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The Africa Model will create two distinct Bible Study groups:

Stonecroft Bible Study Outreach Group

Stonecroft Bible Study Discipleship Group.

Within the initial Outreach classes new Guides will be introduced to Stonecroft and learn how to establish their own Stonecroft Bible Study Outreach Group. New believers or unbelievers will then be encouraged to join these new Outreach Groups.

Stonecroft Bible Study Discipleship Groups will be made up of women who have completed the Outreach Group ‘Trinity Series’ and are not ready or able to Guide but want to continue within the Discipleship Group sessions. This will enable continual growth and expansion within Stoncroft Africa.

Stonecroft Ministries understands and appreciates the influence of one woman’s life. When you reach a woman for Christ, you touch everyone in her community – her husband, children, friends, neighbours and co-workers.

Bishop David Akondowi, United Caribbean Trust’s (UCT) Tanzania representative and founder of the African Training Bible School (ATBS) and senior Pastor of House of Freedom – Tanzania, where UCT has establish a Women's Empowerment Sewing Project shares with us a Tanzanian Proverb.

"In Tanzania we have a common saying which translated sounds like this ’educate a woman so that the entire society should benefit’."

Stonecroft provides encouragement and equips women to be effective in reaching their communities.

AFRICAN DISCIPLESHIP MODEL:

The African Discipleship Model proving that it is necessary to Divide to Multiply and Multiplication is better than Addition!

1. The African model will be introduced first into Tanzania through the Africa Training Bible School. (ATBS) The initial aim is to train the Pastors of the 280 churches within ATBS to become Stonecroft Bible Study Guides. They will be trained using the training videoes and this Africa Bible Study Handbook. These Pastors will become the first Stonecroft Guides in Tanzania - God willing. They will each be given the Stonecroft Guidebooks and Stonecroft Bible Study Books in the Trinity series. Initially 10 ‘What is God like?’ then 10 ‘Who is Jesus?’ and finally 10 ‘Where is the Holy Spirit?’ as well as the Bible Handbooks that compliment this series in case their women at the church do not have a Bible.

2. The Pastors will take this information back to their church in their village and identify 1 key woman, maybe the leader of the Women’s Ministry. Using the training videoes and this Stonecroft Africa Bible Study Handbook, having been translated into Swahili, will train the first local Church Guide. The Pastor will then become a Coordinator to oversee her. He will walk her through a couple of the Bible studies from each of the Trinity series.

3. This new Guide will be given a Stonecroft Guidebook and 10 Stonecroft ‘What is God like?’ Bible Study Books all translated into her native language and 10 Bible Handbooks and she will identify 5 key women within her church, with guide potential, to begin the series.
Each of these 5 potential guides can bring along 1 friend, ideally their Prayer Partner, to the Stonecroft Outreach Trinity Bible Study. Once the ‘What is God like?’ Bible Study is completed she will continue with the ‘Who is Jesus?” and then the ‘Where is the Holy Spirit?” She will then train the 5 key women to become the third generation Stonecroft Guides, using the training videoes and this Africa Stonecroft Bible Study Handbook.

4. She will tben become a Coordinator to oversee these 5 new Guides. She will repeat the Stonecroft Outreach Trinity Bible Study in her local church with 5 other women who will be encouraged to bring along 5 unbelievers or immature Christians to this Outreach series.

5. The Pastor will become the Consulting Coordinator supervising the process.

6. Each of these 5 new Guides, along with their Prayer partners, will identify 1 more key person from within her church or village and 1 other key person, with Guide potential, from another church, of course with their Pastors authorization.

7. Together these 4 women will encourage unbelievers to join the new Stonecroft Outreach Trinity Bible Study series, a maximum of 2 each. Remember Bible Studies should be ideally no more than 10 - 12 women.

8. Once the Stonecroft Outreach Trinity Bible Study series is completed the Coordinator will train the 2 key women, (one from her church and 1 from another church) to become fourth generation Stonecroft Guides. Her Prayer Partner now will remain with her to Disciple this class in further Bible Studies.

9. The process is then duplicated within the other church that had been introduced into the program.

10. If there are any questions that the Guide cannot answer she refers to her Coordinator.

11. As time progresses further Coordinators will be trained as the network widens, a further video will cater to Coordinator training.


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