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LFTF is an ongoing series of interviews with field-experienced cross-cultural workers and their support networks. LFTF aims to give an insight into what is required to go where the Gospel isn't and how to be effective in church-planting.

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LFTF is an ongoing series of interviews with field-experienced cross-cultural workers and their support networks. LFTF aims to give an insight into what is required to go where the Gospel isn't and how to be effective in church-planting.

    8. Difficulties in Church Planting

    8. Difficulties in Church Planting

    Jason Birkin and his wife Shirley spent many years church planting in the Philippines, today they continue to work alongside the local church there. We asked him the question –



    What was the most difficult thing you faced during your time as a church planter overseas?



    Simon:              Well hello everybody and welcome
    back to the Lessons from the Field podcast. Podcast where we ask cross cultural
    church planters the hard questions about ministry and life overseas amongst
    unreached people groups. I’m here with Brad as usual.



    Brad:                Hi Simon.



    Simon:              Hey Brad, thanks so much for
    joining us again, thank you to everyone who’s here listening along. It’s great
    to have you.



    Brad:                [inaudible 00:00:34] getting
    questions coming in?



    Simon:              Yeah, that’s right.
    Lessonsfromthefield.org is our website. There’s a contact form there. You can
    ask questions and we will-



    Brad:                Keep them coming.



    Simon:              We will put them to the best
    person that we can think of to answer that question.



    Brad:                So that’s good, isn’t it? We
    want it to be interactive, right? So people are bringing in questions, send
    them into the website and we’ll get them out to people on the field.



    Simon:              Yeah, we’ve got a good network of
    people that we can contact their Bible translators, church planters, et cetera.
    So yeah, let us know. This episode as always is brought to you by AccessTruth.
    You can visit AccessTruth at accesstruth.com. There’s plenty of resources there
    which are really helpful in learning more and being equipped to take the good
    news to the ends of the earth. Today we want to talk to you about an event that
    cross view is putting on, is that right, Brad?



    Brad:                Yeah, we can do that.



    Simon:              Sort of an event.



    Brad:                Yeah. So May next year we’re
    putting on an exposure trip called Explore. So Explore, Simon is a 12 day
    exposure trip journeying through Thailand, Indonesia, Java, and Bali. We’ll let
    The Book of X guide us as we consider what it takes for the gospel to spread.
    So we’re going to be looking at four different worldviews, three major
    religions. Over two nations. So there’ll be one team, one epic journey as we-



    Simon:              One team, one epic journey.



    Brad:                [inaudible 00:02:09] but it’s an
    opportunity for people to engage with a great commission. To be able to see I
    guess firstly how that applies practically to their life and also it helps them
    ask the question what’s it going to take to cross borders and barriers to
    effectively communicate God’s love to people in another culture and language
    group?



    Simon:              Okay, so you do, I believe it’s
    structured in a way that you go out, you do stuff in the commun

    7. Walk The Talk

    7. Walk The Talk

    In episode 7 of Lessons from the Field we talk with Bill Housley. Bill and Kelley Housley are missionaries in Papua New Guinea. They have been working in church planting and translating the New Testament into a minority language. We asked the question:



    How would you describe the relationship between teaching God’s Word and discipleship in a pioneering church planting context? 







    Simon:              Well, hello everybody. Welcome
    back to the Lessons from the Field podcast. Lessons from the Field is a podcast
    produced by Access Truth, and Access Truth actually has a brand new resource
    that we want to tell you about. It’s called Equip Engine. And I’ve got Brad
    here as you know.



    Brad:                Hey Simon.



    Simon:              Hey Brad. And now tell us a little
    bit about what Equip Engine is.



    Brad:                Well, it’s brand new. Access
    Truth have developed this over a lengthy period of time.



    Simon:              A couple of years, right?



    Brad:                And rolled it out recently. Yep.
    And at Cross View, the way that we train is through a program called the
    Connect Program ministry training discipleship, cross-cultural ministry
    discipleship program, and people are spread out all over the country, and the
    way that they’ll learn will be through this online portal, Equip Engine.



    Simon:              Yeah.



    Brad:                And we’ve loaded up all their
    courses under that and the students and participants in the Connect Program can
    begin mentored through their learning using Equip Engine. So yeah, suits their
    needs perfectly.



    Simon:              Yeah. A Quip Engine is a learning
    management system designed for churches, Bible schools, mission agencies, small
    groups, et cetera.



    Brad:                Churches, yeah.



    Simon:              Small groups, big groups. It’s
    pretty flexible and basically you can create your own courses with tutorials,
    videos, audio files, PDFs, quizzes, interaction between the teachers or mentors
    and the students and also facilitates group discussions so people can respond
    to each tutorial or lesson privately. But then there’s also a public forum
    available there as well. So it’s really flexible.



    Brad:                Yeah.



