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Creating Community in Church Planting

Transformation takes time. Philippine Challenge desires to see a healthy church in every community and continues with partnership-creating opportunities for increased fruitfulness. God is on the move as his people partner to train leaders, reproduce churches, and multiply disciples. Dave has spent 30 years in the Philippines, planting churches, training church planters, and employing new ways to see the gospel spread across the nation. Cultural contexts dictate the methods for church planting, but the message remains the same.

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Teaching Church Planting through Stories

“For many years we used Ephesians 1‐3 to teach salvation, then Ephesians 4‐6 for discipleship. It worked well. But recently we started using stories instead. It works so much better. Four times the results!” Dave says.

The four stories Dave uses in training to help people develop faith in Jesus are:

  • The Woman Forgiven of Much (Luke 7:36-50)
  • The Narrow Way (Matt. 7:13-14)
  • The Undeserving Thief (Luke 23:32-43)
  • The Love of a Father (Luke 15:11-24)

“These stories are so powerful! After these four stories, just about everyone in the group has solid faith in Jesus. We then have a longer series of stories to strengthen these new believers,” Dave says.

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Putting Lessons into Practice

To maximize fruitfulness, the Philippines team gathers church planting trainees together once per month. They are taught to put their church planting skills immediately into practice. Then they come back together to share insights, success stories, problem solving, and prayer before learning the next phase of skills. This process continues for 10 months. By the end, most churches see over 100% growth!Philippines church planting

“Pastor Arman Rodriguez is a typical pastor of 60 members. He seemed excited at the end of our Month 1 training. When he came back the next month, like many others, he hadn’t really put the training to use. We were able to get him on track, and he made steady progress. After 10 months, they started a new daughter church of 40 members, and their original church grew to 85. There are lots of Pastor Armans,” Dave says.

As Filipinos continue to understand and obey the Word of God, they are transformed by the renewing of their minds (Rom. 12:2). It’s a dynamic process with much progress — over 66,000 churches across the country now. Our OC team presses on toward discipling the nation until every village is transformed.

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  • Pray for Dave W and the Northern Philippine Team as they encourage and train pastors in the Philippines.
  • Pray for Philippine Challenge as they partner with other mobilization centers in the One Challenge world to spread the gospel to predominantly Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia.

Church Planting & Growth
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We invest in people and opportunities that enable churches to be planted, thrive, grow, and multiply. When invited by local leaders, OC conducts training for church planters and those interested in learning about disciple-making movements.

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