I believe the work of a pastor is to oversee a church, whereas the work of an evangelist is to organize new churches (Eph 4:11). These offices should not be confused. It will be that of an evangelist that I hope to organize Strict and Particular Baptist churches in the Philippines. I will focus on two primary goals:

First, to organize new churches.

I hope to follow the example of the Apostle Paul, by preaching in public places and private houses (Acts 20:20). Rather than getting distracted with funding new building projects, I aim to encourage new churches to meet in houses (as was the practice during the days of the Apostles). Each house church will therefore be relatively small in number. However, if there are ten members working full time jobs, and each member gives a tithe, then the church will be able to financially support a full time pastor. In my view, it is more important for a church to fund a full time pastor, before buying property and building a chapel. Furthermore, by organizing several house churches in a single community, the gospel will be better positioned to infiltrate more parts of the community. Rather than organizing one church in a community with the goal of, let’s say, 500 members, I will be seeking to organize 20 churches in a community which would average a membership of 25-30 each. I believe this vision follows the pattern on how the Apostle Paul organized churches during the first century.

Second, to train gospel ministers.

I hope to follow the guidance of the Apostle Paul—“The things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Tim 1:2) The methodology of instruction will be that of informal mentoring, rather than setting up a formal school. The number of men I will train at any given time will be restricted to 12. Not only will this help improve the quality of training (so that I don’t spread myself too thin), but it will also help preserve my energies (so that I don’t burn out). These gospel ministers will work with me (even as they are being trained), by preaching as evangelists (organizing new churches) or pastoring the newly organized churches.

Elna will serve at my side. In addition to supporting my work as an evangelist, she would also like to get involved with humanitarian outreach. The exact type of ministry she will pursue cannot be known until we are on location doing the work.


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