I heard and took these notes many years ago. As I read back thru them recently, I was very thankful and saw how many of these simple thoughts formed my philosophy and practice of ministry. In no way are these infallible ideas or promised, success principles for ministry – but I do believe they can greatly help any missionary serving in any country.



1.  Start the first service with giving a offering – it reminds them, shows where the money goes, motivates them to give.

Four accounts for giving:

1)    Tithes – maintains local church (Have a Stewardship Month to teach Time, Talent & Treasure)

2)    Faith Promise (Have a Faith Promise month)

3)    Other (Building Fund)

4)    New Works – 10% of tithes – tell them we’ve been given and we should help give to start other churches so others can hear.

You can have four different people carry the four different purses of the different offerings – trustworthy people


2.  Do not set them up to fail

Buying things they cannot buy (SS curriculums, projectors, coffee machines, paying for buses & bus routes) and doing things they cannot do is just setting them up to fail when you leave

3.  Place national leadership in positions to fail

Seems contradictory to what was just said, but you should allow national leadership to try things they can’t do – how does a child learn to walk? by falling. They need to fall to get back up

Times to preach, to lead singing, lead the church, be in charge of certain ministries – this is never to embarrass them, rather let the do things so they stumble and learn to stand back up.

You cannot expect them to be leaders of churches one day if they never have opportunities to practice and fail while you are still there.

Jesus did it with the disciples in the storm, casting out of demons, etc. He was preparing them for when He would be gone.

Don’t over drive them (Genesis 33:13-14, II Corinthians 2:7) or you’ll kill them. As you personally have made mistakes and been given opportunities, they need the same treatment. Don’t expect them to change overnight when it has taken you years to get to where you are.

4.  Practice Church Discipline

Church Discipline is not to hurt people rather to make all aware that sin has consequences, to restore the people, to purify the church.

I Timothy 5:19-20; II Samuel 1:20

Galatians 6:1 – restore in meekness. We are commanded to restore, but we are commanded to do it “in meekness” (with love, gentleness, kindness). Yelling and beating someone over the head does not usually help the matter.

Matthew 18:15

1)    Go to him alone (this first step is almost always violated)

2)    Go with two or three others (remember, the goal is to get the person to realize this is not a joke and you are concerned and want to help)

3)    Go before the church

4)    Remove him – count him as a heathen (lost man)

Paul went so far that when someone would not fix it, he said he turned him over to the devil (I Corinthians 5:5). Many want to jump to this, but remember this was the last thing Paul did… and later in II Corinthians he wanted the church to love the man and help him.

Have the person (or people) in sin memorize Scripture – Psalm 51, 32; Colossians 3; Romans 6, etc.

As raising up children means disciplining them, the same thing applies for spiritual children – love them as your own children

5.  Planned Absences

Tell them I’m going to be gone

They may fail and attendance may go down, but they’ll learn and do even better in the future

6.  Have business meetings, men’s meetings, members meetings, leaders meetings

Allow any baptized church member that is not under discipline

It is usually best to have men’s meetings, but whoever is in the meeting needs to be shown that this is “their” church, not the missionary’s church

They need to do some deciding; they must learn to become self-governing


7.  Preach missions & soul winning messages to get them fired up


8.  Tell them about heroes of the faith and show them we need and God could raise up a Charles Spurgeon or DL Moody from this area.


9.  Allow them to think for themselves


10.  Give them responsibility


Tomorrow, the second half will be posted…


Here to Serve,

Jeff Bush

General Director of Vision Baptist Missions

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