    Simon:              And yeah, it’s aimed at Christian
    groups of any description. So if you’re interested in that, you can go to
    equipengine.com.



    Brad:                You can get some different
    packages, Simon. So depending on how many users you want.



    Simon:              That’s right.



    Brad:                How many courses you want to
    load up on there. So there’s different packages available to suit your needs.



    Simon:              That’s an important point. The
    Access Truth cros

    6. Do You Regret It?

    6. Do You Regret It?

    In episode 6 of Lessons from the Field we talk with Todd Gerst, a church planter and Bible translator who worked in Papua New Guinea (See the video His Gift to Gie). He and his wife Karen spent 15 years working in PNG and seeing several churches established, elders appointed, and the fruit of new birth apparent in countless lives. Todd is now Lead Pastor at Warsaw Community Church in Indiana, USA. We asked the question:



    If you were 25 years old again would you still choose the same path for your life?



    Speaker
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    Resource. For more information, visit accesstruth.com.



    Simon:              Hi everyone. Welcome back to the
    Lessons From The Field Podcast. I’ve got Brad with me, as always.



    Brad:                Simon, how are you, mate?



    Simon:              Good thanks, Brad. And, it’s a
    beautiful day here in Western Sydney, 33 degrees Centigrade, Celsius, Kelvin,
    whatever you want to use. Whatever it is, it’s not Fahrenheit, because I’m
    pretty sure… What’s 33 in Fahrenheit, Brad?



    Brad:                Move on.



    Simon:              Okay. You’re the one who lived in
    Colorado three years or whatever it was.



    Brad:                I can’t do that. I can’t do
    that.



    Simon:              Okay.



    Brad:                There is a formula, I forget it.



    Simon:              Yeah, yeah. Okay.



    Brad:                Let me go just grab a phone.



    Simon:              Yeah. All right. Today we’re here
    talking with Todd Gerst again. You might remember him from the last two
    episodes. Today we’ve got a bit of an interesting question. It’s one that comes
    up a lot, I think, Brad. It’s the sort of thing that we talk about just in our
    culture in general, in Western culture, we often talk about this, don’t we? We
    talk about reliving our lives from a certain point. People say, if only I was
    21 again.



    Brad:                Right, go back and do it again.



    Simon:              Yeah. And in a mission context, a
    church planting context, especially because it’s such a learning process, isn’t
    it? There’s so many things you learn along the way. God sanctifies us, he
    teaches us things, and we look back and we go man, if only I’d listened to God
    earlier, if I’d done that sooner. There’s a lot of if onlys.



    Brad:                Yeah, yeah, either way. So even
    when you do something that you think is wholeheartedly the right thing to do,
    you can still doubt itself, right?



    Simon:              Yeah, yeah.



    Brad:                You can still look at other
    options you could have taken and still maybe even have regrets.



    Simon:              I think sometimes we can do that
    kind of pridefully

    • 12 min
    5. The US Church & Missions

    5. The US Church & Missions

    In episode 5 of Lessons from the Field we talk with Todd Gerst, a church planter and Bible translator who worked among the Maleu people in Papua New Guinea (See the video His Gift to Gie). He and his wife Karen spent 15 years working with the Maleu people seeing several churches established, elders appointed, and the fruit of new birth apparent in countless lives. Todd is now Lead Pastor at Warsaw Community Church in Indiana, USA. We asked the question:



    What are some of your observations of the approach to missions that is current in the U.S. church?



    Simon:              Hi everyone. Great to have you
    back on the Lessons From the Field podcast. I’m here with Brad.



    Brad:                Hi Simon.



    Simon:              And Brad and I are back again to
    be talking to some people from the field. Some people who have worked in cross-cultural
    church planting in least rich people groups.



    Brad:                What have we got today, man?



    Simon:              Today we’re back with Todd Gerst,
    who we talked to last week, so if you want to know about him just go back and
    listen to last week’s episode, episode number four.



    Brad:                He’s that American bloke right?



    Simon:              He’s an American dude.



    Brad:                Dude.



    Simon:              Yeah, that’s right. Okay. Cool.
    Now, [crosstalk 00:00:46] you did, but now, what I was going to say is, this
    podcast is all about answering tough questions.



    Brad:                Yep.



    Simon:              We throw those questions to field
    experienced cross-cultural workers, whether that’ll be Bible translators,
    church planning consultants, church planters, missionaries, et cetera.



    Brad:                Space for thoughtful questions
    coming in.



    Simon:              Yeah, that’s right and they’re,
    and they’re still coming. So please, if you have more questions to ask, of
    these people from the field, please go to lessonsfromthefield.org. We’ve got a
    form there where… which you can fill out. It’ll shoot us an email and then we
    will find-



    Brad:                Let’s get interactive.



    Simon:              Yeah, that’s right. We will find
    the best person to answer your question.



    Brad:                Cool.



