There is less than a month left to go in our inaugural church planting school cohort in Cebu, Philippines, and all our students are excited about graduating and putting everything they have learnt into practise!
They have had the opportunity to learn under a few different facilitators, from Bible School graduates to pioneering church planters who have recently been through what they are about to experience. Everyone has brought something new to the table and just the wide spectrum of knowledge as been motivating, eye opening and encouraging for this cohort.
One of the lessons that has left an indelible mark is FGA’s Senior Pastor Rhordan Wicks and his instructions on how to design and deliver a sermon. The students, on their own initiative, have taken it upon themselves to deliver a sermon to their classmates every other week, to practise the methods taught and to get used to speaking compellingly and confidently in front of an audience.
The students go out for street evangelism twice or three times a week, to both train their skills in communicating the gospel and to make disciples. The place of choice is Fuente Park, where students, working adults and couples gather after work to spend time relaxing before heading home. At this unassuming park in one of Cebu Cities main thoroughfares, more than 80 people have been reached for Christ by our teams. They recently held an informal life group/ bible study at the park, and some of the people they met earlier, attended, which encouraged the team greatly.
So far, the students have been taught practical ways to come up with the strategic church planting plan, which is their key assignment for this school. Lessons in theology of missions, evangelism, poverty and leadership and living by faith have been some topics that have been covered so far. In the few remaining weeks, they will have some training in mentoring, recruiting volunteers and using social media safely and effectively.
As they come to the end of the ten weeks of training, let’s continue to pray for them and encourage them in their mission. Some of these students have sacrificed much to be at the Church Planting School, and they need our prayers. We are so blessed to have met these servants of God and it has been a privilege walking this journey with them.