Disciple-Making Leaders Advanced Track

2017 European Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Advanced Track

The Advanced Disciple-Making Leaders Network is a rich learning community continuing the growth of disciple-makers who face ministry opportunities as well as significant challenges. Participants will be reminded to rely on God’s abounding resources as they continue to build up others into maturity in Christ. Speakers in this network will distill biblical truth and describe best practice for teaching disciples in the home, at church, as well as other ministries and employment. Participants will also spend significant time discussing and applying what they’ve learned in order to make concrete plans on how to apply it locally. In addition to providing quality content, a key focus for the network is building lasting relationships that help resource and support one another as they build up disciples. One hope is that this learning dynamic will also continue through the year in triads formed during the week who continue to learn together and support one another. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

NETWORK LEADERS

Jay Eastman was born and raised in the US, attending The Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school. He has degrees in English and English education. He is married to Holly and they have three lively and often lovely children. He has taught English around the world and has served in former East Berlin as an evangelist, discipler and church planting facilitator with Mission to the World (MTW) since 2001. Jay also serves as an MTW team leader and European director of ongoing education and professional development for MTW employees and partners. He also serves as a consultant with Global Training and Development, providing strategic innovation and implementation for cross-cultural ministries.

 

Emanuel Țundrea grew up in communist Romania, but the faith of his parents had a huge impact on him. As a student he was involved in discipleship and during those years his student groups grew from 2 colleagues to more than 50. In 2001, he joined the staff at Emanuel University of Oradea where he is serving now. He completed his PhD in software engineering in conjunction with University of Nice, France, and then he earned his MA in Pastoral Theology in Oradea. He is also currently serving as pastor of “Emanuel” Baptist Church of Tinca. Both his involvement in academics and in the church aim to evangelise and mature disciples for Christ. He is married to Nadia and has three boys.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

 

Andrzej Bajeński serves as the head of the Church of Christ in Poland and oversees 40 churches and multiple fellowships on their way to formalizing into new churches.  Under his pastoral leadership, Pulawska Church of Warsaw grew to become the largest evangelical church in Poland. Pulawska was the first to go multi-site and has since multiplied churches throughout the greater Warsaw area. Just over 12 years ago, Andrzej transitioned the leadership of Puławska Church to his assistant pastors so that his time could be spent helping revitalize struggling churches throughout Poland, developing church leadership, and planting new churches. He created ProEcclesia: Center for Church Development which is paving the way for a movement of discipleship and church planting. Andrzej lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife Urszula. He and Urszula have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

 

Ann Pritchard Blaser has two degrees in education and taught school in the public school system.  She has been actively involved in Bible Study Fellowship for thirty years training leaders and teaching women to study the Bible.  She taught the study of Scripture for twenty-two years with classes of as many as 650 women and leadership groups of over seventy.  Ann's ministry has recently changed and now she is advising and shepherding other teaching leaders.  In addition to BSF she has traveled overseas to do women's conferences where she helps women to learn how to study the Bible systematically and how to write lectures and teach others.  Ann and her husband Bill have two grown children who are following Christ and two young grandsons. 

 

 

Jim Cecy is a regular speaker at the European Leadership Forum. He serves as Senior Pastor-Teacher of Campus Bible Church in Fresno, California. Jim is also founder and President of JARON Ministries International, a training ministry for Christian leaders in the U.S. and abroad. He has a Masters of Divinity in Bible Exposition from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary. He is a conference and seminar speaker for hundreds of churches, schools, seminars, conference centers, Christian groups, and denominations in U.S. and abroad. Jim is the author of Mastering the Scriptures: A Self-Study Course in Effective Bible Study.  He has been married for almost forty-five years and has ten grandchildren and three foster-grandchildren.

 

Gelu Paul grew up most of his life in communist Romania.  In 1981 Gelu moved to Timisoara for college education and joined a small group of evangelical Christian students trained by Campus Crusade for Christ to share Christ on the college campus. By 1989, the underground college student ministry reached 60 small groups and several hundred disciples. In 1995 Gelu earned his M. Div at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and in 2013 he completed his PhD in educational sciences at Trinity International University. He is currently serving as the coordinating pastor of “VOX Domini,” a multi-site Baptist church in Timisoara. Gelu also serves as the strategic coordinator and president of BIG Impact, a movement of local churches with global Impact, and as president and founder of Estera Foundation, a counseling center for women with unplanned pregnancies and their families. His involvement in non-traditional theological education, dynamic church planting, and the social services helps him evangelize, mature disciples, and launch leaders in the ministry. He is married to Lidija and has two kids: Ioana (16) and Johnny (13).

