Conversation Magazine Issue 3: The postmodernity issue

  The new issue of the iServe Africa publication Conversation Magazine is out now! And at 44 pages packed with insightful articles and thought-provoking comment on cutting edge issues you don’t want to miss this one. Here’s Lydia Maingi’s editorial: Post-modernism is a big word, but is it relevant to Kenyans today? Surely it cannot be that big a problem in the country. While these may be the sentiments of some, I…

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Raising the Bar – Which bar?

A good friend told me recently he was trying to lower the bar when it came to preaching in his church. And I completely agreed with him. My friend’s concern was that in his church – a sound, conservative evangelical, faithful Bible preaching church – Word ministry had become professionalised – certainly in the perception of most of the congregation – so that it was considered to be the preserve of…

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5 reasons why we love small group Bible studies

The power of community – Most cultures value meeting together and discussing serious matters as a group. It seems that the early church met in homes throughout the week, eating, praying, praising, talking about Jesus together (Acts 2:42-47; 12:12; 20:8; 1 Corinthians 16:19). These house gatherings are a great context for letting ‘the word of God dwell in you [plural] richly, teaching and admonishing one another’ (Colossians 3:16). The power of…

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Ministry Training: The Big Five

We have three main Ministry Training Weeks through the iServe Africa apprenticeship year – in August/September, December and April. The idea of these MTC weeks is for apprentices to come back together from placements all over Kenya, to debrief, be encouraged and particularly to receive training in the five areas: Servant leadership – gaining a true biblical understanding of gospel ministry; apprentices understanding themselves as servants and growing in servant-heartedness. Faithful…

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Internship or Apprenticeship? What’s the difference?

It’s not good to argue about words and split hairs. Different people mean different things by ‘internship’ and ‘apprenticeship’. What one church calls an ‘intern’ might be very similar to what we prefer to call in iServe Africa an ‘apprentice’. On the other hand, the UK/US TV series ‘The Apprentice’ has very little to do with what we mean by apprenticeship and looks more like an extreme internship. So the…

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What is apprenticeship and mentoring all about?

At iServe Africa we really believe in apprenticeship. This is where character is formed, convictions tested, skilful hands and warm hearts developed. But what is apprenticeship? Here is a key text for us: “But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he was served with me in the work of the gospel.” (Phil. 2:20) Obviously Paul was pretty unique in some ways but…

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