More Australians wanting a solid grounding in how to actually reach others with Jesus are becoming aware of Church Army Training. Martin Morgan, the National Director of Church Army Australia says ” The reason I’m excited about more people showing interest in our training is that we are actually reaching outside the Christian ghettos and breaking through the boundaries that often prevent those not already following Jesus from starting to. Our training happens in the context of real coalface evangelism.”
The Certificate in Local Mission has been running for a few years now, offered in two ways; as a one year “GAP Year” for 18-25 yr olds, or as a two year programme with intensives. In 2012, there is also a new Leadership in Local Mission couse. This is generating quite a bit of interest.
Alyssa, one of our 2011 GAP students, placed in Forbes, reflects on the certificate; ” One intensive in relation to making disciples involved looking at their stories, our stories, and His story… and the fairytales which our culture believes. We looked at the resources out there to help share the gospel, then helping others through an apprenticeship format. I’m learning so much and loving it.”She is one of twelve students studying the Certificate in 2011, and is planning on doing the Leadership in Local Mission course in 2012.
Another person planning on doing theLeadership in Local Mission in 2012 is Bob Slockee, who is emerging as a leader and evangelist in the Church Army work based at Airds, near Campbelltown in Sydney. Bob came through the Restorations programme, did the Certificate and is now helping to lead the Local mission team reaching locals in and around Aird with Jesus. They are already doing strategic evangelistic work. They feel the need for more training.
Bob’s wife Justine is also completing the Certificate. They work as a team, both are convinced of Church Army’s Mission and the need to have good solid training to help them continue to reach those beyond the reach of existing churches.
CA students are currently doing mission in bases scattered from Forbes, in Central Western NSW to Berkeley in Wollongong, to Tasmania.
Church Army is enrolling for training in 2012 now.