The Pastor within ATBS are always delighted
when they receive any books or resource material.
They have been busy translating the Stonecroft
Bible Study material into Swahili. They are excited about
working with Stonecroft to get their curriculum into their
280 churches throughout Africa.
AFRICAN DISCIPLESHIP MODEL:
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 Stonecroft Bible Study Guides. By using the training
video and the Africa Bible Study Handbook we will give direction
to the present Pastors attending the ATBS – Tanzania, Malawi,
Zambia, DR Congo and eventually Uganda. These Pastors will become
the first Stonecroft Guides in Tanzania - God willing. They will
each be given one Stonecroft Guidebook and Stonecroft Bible Study
Books in the Trinity series. Initially 10 ‘Who is Jesus?’,
then 10 ‘What is God like?’ 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 this training video
and the Stonecroft Africa Handbook, having been translated into
Swahili, will train the first local Church Guide. The Pastor will
then become a Coordinator to oversee her.
3. This new guide will be given a Stonecroft Guidebook
and 10 Stonecroft ‘Who is Jesus?’ 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 Bible Study. Once
the ‘Who is Jesus?’ Bible Study is completed she will
train the 5 key women to become the third generation Stonecroft
Guides, using this training video and the Africa Stonecroft Bible
4. She will become a Coordinator to oversee these
5 new guides.
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 Bible Study a maximum of 2 each. Remember Bible
Studies should be ideally no more than 10 women.
8. Once the ‘Who is Jesus?’ Bible Study
is completed she 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 within the Trinity series initially.
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 who will initially be the Pastor.
11. As time progresses further Coordinators will
be trained as the network widens, a further video will cater to
12. Remember - Divide to Multiply!
13. Multiplication is better than addition!
‘Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Do all your work in love’ 1 Corinthians
16: 13 – 14
Under the leadership of Apostle David Akondowi
ATBS has been led into a variety of projects including the
A new 22 week Moringa children's curriculum
has been established and this has been introduced into a
school in Malawi as a pilot project.
We are hoping soon, subject to permission
from Stonecroft to introduce a youth version of their Bible
Studies for the senior girls in the school and to the teens
within the ATBS church family.