AND TRAINING PROGRAM:

The essence of the training is to build national church planters to plant churches as Jesus Christ commanded us to go, preach and make disciples of all nations. The training adopts a Modular (5 Modules) system offering a contextual and practical skill transfer on to the church planters providing opportunities to empower churches evangelize and counter non-biblical churches and groups. The alternative training program is sought because education of the church planters is expensive and churches don’t have adequate resources to address the needs. Hence, the alternative program, apart from helping churches focus on church planting has increased the native missionaries and cross-cultural missionaries to work beyond African boundaries. The program approach has also fostered unity among denominations and focused on the kingdom.

Since its inception in December 2014, 61 potential church planters have graduated from the program, 250 are being trained, 87 churches have been planted, and over 165 small groups are running across the country.

Vision:

The overall vision in this initiative is to produce “A LIVING CHURCH IN EVERY COMMUNITY, PLANTED BY ORDINARY BELIEVERS WHO ARE EQUIPPED WITH PRACTICAL SKILLS AND TOOLS”.

A Living Church in every community planted by ordinary believers implies churches planted by mature and committed indigenous/local believers from a specific people group who have a burden to evangelize and disciple their own communities.

Goal:

The goal in the Church Planting and Training Initiative is to establish a rapid increase of indigenous Churches among unreached people groups that will be capable of sustaining evangelization and discipleship of their own communities. The initiative is coordinated and run by trained local Church believers within a specific people group.

In the current program, ordinary, mature believers, native of a typical community/tribe, will be equipped with good knowledge of the Bible, trained on practical skills are envisaged for Church Planting and training to plant a living Church in every community in Africa

Theme:

To empower Churches in our Region with Practical Church Planting skills and other resources to establish in every community reproducible and sustainable indigenous churches through Church planting as the most appropriate method of evangelism to unreached communities.

Obligation of the Program:

  • To provide a one year-and-Eight month Module-based practical skills training to mature Church planters and support Church planting initiatives across the EA and Horn of Africa Region.
  • To provide and equip Church Planters with Tool kits (Scriptures and other relevant resource materials) to practically plant new Churches
  • To provide support to Church planters/ reinforce the mission work through considering the supply of some essential requirements either materially and/or morally.

Objective of the Program

The main objective of this project is to train Church planters (Ordinary believers) in Uganda in a 5 module practical holistic development training program for 18 months to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, conduct adult and children’s cells/home groups, plant new churches in communities, bring about spiritual transformation and create a legacy of peace in communities and nations.

Process of the Church Planting and Training program

(a)  Mobilize and sharing the vision with national and local churches across all denominations. Share with the leadership what we offer, schedules, our obligations and commitment and help them understand their obligations and responsibilities.

(b)  Work with grassroots partners to identify unreached people groups and recruit Church planters through the sending churches, with help of guidelines jointly produced by Churches and partners.

(c)   Design and develop appropriate training, coaching, follow-up, visitation, management, reporting systems to measure success.

(d)  Provide plat form for continuous education, resourcing, networking and multiplication in the initiative.

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Mercy Link Foundation Africa is a mission faith based organization registered under the National NGO Board Registration number S.5914/10122