    Simon:              And that’s what this podcast is
    all about. It’s about being useful and learning lessons.



    Brad:                Yeah. That’s right.



    Simon:              Yeah. Okay. So today we’re back
    with Todd and we asked Todd the question, what are some of your observations of
    the approach to missions that is current in the

    • 24 min
    4. Church Planting & Unreached People Groups

    4. Church Planting & Unreached People Groups

    In episode 4 of Lessons from the Field we talk with Todd Gerst, a church planter and Bible translator who worked among an unreached people group in Papua New Guinea (See the video His Gift to Gie). He and his wife Karen spent 15 years working with the Maleu people seeing several churches established, elders appointed, and the fruit of new birth apparent in countless lives. Todd is now Lead Pastor at Warsaw Community Church in Indiana, USA. We asked the question:



    What would you say is the single biggest factor in effective church planting in a least-reached people group?



    Simon:              Hi everyone. Great to have you back on the Lessons From the Field podcast. I’m here with Brad.



    Brad:                Hi Simon.



    Simon:              And Brad and I are back again to be talking to some people from the field. Some people who have worked in cross-cultural church planting in least rich people groups.



    Brad:                What have we got today, man?



    Simon:              Today we’re back with Todd Gerst, who we talked to last week, so if you want to know about him just go back and listen to last week’s episode, episode number four.



    Brad:                He’s that American bloke right?



    Simon:              He’s an American dude.



    Brad:                Dude.



    Simon:              Yeah, that’s right. Okay. Cool. Now, [crosstalk 00:00:46] you did, but now, what I was going to say is, this podcast is all about answering tough questions.



    Brad:                Yep.



    Simon:              We throw those questions to field experienced cross-cultural workers, whether that’ll be Bible translators, church planning consultants, church planters, missionaries, et cetera.



    Brad:                Space for thoughtful questions coming in.



    Simon:              Yeah, that’s right and they’re, and they’re still coming. So please, if you have more questions to ask, of these people from the field, please go to lessonsfromthefield.org. We’ve got a form there where… which you can fill out. It’ll shoot us an email and then we will find-



    Brad:                Let’s get interactive.



    Simon:              Yeah, that’s right. We will find the best person to answer your question.



    Brad:                Cool.



    Simon:              And that’s what this podcast is all about. It’s about being useful and learning lessons.



    Brad:                Yeah. That’s right.



    Simon:              Yeah. Okay. So today we’re back with Todd an

    • 21 min
    3. A Self-Replicating Team

    3. A Self-Replicating Team

    In this last of 3 introductory episodes we sit down with Paul Mac who along with his wife Linda worked among the Ata people in Papua New Guinea (See the Ata Story). We ask the question:



    In the process of church planting, how do you go about building a ministry team that will replicate and disciple others to see that the work is passed on?



    Simon:                  Hello
    and welcome back to Lessons from the Field. Lesson from the Field is a podcast
    where myself, Simon and Brad over there.



    Brad:                     Hi
    Simon.



    Simon:                  Hey
    Brad. We talk about cross-cultural missions. We interview people from the field
    as the name implies, people who have worked in a cross-cultural context. We
    also have contacts with church planting consultants, language learning
    consultants, et cetera.



    Brad:                     Bible
    translators.



    Simon:                  Bible
    translators, that’s a good one. And so if you have any tough questions that you
    want to ask, please by all means, you can visit our website,
    @lessonsfromthefield.org and you’ll find a little contact page there. You can
    send us a question, we will send out feelers, we’ll see who will be the best
    contacts to answer that question for you and we’ll get them on and we’ll answer
    that question for you. So please send in the questions.



    Simon:                  Now,
    this is episode three. We’ve been talking in the previous two episodes about
    laying a foundation for our values and our principles and our goals in longterm
    missions. We’ve talked about unreached people groups, the greatest resources
    that are needed. How we just really need people to invest.



    Brad:                     Yeah.
    We want people.



    Simon:                  Yeah.
    We need people to invest their lives in seeing churches planted around the
    world. And we’ve talked about how we need to have a longterm view and that we
    have to have a picture of God’s goals, otherwise we won’t see any results. If
    we don’t have any goals, we don’t have principles, we don’t have a strategy,
    then we’re not going to see anything really happen.



    Brad:                     Yeah.



    Simon:                  And
    so in this episode, we’re going to continue with that theme of laying the
    foundation of the things we believe. We’ve got Paul [inaudible 00:02:19]. Paul
    was a cross-cultural worker in Papua New Guinea with his wife for many years
    and is now a church planting consultant. They travel all over the world. And so
    we asked him the question, in the process of church planting, how do you go
    about building a ministry team that will replicate and disciple others to see
    that the work is passed on?



    Paul:                      From
    our own experience, my own experience of working with a group in Papua New
    Guinea, I think we went convinced from the beginning that we weren’t there to
    be … Even the term missionary

    • 18 min

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