The Mature Church Quest
Yesterday, we talked about Pastor Tomal from Bangladesh. FMI’s Bruce Allen says Tomal is strategically shepherding his congregation to maturity as an FMI-supported pastor.
“He’s working with all 20 of his church members to train all of them in evangelism. Then he takes them out a few at a time with him as he’s doing pioneer evangelism. He says, ‘This way, I get to observe them; I get to help them.’ He really leads by example,” Allen explains.
By this discipleship, Pastor Tomal is instructing his congregation how one can share the Gospel and make God’s Phrase regionally identified. They’re studying how one can not solely persevere of their religion however multiply it in others.
Allen says Pastor Tomal has understood and put into motion 2 Timothy 2:2 — to disciple the present era and to lift up the longer term era of devoted believers.
Pastor Tomal additionally financially invests in his church members. He has bought sheep for the congregation to promote their milk and lambs. With the income, he’s instructing them about beneficiant giving and what it seems to be wish to faithfully assist and strengthen the native Church. This helps his congregation assist themselves whereas, as a Church, additionally achieve independence from outdoors monetary assist.
“It is crucial in the life of these churches and I’m grateful that someone like Tomal is teaching the congregations, at the earliest stages of their own infancy, what generosity looks like and why it’s important so that the Church can mature,” Allen says.
“Jesus told his disciples, ‘Freely you’ve received, so freely give.’ If we are not growing in our ability to give, we’re not growing in our Christ’s likeness. So that’s a major lesson for congregations to learn whether you’re in Bangladesh, Australia, Peru, or the US.”
Pray for the work of Pastor Tomal and his congregation. Ask God to information and bless this congregation. Additionally, pray for the opposite FMI-supported pastors and church planters in Bangladesh. Pray for his or her perseverance, encouragement, and creativity in ministry.
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