What might happen in our town or village?
Local churches determine the exact nature of the mission programme – it is a partnership with TFM. Here are some sample menus to help a church thinking of participating in the Walk or a team member who is thinking of joining a team. The key thing is to devise a programme attractive to non-church people.
Village Mission: 4 days Saturday – Wednesday
Sat. Team walk to the village by 5pm. Welcome event + evening outreach BBQ and later pub evangelism
Sun. Team preach & take part in church & chapel (a.m.). They run a family fun day in the afternoon, and a Songs of Praise in the evening
Mon. School assembly + visiting door-to-door in the daytime. Coffee mornings in two homes of church folk. Evening: youth event in village hall
Tue. Further visiting. Old folks lunch. Evening main meeting with prayer for healing.
Wed. Team walk to next place to begin their mission there …
Town Mission: 8 days Saturday – Sunday
Many aspects will be similar to the village programme. Here are some additional opportunities:
Schools. May be several visits – secondary as well as primary
Evenings. Flexibility to put on more events e.g. ladies meal, men’s event
Teams. Might need more than one team to reach the community well
Night of Colour. Could ask Daniel Cozens to show his paintings and share the gospel in that setting
Youth. Might be able to use our specialist youth teams
Jesus’ sending out of the 72 in Luke Chapter 10 has been the TFM model. In particular we have embraced simplicity: Team members come without cars, mobile phones or credit cards, only bringing £2 per day to engage in pub evangelism.
– They trust in God for provision of food and other necessities
– Teams of Walkers take this simplicity a stage further, carrying their own packs and sleeping on hall floors. (The mixed teams of Walk associates, for practical reasons, sleep in the homes of church members).
Team members all sign up to a “Spiritual Rule of Life and Holiness” for the mission. TFM have found this common rule of Christian living to be of great benefit in helping people to grow as disciples of Jesus. Moving beyond the fringe of Church does not mean leaving the Church behind. TFM values its partnership at a local and regional level.
The Making of Disciples
Hit and Run evangelism is avoided and the making of disciples is taken seriously. Within 48 hours those who have responded to the Gospel are offered a visit from a team member or a local Christian and participating churches are expected to have Nurture Groups in place. Through Faith Missions will provide two courses called “On The way” and “Going with God” for churches that do not have their own discipleship course.
How the Good News is Shared
Walkers have a friendly image and their approach to evangelism is gentle and non-aggressive, yet bold. They will go into pubs and, with the aid of Gospel Beer Mats, speak of Jesus there. That’s the boldness aspect. They will also go into schools, colleges, workplaces, homes, churches, and chapels, parish halls, open air sites and from door to door with a Personal Beliefs Questionnaire. Preaching, as well as conversation, is at the heart of it, as is prayer for healing in accordance with the
Youth and Children
Reaching young people will be an important part of this mission. TFM are seeking to put together an exciting programme of culturally-relevant evangelism that will engage with the emerging generation. As well as working with well-known youth organisations with expertise in schools work and youth evangelism, we are hoping to involve many local young people in a variety of outreach initiatives. Separate publicity leaflets will give details of the youth and children’s programme.
While meeting with a friend over lunch, he shared with me about his latest project. He is organising a special Walk through villages and towns in his county in the UK. It is part of TFM that seeks to promote such initiatives in which hundreds of folk take part to be a blessing to those whom they meet along the way. Learn more on their site: http://www.t-f-m.org.uk/Index.asp?MainID=1898
22 September 2010
“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” — Barbara Bush