Training, Sending, and Supporting Young People
We have the privilege of helping answer questions from many people who feel called into ministry either to serve orphans, pastor a church, do missions or serve in another capacity within a Christian ministry. Thousands of people come to our blogs each month–we believe sent by God–to find answers. God is using the years of experience he has given us in Christian ministry to help others whom he is calling to serve him as well. We are really excited about that!
Identifying, Equipping, Sending, and Supporting
In line with this, the calling we believe God has given our ministry is unique and exciting. Instead of trying to grow the size of our ministry, we believe God has called us to develop young leaders. Our focus is to identify, train, send, and support young leaders who have a calling in missions, pastoring, orphan care and poverty alleviation, or another Christian ministry area so that they can go and serve God wherever he is calling them.
This point is worth emphasizing: We are excited that our focus is to identify, disciple, train, send, and support young people. Send them where? Wherever God wants them to go. We don’t tell them where to go or ask them to serve as part of our organization. Our call is to invest in them, help them become mature competent leaders who know how to hear God well and serve him with excellence. Then they can go wherever God leads them. Our desire is to support and pray for them as a family when that happens.
The goal is to use our years of experience in Christian ministry to help others serve God better so that together we can raise the standards of Christian ministry effectiveness. The picture God has given us is to let others stand on our shoulders so that they can see farther and do more that we have been able to do. That will glorify God!
We believe God’s people are like diamonds in the rough that need someone to polish them so they can shine brighter and brighter. They are good seeds that need to be planted into a good soil where they can take root, grow, bloom, and bear fruit; where someone can water them and prune them so that they can bear more fruit. God uses other Christians to water and prune others. That is how he has always done it in the Bible and outside the Bible. And that’s how he does it today.
If you believe God is calling you to Christian ministry and you would like to get training, please apply for admission through Austin Bible Institute. This school offers scholarships to make training affordable to all students regardless of their ability to pay. If you know someone else who is called to serve God who might benefit from training, please pass on this information to them.