Col Marshall on radical MTS part II

Radical re-focus of MTS apprenticeships
The apprenticeship is not about training church workers, but about training missionaries.

People need to have the vision to find and gather 2, 5, 10, 20 people in clusters to make disciples. Gather around the word and grow in Christlikeness.

Therefore the distinctive of the apprenticeship should be to reach ten people over the two year period.

  • Do you want to become a church planter? Then start by planting a group of ten.
  • We as trainers will only reproduce who we ourselves are. So where am I finding and building ten new disciples?
  • We need to do a thorough 'training needs analysis' in order to suit the training for that task.
We need to have evangelism as the main thing, not church planting. We have a naive view of church planting and need to reality check - you haven't even reached one person for the Christ yet!