The result is not more methods or techniques, but rhythms of ministry based on trusting Jesus all over again.
Is our church motivated at its core to be a voice for and helper of the marginalized, homeless, oppressed and powerless? Discussing this topic with our trainer made me realize how little I have considered the complexities my church will face in the city. Yet the gospel compels the church, compels me, to find ways to love, serve and befriend those with lesser opportunities.
In late April, 13 church planters participated in the International Church Planting Intensive in Singapore and Hong Kong. This group reflected the widest array of cities and cultures of Asia Pacific's five Intensives to date with church planters from Bangalore, Bangkok, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo.
This year we made several key changes to the Intensive. We condensed it from four weeks to seventeen days, visiting two cities rather than three. More importantly, we empowered local leaders to teach the Intensive, rather than bringing all the main trainers from the US. These local leaders have been through our training and shadowed past trainers.
We certainly felt your prayers and support throughout this Intensive as we encountered many hurdles, including multiple staff members getting sick and some visa issues with a participant. Still, God was faithful and created time for rest and help to clear up the visa troubles. With the training of local leadership and the diverse group attending the Intensive, we were reminded of all God is doing in Asia and are thankful for the strong support that each of you provide through your giving, prayer and friendship.
Fall is our favorite time of year and not because of the beautiful weather. Fall means we’re welcoming our new class of hand-picked church planters from around the globe to our five week International Intensive in New York City. 13 church planters will be joining us this year, and we’re thrilled to have them.
For the past 4 years, CTC has welcomed a group of hand-picked church planters from global cities for five weeks of training called the International Intensive. This year, we're up to 18 church planters and ministry leaders–a new record! We've had to get creative with squeezing the extra chairs into the conference room.
Our first Church Planter Intensive held in Asia ended on July 25. Jay Kyle is the Director of Asia for Redeemer City to City.
Hong Kong is known as a one of the world’s most iconic cities, often mentioned in the same breath as New York, London and Tokyo. It is a world power in financial markets and world-class architects love to study its new skyscrapers. But dim sum and church planting were on my mind as Maureen and I landed at the Hong Kong International Airport on June 26, 2012.
Every September, CTC welcomes about a dozen church planters from different global cities to New York for our annual International Intensive. This four-week program is a time for church planters who are getting ready to launch to spend some time away from their ministries and cities and reflect together on how to approach them in a gospel-centered way. They also build relationships with each other for support, friendship and accountability.
This year we hosted 13 church planters in New York City for the International Church Planter Intensive Training. They were from the cities of: Athens, Belfast, Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Cd. Victoria (Mexico), Dublin, Durban (South Africa), Kuala Lumpur, London, Paris, Prague, Tokyo and Toronto.