YWAM POTCHEFSTROOM BLOG
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We have lived from 2011 by faith in Ywam and we regularly look at the fruit of our ministry to determine if it is worth the sacrifice. We thank everybody that’s involved in any way. It has been both very difficult at times and at other times we were absolutely amazed by God moving in an amazing way. May God bless you!
Serving local churches through discipleship courses
We thank God for His wisdom and His strategy in our area. When we started the base we had literally 3 churches within 200 metres from our house. In Potch there are a lot of churches and we have big churches around the students. When I prayed I felt God saying: “South-Africa is over-churched and under-discipled”. We clearly felt lead to start with discipleship schools. In the beginning we just had schools with the community from different backgrounds. Now it seems we are moving into a new season.
In our home town there are many churches and each has its own doctrine. What was God’s call for us? When we got busy in the community, we found a very broken community under the layer of Christianity.
The DTS’s we ran we felt were very successful. We found the gospel very profound in its simplicity; having a healthy personal relationship with God and loving relationships with people. In this flow of our relationship with God “doctrine” is not really a problem because the core of our faith is the same.
As we grew as a family and a base we are now finding that our family is members of three different churches. All of our children are very active in their churches and attracting people to our discipleship groups. We are starting to build more trust as a base with the churches in our area.
We are currently running two schools that are specifically designed to strengthen and serve the churches and Christians that is looking for more:
Church growth because of the discipleship schools
One church asked us to present our Counselling school in their church. After the first school they did two other TPM schools in their church with 20 people in each school. This church grew to such an extent that the church was asked to talk to the synod about what they are doing in the church that causes the growth. The church moved from “doctrine” to “relationship” and immediately there was a multiplication effect in the church!
Now we have another church we are partnering with in Lenasia. With the prophetic school it seems there might be two churches and an organisation partnering with us! This gives us the unique possibility to serve the body of Christ as a whole and people can do our courses and go and use the course material in their churches.
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