The current generation of prospective church planters continues to rise up with eagerness! We have produced resources for evangelism and discipleship, seen churches planted and trained new leaders. We now hope to further inspire and prepare leaders to plant churches across France through a localized training program that identifies, equips, and sends.
We have an exciting new opportunity to host a nationally recognized regional church-planting training center over the next two-to-five years. Additional office space and meeting rooms are desperately needed for both trainers and interns arriving to work in the city. Your gifts will provide the seed money to set up a physical training center in a three-phase process : (1) Open the facility to the local community for outreach and early prayer gatherings, (2) Plant a local church that meets at the center and focuses on multiplication and sending, (3) House a regional/national, permanent church-planting training center. We are working closely with local partners which will enable us to welcome interns and students into various local church plants for hands-on experience paired with theological education and practical training, thus the need to rent and equip a space which can double as a church-plant and training center.
Throughout each phase, we will continue to host (and offer scholarships to) interns working alongside experienced church planters, while multiplying disciples locally and providing resources to young leaders throughout the country.
God is at work among all the peoples of France! One student began as a lay-leader in a church plant. He joined the church plant early in its formation and quickly jumped into helping facilitate home groups, formulating questions and sometimes leading the discussion. In time, he joined the preaching rotation after learning and practicing. Now receiving a scholarship for theological education, he came to us through a church-plant partner in central France. But his real passion is evangelism to metal-heads and he helps to lead a French ministry that makes resources for those in the world of heavy metal music. Every year, he attends the annual Hellfest festival in France to share the gospel with attendees. He hopes to further his theological education in order to better serve the local church plant (potentially leading out as it seeks to plant more churches) and evangelism needs of the metal ministry.
Recently, in central France, we had the opportunity to help train two church planters and two interns both in-person and via skype/zoom calls. Your gifts to this project also enabled one of our IMB team members to speak at a pastors’ school, training a group of more than 30 pastors on evangelism, and church-planting practices that are producing fruit in France.
In eastern France, working with a national partner, our team members have produced video training materials for lay leaders of reproducible small groups. Evangelism tools such as the 3 Circles
in French were also developed and have been taught to groups across the country. Lay leaders who have been trained in cell group leadership and evangelism in a church in eastern France (along with coaching) have seen three people come to faith in the past year. These new believers have joined a new Bible group that, we pray, will become a new church plant.
Finally, two lay leaders in a church in central France will be receiving scholarships to pursue seminary education before stepping into pastoral roles for second and third generation church plants. “Third generation church plant” means that a church plant planted a new church that, in turn, planted a new church, and so on. These men will potentially pastor the newest of the church plants.
Thank you for your generous support of church planting training in France and, now, a new church planting training center. God is doing a remarkable work in this nation and we value your partnership that blesses the work and encourages us as we pour our lives into sharing the gospel and raising up new disciples who will take the message of salvation through Jesus throughout France and to the ends of the earth!