It is not normal to get excited about more and more emails finding their way into my inbox, though lately that’s exactly what has been happening. The reason that it is exciting is that they are requests for information about how people can access our discipleship and leadership training. And it’s not only emails, but we’re hearing from people in person and through others who have shared their experiences by word of mouth and people are responding.
Both French and English, from within Québec and from other parts of Canada, people are wanting to grow and be equipped to lead people in the gospel! We have even had a chance to provide our French Leaders: Basic Course with a pastor in Algeria and a church planter in South Africa. Here are just a few places that we are starting to influence in Québec:
Through personal connections and through our website we have also heard from pastors and church planters across Canada who have not only expressed interest in being trained but also in learning how to offer a similar type of training within their own churches. This rapidly expanding opportunity to influence churches and leaders with our DNA and gospel leadership resources has led us to pursue an exciting new venture with the Acts 29 Network, a diverse, global family of church-planting churches. We are planning to add a significant component to our leadership development training and build a comprehensive academy that will serve the Canadian church well!
We are now in the early planning stages, but the basic idea is that we will offer both rigorous academic theological training and practical leadership development training in our Church 21 churches in Québec AND we’ll begin building training contexts in other churches throughout Québec and in other parts of Canada so they can benefit from the same offerings without having to relocate and leave their ministries. We believe this is going to present a tremendous potential for gospel growth within the church and we look forward to being able to share more details in the coming months!
In the mean time, it will encourage us greatly if you pray for this endeavour and if you want to invest in it, you can do so by clicking here.