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Discipleship Coordinator’s Report: Asia-Pacific Region,
Sept. 27, 2019
It is hard to believe it is my third report as the regional discipleship coordinator.
Thank you for praying for me in this critically important assignment that the Lord has called me to at this time in my life.
Our Lord’s mandate and the Mission of the Church of the Nazarene is to, “Go and make Christlike disciples in the nations.” The vision of the Discipleship Ministry is to carry out the Great Commission to all of those within our communities, intentionally guiding them for a lifetime of being and making Christ-like Disciples in the Nations. Therefore, I believe that the Discipleship Ministry is truly a foundational ministry upon which the other ministries of the church are built.
In the first part of this report I want to share about the question “what happened?” And then, in the latter part, the questions of Destination, “where are we going?” and of Strategy, “how are we going to get there?” will be discussed.
1. The question of what happened - Updates from the Field Discipleship Coordinators.
We have a strong team composed of talented and energetic servant-leaders with excellent backgrounds in discipleship ministry. This team met together in May at the regional office in Singapore and discussed the issues and challenges before us. Followings are reports from them of whom I am proud:
a. Aggie Muaror (Melanesia & South Pacific) - Fiji had a Work and Witness Team to do a VBS. Introduced Sermons for Kids in Samoa. Quizzing was also introduced, which is something new. Use of Nazarene Essentials in discipline women in PNG.
b. Dick Eugenio (Philippine & Micronesia) - All districts in the Philippines have had a Discipleship Summit. Part II of the Summits throughout the Philippines will begin in October. Resources for small groups are continuously being uploaded to vision441.org; these are contributed by local churches or
written as commissioned by Eugenio. Philippines & Micronesia Field will also begin producing short video clips answering important life questions.
c. Jun Katoda (Japan) - He Introduced Discipleship Ministry to Japanese pastors. Filipino churches in Japan, along with the church in Okinawa are doing a great job. Japanese pastors want to know what they are doing and how they can be emulated. Challenge how to encourage Japanese churches be more involved in disciple-making.
d. M. R. (CMF) - Taiwan and Hongkong use traditional methods, while C country and Mongolia use more variety. There is no use of curriculum in C country, and the focus is Scripture. Focus is change from knowing to doing, where disciples are mentored by their leaders by imitation. Groups include both believers and non-believers. Goal is for everyone to lead a Bible study and multiply out. New believers are empowered to make disciples. NTC-Brisbane’s CALD program is going on in Mongolia, where there is lack of resources too.
e. Natanael Harinoto (Sealands) - Four districts in Indonesia, with coordinators in each, trained to equip others. They are following a three-point model in Bible reading and sharing: Read, Expose and Response. This has been very effective and is making Christians become stronger. Goal is for the 20% Christians to influence the majority. There is a strong emphasis in the Nazarene church to strengthen the message and life of holiness.
f. Rob Fringer (Australia & New Zealand) - Over this past year, the ANZ Field SDMI team has developed a shared resource folder on Google Drive, which is the start of what will be an online resource for the churches on the field. They have also been working on a proposal for a large series of recorded testimonies and Study lessons, which will be submitted to the Region soon. They are hoping for a total of about 50 testimonies from people in their churches of different ages, genders, cultures, and language. They are also hoping for at least 6 studies lessons; they plan to begin by recording small lessons out of the Frameworks for Lay Leadership Series.
Their 3 districts have all held various discipleship training days and occasional seminars on various subjects such as Interpreting Scripture, Biblical Holiness, Sharing your Story, and the Mission of God. The various districts have also held children’s, men’s, and ladies’ retreat this year.
g. Jubilee Thanga (SEA) - Only one district has concern for children’s ministries and discipleship programs. Jubilee Thanga was able to visit 6 out of the 8 districts, and conduct training about SDMI and Sunday school teaching in 3 districts. Since SEA filed is Buddhist nations, small group discipleship program is necessary than formal church activities. So, he is developing a model how to express that discipleship is not something new, and should be integral in everything we do as a church. He wants to focus on discipleship in the local church and the family, prioritizing children and and youths, and providing free resource materials along the way. One of the challenges is that many of Myanmar’s citizens have low educational attainment and they feel insecure with small group meeting. Myanmar Christian feel more comfortable with large number of people gathering.
