What are we doing in Madagascar now?
Faith Community Church is working to educate pastors in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, on the Healthy Church Principles. These principles, focused on the five core purposes of the church, allow churches to sustainably grow and prosper. There are currently about 100 pastors enrolled in the first round of education.
We are sending teams of 6-8 people to train pastors in a series of two-day seminars occurring over the course of twelve months.
What is it like to go to Madagascar?
Ask anyone who has been on one of the past trips and they’ll tell you traveling to Madagascar is a unique and amazing experience! The country is beautiful, the pastors are passionate, and the work being done to advance God’s kingdom is incredible. Even more inspiring is the testimony of the spiritual growth and learning that happens when ordinary people, empowered by God, take a step of faith to travel across the world and advance His kingdom. Hear what the experience is like from them directly in the short video below.
How can I learn more?
We’d be happy to share with you upcoming information sessions or arrange a time to meet and discuss this initiative.
Feel free to email Cathy Meister for more information.
Why are we training pastors?
When working cross-culturally in missions, it can be tempting to enter a community and meet needs directly. The problem with this approach is that it side-steps the local church. Local believers are experts on their communities – and they will continue to live in that community long after cross-cultural visitors leave!
The PEACE Plan takes a different approach to working cross-culturally:
Go to serve the local church
For many Christians, we’ve thought the best we can do to serve globally is pay for missions efforts, pray, and stay out of the way. However, we believe that when Jesus commanded us to go in Acts 1:8, he actually meant go! We live in a unique time in history when it’s never been easier to serve in our neighborhood or around the globe. Every believer has something they can contribute to the body of Christ.
Bring ourselves, not “stuff”
It can be tempting to focus on giving resources, but as Jesus modeled, the greatest transformation comes from relationships. We each have much to learn from each other cross-culturally in the body of Christ.
Foster local ownership of local problem
When we shift our focus on empowering local believers with tools and training, the outputs of cross-cultural work are sustainable and reproducible. When they become the hero in their context, the local church is seen as the source of hope for that community and God gets the glory.
Interested in getting involved?
We would love to hear from you and we’d love to tell you more.