Tuesday, April 14, 2009

400,000 New Bible Teachers by 2021

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all weask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."(Ephesians 3:20-21)

These are exciting days for the Gospel. One of the greatest needs we have worldwide is for more Bible teachers. And not just a few!

By 2021 there will be another billion people on this planet, should our Lord tarry. I estimate that it will take a minimum of 400,000 Bible teachers to reach this billion people. We can't meet this goal depending on seminaries, Bible study lesson guides, or waiting until someone has been a Jesus follower for 20 years before they begin teaching. The Internet does not reach everywhere, but it reaches the beachheads. Praise God that the HolySpirit is not limited!

So beginning this year, we're launching our 400KTeachers initiative. All the content will be free of charge. There will be coaching materials to develop your teaching skills, and helps so that each teacher can mentor three more teachers over 3 years. If we begin in 2009 with several thousand teachers, and they mentor more teachers, then by 2021 this multiplication process can result in over 400,000 new Bible teachers.

Initially all the materials will be in English, but we'llbe looking for help to produce them in other languages (initially we hope for Spanish and Chinese).

I'm very excited about this effort! (I told my pastor, "I don't think Satan suggests these things to us.") I'll be talking much more about this in the coming months, and hope that many of you will help spread the word.

More announcements coming!

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