Outward-looking

In his preface to the revised (2004) edition of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Pastor Mark Dever has a very interesting potential ‘tenth mark’: “If I had to add one more mark to what you’re about to read, it wouldn’t be missions or prayer or worship; but it would touch on all of those things. I think that I would add that we want our congregations to be outward-looking. We…

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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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