 

Judy Streeter and her husband Tom have worked to develop churches that emphasise worship, community, small groups, sound teaching, discipleship, and meaningful engagement with culture. Believing that evangelism and the strength of the church are only as effective as the disciple-making process, she has developed materials to facilitate women in properly nurturing growth in others.  Her book, Disciplemaking: Doing What Christ Commanded, summarises her understanding and passion in this area.  Music occupies a high place in Judy’s life in the church and as a teacher and performer. Always ready to travel, she and Tom have led Reformation tours in Europe.

 

Tom Streeter served for 33 years as the teaching elder of the church he planted in Zionsville, Indiana, and now serves as the fulltime director of The Institute for Christian Thought, an organization he founded in 1997 with the aim of calling followers of Christ to a full-orbed life of thinking and living Christianly. With over 50 years experience in pastoral ministry, and having planted churches in Illinois and Indiana, his work has been characterized by a devotion to worship, community, developing disciples within the context of the local church and a focus upon believers discerningly engaging the world in their various callings. His lifelong studies in theology, the church, and history have included tours focused upon the Reformation in Europe and the First Great Awakening in upper New England.

 

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

The Gospel of Grace for Leaders
Jay Eastman

The task of making and leading disciples of all nations is enormous and can be daunting, thus Paul encourages the church to be “filled with the fullness of God” as they develop in shepherding and shaping followers of Christ. This first portion of session one will focus the group on the overwhelming strength, love, knowledge, and God’s glorious riches that are at their disposal as they faithfully fulfill the Great Commission.

Encountering the Gospel
Tom Streeter and Judy Streeter

Because of His great love and care, God has provided purpose and meaningful existence for humans made in His image. The Great Commission should be seen as restorative and related to the Creation Mandate. It is a commitment to expanding the Kingdom of God by proclaiming the gospel of grace, making disciples in whatever spheres of life followers of Christ find themselves, and the restoration of what it means to be truly human. It explains God’s great love for us, His grace, unconditional forgiveness, acceptance, and the redemption of all things through Christ.  Becoming a disciple of Jesus means becoming a life-long learner with a purpose. The individual impact of this gospel input will be continued around tables in small groups.

Gospel Application to Ministry
Emanuel Tundrea

The power of the gospel changes us and impacts others through us. Emmanuel will describe how God is changing lives in Romania and the power of multiplication in discipleship. Specific applications and questions will be discussed in table-groups with coaches.

Network Night

During this special evening, the Advanced and Foundational Disciple-Making Leaders Networks will join together at a private home in Wisla for delicious dessert and warm fellowship. Mark Stirling and Jay Eastman will welcome the group and participants will spend the remaining time getting to know one another personally and deepening relationships beyond what the day-time schedule allows. This was a highlight of the group last year and we look forward to a rich blessing again this year. 

 


 

Day 2

Discipleship Solutions to Real Challenges
Andrzej Bajeński

This session focuses on where members of the network find themselves in real-life opportunities and challenges of disciple-making and leadership. The purpose will be to provide direction and momentum in those particular situations where one feels stuck or at a loss of what to do. Participants will be contacted by March 2017 and asked what ministry situations they are facing. There will be extended time for Q&A and small group discussion as well. 

 


 

Day 3

Peter’s ‘Downward Mobility’ as a Path to Healthy Humility (Joint session with the Foundational Disciple-Making Network)
Hans Bayer

False notions of humility in the Greco-Roman and in the contemporary, Western world tend to shape our view of humility. Self-abasing misconceptions of humility are, likewise, misleading. As a follower of Christ, Peter endures a progressive, ‘downward mobility’, in the course of which he discovers a robust, healthy, and God-centered humility (1 Peter 5:5b–7).

Key Tools for Discipleship and Leadership
Ann Pritchard Blaser, Jim Cecy, and Gelu Paul

On this day, a panel of speakers will share their experience and best practice principles for multiplying disciple-makers. They will also cover their most effective methodologies used in practical application in day-to-day ministry. This session will allow participants to gain new approaches to discipleship and re-sharpen disciple-making tools for more effective use.  Time will also be reserved at the end of this session for Q&A. 
 


 

Day 4

Application and Action Planning
Jay Eastman, Emanuel Tundrea, Tom Streeter, and Judy Streeter

On this day the network will quickly review the material that has been covered and then introduce a written template which will guide each participant in not only applying what has been learned but also generating a written plan for discipleship and leadership ministry growth. Thus, each network member will leave the Forum with a concrete discipleship approach to implement at home. This will enable the resources of the network to extend and grow beyond good ideas, conversations, and input to take root in harvest fields all over Europe and bear fruit in the lives of people who were not at the Forum. 


 

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