Archive | March, 2012

Undivided 2012! Evangelism Conference in Hungary

15 Mar

Undivided – 2 van onze eigen ‘Ichtus Brusselaars’ zijn alvast hun busreis aan het boeken voor een ervaring om nooit meer te vergeten! We gaan ze zeker stalken en zoveel mogelijk ervaringen hier laten neerschrijven en foto’s laten zien! Tot gauw!

Celebrate Easter 2012 together with 2000 students from across Europe:

What does it mean to become undivided?

Wanting to grow in our relationship with the living God, worshipping him with our whole lives. This means turning away from our idols which distract us and destroy our fellowship with Him and with one another. We want to live out our faith in commitment to community: our universities, our IFES groups, our families, our friends, our churches. And we want to be authentic in witness to the risen Christ, speaking out against the false gods which dominate our cultures and divide our world.

  •  We will hear from the Bible every day
  •  sing to the Lord
  •  share ideas and talk about our experiences in small groups
  •  receive teaching and training in evangelism, Christian living and doctrine
  •  hear what God is doing across Europe and in our lives through testimonies and stories

The IFES European Student Evangelism Conference has, under God, been hugely significant in the lives of thousands of students from across Europe and Eurasia. Generations of students have caught the vision of students reaching students, and had their personal evangelism and the witnessing life of their groups transformed.

made redundant

7 Mar

There are lots of phrases and words used to describe losing your job—getting fired, being given your pink slip, getting sacked. I want to focus on being made redundant. It sounds like a strange mix of sarcasm and politeness and we hear it used regularly in popular sitcoms. Being made redundant is not technically getting fired. The definition is to be “deprived of one’s job because it is no longer necessary for efficient operation.” I don’t suppose you have ever considered working toward redundancy. But that is just what I want you to do.

There is a model in Jesus’ discipling that we can consider (as described in InterVarsity’s Leading Edge training material). There are four stages to this discipling. In stage 1 Jesus is A LIVING EXAMPLE. He allows the disciples to come and see, to observe and ask questions. And it is up to the disciples to decide to follow. In stage 2 Jesus acts as A PROVOCATIVE TEACHER. He now asks them questions and gives them insiders’ explanations. He challenges their assumptions and allows them to wrestle with mental conundrums. And they become his assistants (as in the case of feeding the multitudes) because he is interested in multiplying his ministry. In stage 3 Jesus is A SUPPORTIVE COACH. He delegates, sending his disciples to do ministry with clear instructions, clear authority, and clear expectations. He develops in them competence and confidence, even as they at times face their own flaws. In stage 4 Jesus is THE ULTIMATE DELEGATOR. His last days and hours on earth are spent considering his disciples’ needs. He gives them a model of servant leadership. He expresses his love for them and prays for them. And he calls them to the mission with an explanation and promise of equipping and empowering.

I’m not Jesus. Neither are you. We can’t do all of these things. But in a student ministry context we do need to make ourselves redundant, that is, when you graduate will there be a hole in the ministry or will someone else step in equipped and encouraged to continue God’s work? Here are a few questions to help you make sure you are making yourself redundant.
1. Who is watching your example?
2. Are you challenging someone to wrestle with their assumptions and see another perspective?
3. Are you giving someone the opportunity to share the tasks of your ministry role?
4. Can you leave your ministry role confident that God is equipping someone to carry on after you?

If you would like to see the Leading Edge training material let me know and I can email a copy to you or better yet sit down with you (and maybe your team) and talk it through together.

Jeremy Hamilton