Sunday, September 20, 2009
Passing the Baton
Every JV conference is special! There is nothing like being together with like-hearted friends and co-workers!
But this year's conference was especially meaningful and applicable for me as I love the concept and practice of discipleship.
Discipleship is a highly valued part of our ministry here in Central and Eastern Europe. Once someone comes to know Christ, it's our joy, privilege and responsibility to disciple, teach, mentor and coach them in their new faith.
While we live out and talk about discipleship often, it's such a critical component of ministry here that we spent this year's JV fall conference teaching, talking, discussing and putting into practice what it means to be an excellent, faithful and faith-filled discipler who passes on the baton of faith to the next generation.
The conference was full of helpful sessions, seminars and practical help on discipleship. All of those were taught "internally", meaning it was our team members from 11 countries (both Americans and nationals) who were sharing their knowledge and wisdom in this area...and that was powerful! These are people who are "on the ground" doing it day after day. I loved hearing from them!
During one morning session, the speaker, Daniel from Poland, had Claire come and share about the discipleship Bible study she had last year. She was so poised and relaxed as she shared her experience in front of 160 people. We were proud of her!
We'll all be chewing on the things we learned, and hopefully putting them into practice in the months to come.