BACKGROUND TO AND-MISSION:
The word “apostle” means “one who is sent out.” The word “disciple” refers to someone who is a learner or follower. After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out to be His witnesses (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). They were then referred to as the twelve apostles. They were the 12 closest friends of Jesus. Apostle means that the person is a representative, ambassador or delegate of some mission.
The twelve apostles were ordinary men whom God used in an extraordinary manner. Among the twelve were fishermen, a tax collector, and a revolutionary. The Gospels record the constant failings, struggles, and doubts of these twelve men who followed Jesus Christ. After witnessing Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven, the Holy Spirit transformed the apostles into powerful men of God who turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).
These men became the pioneering leaders of the New Testament church, but they were not without faults and shortcomings. Interestingly, not one of the chosen 12 disciples was a scholar or highly educated. They had no extraordinary skills. Neither religious, nor refined, they were ordinary people, just like you and me.
But God chose them for a purpose—to fan the flames of the gospel that would spread across the face of the earth and continue to burn down through the centuries. He selected and used each of these regular guys to carry out his exceptional plan. We take a few moments now to learn a lesson or two from the 12 apostles—men who helped ignite the light of truth that still dwells within our hearts today and calls us to come and follow Jesus Christ. Christian leaders who follow this example can powerfully impact the entire church.
Major challenges facing the church and the church leaders that we want to address:
1. Emerging need to focus on the long-term development of disciples (spirituality or faith, financial stewardship, and ministry).
2. Decreasing visibility of the church and its congregation in the community
3. Reduced enthusiasm and vitality of worship service(s) when church leaders lack skills to connect with relevant local cultures
4. Technology is on increase and puts the church at risk when church leaders are not equipped to address technological needs of the church and its Christians
5. The devil has set poverty today as a tool to destroy God’s people so; church leaders need to be skilled to attack poverty from the very Christian point of view.
6. Churches are losing members to earthly adventures such as homosexuality, child sacrifice, theft, witchcraft, prostitution, conflicts etc. The devil is at work. How is the church prepared to take action against this?
7. Reducing congregations where numbers in the church are reducing day by day and church leaders are not equipped to address the challenge
8. Leadership, Governance and Management gaps limiting the church growth
One major research question remains unanswered: How do we address the issue of motivation in the church? How do we get pastors and other church leaders to take the actions that researches demonstrate works? Accurate information must marry motivation and action. Otherwise, fewer and fewer children of God will gather in our churches.
The purpose of the AND-Mission work for pastors is to provide focused training, opportunity for growth in service, and cultivation of godly character-all within the context and care of our local church. Over the past couple years we’ve regularly received inquiries from pastors interested in joining a locally managed pastoral training program of a kind. These conversations have always encouraged us.
As earlier mentioned, seminary/college training is valuable in many ways. But seminaries aren’t enough. When it comes to training pastors, the local church is essential. If we simply outsource pastoral training to the seminaries and colleges, pastors won’t be trained as they should.
AND-Mission is about Empowering Church Leaders and the church to be able to Influence People’s Lives; so, we empower Church leaders for Meaningful Ministry work, Church Building and Self Improvement
In area of Ministry work, we empower Church Leaders with knowledge and Biblically proven strategies. In the area of self improvement, we empower Church leaders with training, person-to-person support, and simple, time-proven tools that help you to succeed by being the quality leader that the church needs. In the area of Church Building we empower Church leaders by providing the keys to Church Management Development Systems and Church Strategic Planning.
We provide meaningful ministry experience. We expose pastors from the local church to experienced and long serving pastors from the globe. Serving under the oversight of experienced pastors builds wisdom, sharpens gifts, grows faith, and prepares men for greater responsibility.
Too many men enter their first pastorate with little or no experience. Imagine planning to preach 48 Sundays a year if you’ve only preached five sermons in your life. Imagine leading a church with all its various ministries when you’ve never been the primary leader of anything. We provide meaningful ways of regular service in which gifts, calling, and character can be observed, tested, and developed. We provide opportunities for meaningful ministry within your church.
Apostles Network Development Mission (AND-Mission) is a Church Leadership and Christian focused mission whose work is rooted in the Christian principles of Godliness, Faithfulness to holy scriptures, Integrity, Selfless service, Unconditional love, Unity in Christ, and Upholding Biblical Church Values. At Vision Resource Centre we uphold society values for all the people of God which include; Peace, Mercy, Caring, Respect, Justice and Responsible Stewardship of God’s creation.