There is a need to develop materials and programs for adults and children. Simple story telling program seems to be very effective in SEA field. So, Jubilee will be traveling to facilitate a workshop on story telling methods and story writing with 6 district SDMI teams in 2020. In such way, there will be more
living stories from the field.
2. The questions of “where we are going” and “how we are going to get there.”
ministry of Discipleship is currently evident in our local churches across the
Region in varying degrees from flourishing to non-existent. In discussion with several
leaders, it is found that some see Discipleship Ministry as simply another program
within the church, while others are intentionally and successfully fulfilling
the vision and mission of Discipleship Ministry, but unaware that it is a formalized
ministry within the church.
This variation in understanding of the role and function of Discipleship
the Asia-Pacific Region is partially due to the lack of a prioritized and
cohesive region-wide strategy with regard to Discipleship Ministry.
Since a solid Discipleship Ministry initiative is essential for strong, well spiritually nourished and flourishing local churches, the Regional Discipleship Coordinator is committed to the following four objectives in rebuilding our regional Discipleship ministry.
(1) SWOT Analysis of the Discipleship ministriy across the Region, completed in
with the Field Discipleship Ministry Coordinators.
(2) Compilation of a “Top Priorities” list for the Discipleship Ministry in the area of training and resourcing, driven by the expressed needs of the local churches and agreed upon by the Regional Discipleship Council.
(3) Establishment of cohesive, contextually relevant, communications platforms to facilitate the resourcing of the Top Priority needs.
(4) Partnership with other ministry entities in providing an avenue for lay leaders and pastors to have formal or informal education to equip them in discipleship.
Besides these four objectives, there are projects in rebuilding the discipleship ministry through 2020: (a) Setting a Regional Disciple-Making Model and (b) Providing a Lent Devotional book of stories from our people for our people.
(a) Regional Disciple-Making Model
In October of 2018, Rob Fringer, Dick Eugenio, and John Eun Yup Kim met in South Korea, and discussed on and drew up a draft of the regional discipleship model.
Upon our submission of the model to Dr. Mark Louw, Regional Director, for his approval, he called for a meeting with these three men and M. Rigsby and Bruce Allder in order to talk about how this model, the Emmaus model, and the 5 Questions model may be combined to create one model that can be promoted
throughout the region. As a result, Rob Fringer was asked to attempt a synthesis. Finally, the Regional Disciple-Making Model comes into the world. See Appendix.
(b) Lent Devotional
The Lent season of the year 2020 begins Feb. 26. We have collected 5~8 stories from each fields including National districts such as Korea and Japan. The stories are really inspiring ones and, I believe that the stories will be blessings for the readers during the Lent which we meditate our Lord, Jesus Christ who suffered for us. I would like to thank the field discipleship coordinators who collected stories from their fields and Dr. Sherry Shmmidt who edited those stories, with adding reflections and prayer focuses. Without their sacrificial works, it cannot be published.
In the next year, I would like to focus on SWOT Analysis of the Discipleship ministriy across the Region, and compilation of a “Top Priorities” list for the Discipleship Ministry in the area of training and resourcing. With this, the disciple-making model will become more effective tool for fulfilling His mission in the Region.
Jim Putman, the author of the book, Real-Life Discipleship said, “This whole issue of discipleship is critical if we want to save the church from the Sunday morning show and make it a place where real relationship and real change takes place”
Let us save the church from the Sunday morning show and make it a place where real relationship and real change takes place.
Respectfully & gratefully submitted,
Rev. Eun Yup Kim (John)
Regional Discipleship Coordinator
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