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Testament Church of God- the Big Move
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The Big Move is part of our plans for the future. What
is the Big Move? It is an acronym, which I will briefly explain.
:: Building Committed Confident Leaders
The Church stands or falls on leadership. Leaders will be committed and
confident when they are sure about their faith and their calling, when
their finances are in place and their family is secured. They will give
excellent service to their church and community when they learn how to
prioritise their activities, making allowances for times of rest, relaxation
:: Informing and Impacting our Youth
Our young people are our most precious asset. In them lies the future
of our church. Through our programmes and relationships with them they
must know, without a shadow of a doubt that they are a part of the church
now. How we care for them, how we communicate with them and how we guide
them will determine their long-term commitment to the church.
:: Growing Healthy Churches
What constitutes a healthy church? Is it numbers, finances, programmes
or is it the building? All these things are important and have their place,
but a healthy church has to be one that is fulfilling the command of Christ
to make disciples who in turn will spread the news of His redemptive love.
:: Mobilising the Church for Ministry and Missions
The paradigm for doing ministry and missions must change. A few people,
often working single handed to do the work of the church, will not suffice
in the 21 st century. Gifted, talented people in our congregations must
be empowered and released to do the work of ministry in the church. The
romantic affair we have with missions must stop. Our response to world
missions must go beyond an emotional response to disaster or hardship
somewhere in the ‘third world’. Missions must become lifestyle
for our church.
:: Offering Hope and Leadership to our Community
The church must be the voice of the voiceless. There is a dearth of effective
leadership in our community and in some neighbourhoods violence and crime
reign. Government and Civic Leaders do not have the answers. It is in
climates like these that injustices triumph and the poor and the needy
are crushed. Leaders at every level must be trained to serve their communities.
:: Valuing our Women and our Men
“The Times are a Changing.” When the History of our church
is fully written, it will be seen that women played a major role in making
the church what it is. As we learn to value our women and empower and
release them into different areas of ministries, they will play an even
more dynamic role in furthering the church’s goals. Our men likewise
must be helped to fulfil their roles, not only in the church, but also
in society as a whole. The next generation of black men must be prepared
for leadership now.
:: Evangelising our Communities
If evangelism is the heartbeat of the church then this vital ministry
cannot be left to a selected few, neither must it be a separate event
confined to summer seasons nor relegated to the senior citizens of our
church. Evangelism must be restored to the priority position Jesus intended
These seven points will form the basis of our programmes over the next
four years and hopefully lay the foundations for the years beyond that.
We have been in consultation with over 1,000 key leaders in the past four
months. Their contributions have been documented and will form part of
the programme we are developing. This will be a programme that will be
delivered at both the national and local levels.
We are “Moving Forward Together!”
Eric A. Brown
England & Wales