How then did Paul train ministers to jump in the First Century?
He took them with him. Paul traveled throughout all of Asia Minor, training future planters like Timothy, Titus, Silvanus, leaving planters in his wake.
Paul’s methodology was:
– I do, you watch
– You do, I watch
– You do, I go somewhere else and do
Rinse and repeat with every one of the 32 “fellow workers” that Paul mentions in his epistles, and you’ll see that Paul’s OTJT (On The Job Training) was the most effective practice of preparing guys for ministry.
At least Jesus seemed to think so. He did it with 12 disciples for 3 years.
Reproducing himself was such a high priority to Jesus that most of his ministry was to the twelve, not to the crowds.
The stuff that you read about in the book of Acts can only be learnt on the front lines, not working from behind a desk in an air conditioned office as a pencil pusher for Jesus, hoping nobody will come in and interrupt you from your studies.
So, what’ll it be?
Front lines or in a cubicle back at HQ?
In WW2, paratroopers were Ike’s secret-weapon that turned the tide of the war, and ensured victory for the most ambitious amphibious land assault in history. Spiritually speaking, the times are ripe for heroes who are willing to be dropped behind the barbed wire to break the axis of evil. God wants to refashion you into an angel of death, equipped to parachute into a night sky lit up by anti-aircraft shells exploding and tracers whizzing.
It worked in the First Century so much, that Paul asserted that the Gospel had spread into every major city in the sphere of his ministry “so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation” (Romans 15:25).
Recruits, this is what Paul did with one generation! What will this generation do?
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