I am continually amazed by the power of celebration – it helps us to stop and look at what has been accomplished and to pull people together to inspire greater future efforts. Our celebratory events have given us a chance to have fun together; allowing us to interact more deeply and make better connections, consequently building stronger teams and creating real bonds of common purpose . Bible school graduation, Women of the Word lunch and our various Pastorate celebrations were just these kinds of celebratory times.
Year of Your Life 2013 celebration
Year of Your Life 2013 at the celebratory lunch
Forest Hill and Woolsack Residence Connect group leaders have a special tea
I want to also thank those that partner with us as a family in support and prayer for the vital part they play in making it possible for us to reach and impact these young people. It has been a wonderful time of connecting with various partners over this last month; sharing what God has done on the ‘Campus’ mission field. It has in turn been inspiring to hear what God is doing in their mission fields and families. We celebrate you and the role you play in our lives and the lives of the young people who are impacted!
Our desire as a ministry is to see every believer being a minister (for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:12). We want them to live out the ‘Great commission’, to make disciples (by reaching the lost and teaching them to be committed followers of Christ) of all nations! In the second half of the year we increase our focus on establishing and capacitating people to fulfil the ‘Great commission’, because of the nature of the University Campus calendar. We do this by equipping believers in the basic skills required to disciple others and lead small groups of people, where ever they are.
We labour to establish people in the early phases of their Christian faith, encouraging them to be surrendered and committed to Christ and live Ephesians 4:12. We provide ministry, preparation and training to equip believers in their knowledge of God and their ministry to others. We run short trainings to equip believers by ministering and teaching those that desire to grow. In addition to the foundations of the Christian faith, we have a Bible School and this year we graduated students from both 1st and 2nd year. We had 124 people learn to use discipleship tools to grow closer to God in many facets of their character; to see how they can experience the miracle of transformation through the Word of God (‘Men and Women of the Word’ courses). We also train all our small group (connect groups) and area leaders (overseers of many connect groups) to be more effective disciple makers and leaders. It is always one of my greatest joys to be part of the teams that labour (minister, train, lead and teach) so Christ is formed in people.
Bible School graduation 2013
‘Men of the Word’ (2nd semester group) is a course to help with the discipleship tools needed to develop Christian character
‘Women of the Word’ (one of the three 2nd semester groups) is a course to help with the discipleship tools needed to develop Christian character
The newly trained 2014 Tugwell Hall Connect group leaders
Following on from this we had a really great planning time at the end of the year to reassess and improve the growth path we have so we can better help believers make disciples in 2014!
The Baxter team at the 2014 planning time
Jason, Andre and myself will be looking at our 3 different phases of training to improve how we labour to see Christ formed in people