Remember those High School research papers when we had to complete the dreaded Bibliography page... often the determiner between A & B quality. We always hoped that the book was a first edition so we didn't have to figure out how to create the lengthy entry. In reality, most books never remain a first edition book. The author no sooner sends it to the publisher that he wants to add new information. Books go through first, second, and even third editions. Sometimes an author completes a massive re-working or adds an incredible section to his work. When this happens, the 2nd or 3rd ed badge won't quite do. In such a case, the book becomes a " revised & expanded edition."
Invited to New Role
And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations (Mark 13:10).
We are very passionate about the gospel, theological education & reaching the nations. During this past year, we have been before God's throne with open hands seeking his will both for our family & ministry.
At the same time...
Converge's vision: We are asking God for a gospel movement among every least-reached people group–in our generation.
Global Training Associate
In accordance with this new vision, Converge has been re-thinking how to mobilize & to equip global workers for this incredible task that only God can do. It requires complete gospel focus, close local church partnerships, effective equipping, serious team work & big league innovation.
Due to a series of incredible & providential events, the Lord has opened a door for us at Converge, one that no one can close. Converge has invited me (Tim) to join their Training Team as a Global Training Associate to equip younger missionaries via formal training, mentoring & curriculum development for continued cross-cultural ministry especially implementation & development of online training platforms with new tech.
This is a Pie in the Sky Vision!
Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people (Rev. 14:6).
Check out some pics from our new class in Cambodia with Covenant Mission University!!! (Details coming about this divine appointment next month)
Visual Theological Education
Global populations are growing faster than the church is able to commission and to send missionaries. Gone are the days where the great commission will be fulfilled SOLELY through only one methodology.
I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings (1 Cor. 9:22–23).
We (Converge & the Spears) see the power and believe strongly in a new means, the internet/social media space and graphical/visual media to mobilize, to equip, & to send national and indigenous leaders to be catalysts for gospel movements in an exponentially expanding global context.
Converge has also invited me (Tim) to continue our work in the Philippines & beyond in Cloud Theological Institute (http://www.cloudtheologicalinstitute.org) equipping Filipino Gospel-centered leaders & to further my study in the area of missiology specifically visual theological education for oral / visual learners especially in non-western contexts.
Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us?
There many more details which we will be sharing in the coming months as we re-connect with you, continue to share our rev. & exp. ministry, and begin our transition into this new role. For now, we would like you to prayerfully consider how God is leading you as individuals & churches to be a partner in this incredibly important aspect in the fulfillment of the proclamation of the gospel among the nations in our generation.