Since our start up this year for 2013 we have had a class on “The Foreigners Role in the Church in China” and “Cultivating Multi-Generational Leadership.” These classes have been very exciting – just ask any of the students. Something that might seem not so exciting would be an “Off Week.” That seems very anticlimactic. What would you do with that free time? Well, here at the OGTC we have a philosophy that ministry is more caught than taught. It is life on life discipleship. It’s how Christ did his training.
Yesterday was exactly that. Pastor Austin Gardner and a student from the OGTC went down to a city at the edge of Atlanta to start a new church. We didn’t have 200 people there, but neither will a missionary have 200 at the start of his church plant. Yet the lessons that were learned are invaluable:
– For the first few hours we passed out to a Bible study to be held at the house of a Christian couple who want to help start a new church in the area. Although we did not spend a lot of time in outreach (maybe two hours tops,) the lesson is still the same. Starting a church is a lot of work–meeting people in the community, getting out literature for the church, and a whole lot of shoe leather.
– After we ate diner we were able to survey the area to see the demographics, where the people were, what kind of spirit the people have, and if there are any open buildings. Surveying an area is crucial when starting a church, and yesterday we got to see a professional church-planter scope out an area.
– We were also able observe and learn from the service itself. Ask yourself these questions if you were going to start a church:
What would you teach if you were going to start a church?
- Would it be a salvation message?
- Would you lay out what the church is going to be like?
- Would you preach to your core group on their responsibilities?
- Would it be a topical message or an expositional message?
What would your order of Service look like?
- Would you have singing?
- How much singing?
- Would you give an offering?
If you were at the OGTC and had an “Off Week,” you would have an answer to all those questions.
The Our Generation Training Center is not your ordinary Bible college. It is our goal to have the best trained men who will have a toolbox full of sharpened and well-used tools, so when the time comes and they are on the mission field they will know exactly what to do. This job is way too important to send novices out; we need men and women who have prepared themselves to do the work to which God has called them.