Borrow a pastor
This is a blog from a friend of Mahabba Network. Names and details have been deliberately removed to protect the identity of those involved, but praise God - he is working in the lives of Muslims to reveal Jesus!
Can we borrow another pastor?
“What will we do now that the pastor has moved on?”
This was not a worried congregation but rather some church members who had boarded the roller coaster of befriending Iranian asylum seekers.
The pastor had pitched in by leading a private Bible study for them, but he was moving away.
“Can we borrow another pastor?”
…was one question that was asked.
We found another solution.
With a little coaching, the ladies started using Come Follow Me.
The participants work through the lesson on their own in English, Farsi or Arabic and then once a week they all come together to discuss, share and pray for each other.
The material does not take them off into theological puzzles or doctrinal disputes but focusses on living as followers of Christ.
If we go back to the Great Commission we find that Jesus himself put the emphasis on teaching people to obey all that he had commanded – most of which was the stuff of living.
So they started.
A retired office worker and a lady who irons clothes for a living were engaged in cross cultural discipleship.
We are all familiar with the cry that the labourers are few (Matthew 9:36-38).
Oh, how we would love to see an army of multi-lingual, highly trained, specialist workers of proven experience turning up on our doorsteps asking what we have for them to do.
The people Jesus called that day to pray for labourers became the labourers.
The truth is that for the most part we do not need more bodies, but we need the bodies we already have to be equipped and to discover that they can do the work.
Come Follow Me is a wonderful piece of kit which enables non-experts to engage with confidence in helping new believers grow in Christ.
The next training day is in Wakefield, Yorkshire, 27 October. Maybe request one near you?
Come Follow Me training day
Saturday 27 October
For full details, contact Flora
Monday 1 December
For full details, contact Gillie