When God called to train Church Planters, I did not know what to do and what to teach, even though I had master’s degree from Bible college and I was a Pastor for 5 years. The studies I had more of academic nature but the need was practical training. Not knowing what to do, I started the training with 8 people. I tried both my field experience and my bible knowledge, but I felt that I am lacking something.
That was the time God brought Ronald Vander Griend in my life. He is the one who showed me what to do next? and what to teach next? based on 2peter 1:1-11. This has transformed my life and ministry. I still follow what I learned from him. He made me think and come up with materials for the Church planters. In module 3 we help the Church Planters to teach the new converts the basic beliefs of Bible and train them to lead many to take baptism. Here are the list of Topics we cover in this membership module.
1. Why bible knowledge is necessary and how to study the bible?
2. How to overcome false doctrines? False doctrines in Tamilnadu.
3. Why people hesitate to take baptism and how to help people to take baptism?
4. How to invite a person for baptism?
5. Why baptism is necessary?
6. Benefits of church membership
7. Do we need to change the name while giving baptism?
8. How to conduct baptism service?
9. 15 Small group bible study lessons for new members
10. How to conduct communion service?
11. How to maintain church records?
12. How to live a bible centered family life
13. Memory verses
15. Other notes
This has helped thousands of Church Planters in the past and continues to make impact today. I am greatly indebted to Ron.