The more I look at biblical examples of ministry, the more I see a simple yet profoundly flexible grassroots approach to ministry that compels me to focus on things that really matter.

PRAY

All great people of God pray. If God is the one who changes hearts and communities, then asking God to help in missions is our utmost priority. We should bathe ministry in prayer. Let’s take every opportunity to pray for individuals and intercede for communities because prayer unleashes God’s power. It also moves lost people and God’s mission from our mind into our heart. 

CONNECT

God is a relational God, and so ministry works through relationships. Mobilising near-culture believers to go and connect with unreached people is key. Face-to-face contact builds relationship, and living amongst the communities we are trying to reach maximizes this. Our daily life can shine Christ through word and action. 

SHARE 

Jesus is the only hope for a broken and lost world. It’s clear that people must know of Jesus and what He has done for them to be saved (Acts 4:12). While our mission should seek to be holistic, we mustn’t forget to actually share the gospel. We share, and God transforms. So, let’s do our best to train and mobilise local believers to share the gospel amongst their own people and beyond, in ways that lead to multiplication. No fancy programmes—just wide sowing amongst remaining people groups in a way they understand.

TRAIN

Jesus commanded us to make disciples defined by active obedience (Matt. 28:18–20). As God’s Word is the primary way God reveals Himself and His purpose for us, all discipleship efforts should centre around the Bible. Believers need the opportunity to listen, discuss and understand God’s Word, and a way to respond with accountability. This helps move God’s word from the pages in our Bibles, to our heads, hearts and hands. The idea is not to teach new believers everything they need to know, but rather obedience to what they know. I believe the Discovery Bible Study (DBS) approach is effective, adaptable and flexible enough to suit most groups and cultures. It’s also easily reproducible leading to multiplication, because everyone can be commissioned and mobilised to minister. Our aim should be to train and mobilise Spirit-filled disciples motivated by love and equipped with the necessary skills. 

GATHER

I’ve learnt that gathering believers is key because communities are rarely transformed by an individual, and individuals struggle to shine without fellowship. Allow the Bible to define ‘church’ (Acts 2), and work to keep it indigenous, and locally ‘owned and operated.’ Where there are no believers, starting with a household of peace can be a bridge into the community. If they believe, these households already have numbers, influence and a place to gather for regular fellowship and discipleship, and therefore can quickly and naturally become Jesus’ communities.1 Our aim is to create loving vibrant communities with local leadership who gather to worship, pray, train, celebrate the Lord’s Supper and practice baptism, in order to obediently give, serve, and tell, so they will multiply and impact! Let’s build and help these communities be all they were made to be, and do all they were created for. 

MULTIPLY

As a leader and follower I see that, without committed local leadership, the church will simply not fulfil God’s purpose and multiply. Let’s work to raise faithful leaders with God’s vision and heart who are rooted in His Word. Let’s spend extra time to help them understand key truths, and to pass on the authority given to us.2 God will provide the leaders, but we need to be prepared to walk with them.

Ben serves in South Asia along with his wife and five children. He has a passion for evangelism and discipleship and enjoys sport, riding motorbikes, trekking in the mountains and working with his hands. He also loves to spend time with his family and reading to build his faith. 

1. See Luke 10:5–9, Cornelius – Acts 10:24, 33, Lydia – Acts 16:13–15, Jailer – Acts 16:33–34, Crispus – Acts 18:7–8.  

2. Matt. 28:18-20, 2 Tim. 2:2.

Share this Resource

Leave a Reply

You might also like:

Video Editor – part-time International    Go & Live    September 2022Play a vital part in creating powerful videos or animations, which help OM teams share God's love with the least reached around the world!
Full Details
Software engineer International    Go & Live    September 2022MediaWorks is looking for a Software Engineer to work on a headless CMS that enables ministries to share media with each other and quickly create websites / PWA’s. Using your skills, you will help to strengthen our team and share God’s love with the least reached.
Full Details
Community Project Manager International    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAre you experienced in business training and coaching? Do you have community development experience? Can you encourage people as they start a business and form follow-up groups? These groups support and encourage each other and work together toward solutions to uplift the community economically. OM’s Micro enterprise business ministry is passionate about helping people transform, uplift and empower their communities through business. Help us renew hope and see lasting change in peoples’ lives.
Full Details
Identity Management (MIM) Engineer International    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAs an Identity Management Engineer your key function will be the successful planning and execution of OM’s Identity management strategy through the successful planning, deployment operationalisation and support of Identity management systems and services. You will use the Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) solution to implement required functionality, policies and processes across a global and complex environment.

Would need to work where at least 2-3 hrs overlap with Europe is possible.

Full Details
Sportslink International Team Communication Facilitator International    Go & Live    As soon as possibleWe see God at work through our sports ministries, but we need someone to help us to tell our stories better. We need someone who is dedicated, dynamic, creative, team minded and has great communication skills. Are you the person who can effectively tell the story of what God is doing through Sportslink?  Join us and use your gifts and skills to share God’s stories across the globe.
Full Details
Accounting Software (Xledger) Deployment Facilitator International    Go & Live    As soon as possibleThis role exists to  facilitate the deployment of finance tools and systems being rolled out across OM’s 110+ offices to help the organisation enhance its ministry of seeing vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached.
Full Details
Incarnate Manager – Inspiro Arts Alliance International    Go & Live    As soon as possibleDo you love to organize complex events? Can you imagine touching every corner of the globe with beauty by helping equip artists to serve cross-culturally?

Inspiro Arts Alliance cultivates and empowers artists globally to awaken the world to God's beauty. Incarnate is our flag-ship training. Completely redesigned and improved, the next Incarnate will be held in January 2022 over 4 months in multiple locations.

We’ve got the program and connections. We just need a manager. Could that be you?

Full Details
Software Developer – INT Carlisle International    Go & Live    As soon as possibleDevelopers are urgently needed to work on the software tools provided by the international IT team. These include desktop applications for finance and HR, web applications for our custom intranet solution and integration tools for third-party cloud-based ERP systems.
Full Details
Personnel Manager (International Field) International    Go & Live    As soon as possibleThe Personnel Manager will oversee and develop the people management processes and systems for the International Field (approx. 190 people worldwide), and ensure good practice in the delivery of these services.
Full Details
Bookkeeper International    Go & Live    September 2022MediaWorks is looking for a bookkeeper to process the team’s financial transactions to ensure the smooth running and continuation of their media ministry. As you work in finance, you are releasing a team of graphic designers, software developers and content editors to produce and distribute media that share God’s love with the least reached in their heart languages.
Full Details
eBook Programmer International    Go & Live    September 2022Use your skills to convert powerful Christian publications into downloadable eBooks that can travel to hard-to-reach places. Share the hope of Christ by making resources available for the least reached in their heart languages!
Full Details
Fundraiser International    Go & Live    September 2022Do you have a heart for fundraising for God’s Kingdom? MediaWorks is looking for a Fundraiser to ensure we have the resources needed to run media ministry. As you support our work on Media Strategy, Creation and Distribution, you are making it possible to produce media that share God’s love with the least reached in their heart languages.
Full Details