How glorious could the African Church be?
We long to see a new and large generation of godly pastors raised up. We pray for the Lord to bring revival through their faithful preaching and discipling. We dream of great opportunities as the African church matures for the kingdom to expand into places and cultures we Westerners could never reach.
Its never easy to do something meaningful.
If our work will have lasting impact it will have to take a long road. Just as a planting a church has numerous phases, in the same way, we see 3 phases to our work. Here is our anticipated path beginning with our preparations and Ph.D studies down through teaching our first Covenant Theology class.
PHASE 1 | currently recruiting partners
Our vision trip to Malawi & Uganda was the first step to get to know churches and visit missionaries we know on the ground. This has built relationships and laid groundwork for future possibilities. Daniel is also working on preparation for doctoral studies, including learning French with Bethany.
We are actively looking to recruit a support team of churches and individuals who will partner with us financially. We are looking for partners who want to see this work happen, and so will give and pray for it too.
Here are our reports from our Vision Trip:
PHASE 2 | three+ years | Ph.D Studies
We are convinced that if we began teaching with my Master's, we would only be helping theological schools limp along. However, we are committed to the long term good and investment in the African Church.Possessing a Ph.D helps them invest and build for their future.
Summer 2018, we plan on moving (likely internationally) for Daniel to commence his doctoral studies. This phase will be devoted to 3-6 years of full-time study, investing in church life locally, and occasional trips to assist in teaching modules in African seminaries.
PHASE 3 | long-term | Arrive, Teach, Learn, Invest
Upon finishing doctoral studies, we will relocate, and join the faculty of an African seminary. This phase will be focused on settling our family, learning the culture, language, needs and goals of the seminary and local church.
Daniel will being teaching, likely taking over the least favorite classes from the other lecturers. We will be focused on developing courses and looking for ways to better equip leaders. We are excited to not only teach theology, but to help leaders care for marriages, those in grief, and the poor and suffering in our midst.