Building the royal Church

The Free Baptist Church ‘De Wijngaard’ in Leeuwarden and Royal Mission are entering into a very special collaboration this season. I would like to tell you something about it, because I am extremely enthusiastic about this process. It corresponds to the dream we have at Royal Mission. On the website, that dream is expressed in our vision: “Based on our passion for the kingdom of God, we dream of a revival in the church, so that the ‘royal church’ comes into being. We believe that discipleship is an important key to this.” This is our sincere desire, but at the same time it is a challenge to put this vision into practice. One of the ways we do this is through the schools we have. The Full-time School for young people and the Part-time School for adults. We see that these courses are life-changing for the young people and adults who participate. Our approach is that these students with new passion and vision are contagious in their congregation, in order to bring about a change in their church. However, in practice it is difficult. As an individual, you can feel like someone crying in the wilderness in church and even become disappointed. Our conclusion is that the training we offer is a great blessing to the people who participate in it, but that it does not yet fully meet our dream of a revival in churches. What it starts with is a church community that recognizes that it is called to make God’s Kingdom visible in a very concrete way and that wants to disciple its members with that goal. God’s Kingdom can be brought closer not only through great services or campaigns, but also at your work, at school, in the street, in the neighborhood, in your family. It is itLike this very worth itover there to focus on and train in a targeted manner. That is building the royal church. A training with that goal is much more than a course‘How do I become a spontaneous Christian?’ . It requires onedrastic change from within through the working of God’s Spirit. We want to facilitate and help in this. Education has the potential to be life-changing, as has been shown, but it depends on the extent to which you want and dare to look at yourself. As I said, we are embarking on that adventure with De Wijngaard in Leeuwarden. I rightly call it an adventure, because that is what it is for this municipality as well as for us. It shows courage that this church wants to choose to radically change course by being a church in a different way. Being a church from the neighborhood and training the people in the church to live royally where they are. It has quite a few consequences for this municipality. We will be training the municipality for a year from January. This means a plenary training every two weeks. The house circles become learning teams and leaders are trained to become pioneers. In the learning teams, as a result of the training evenings, encouragement will be given, plans will be made, prayers will be shared, but sometimes hard nuts will also be cracked. All this is necessary, because the stakes are very high. Contrary to what we sometimes tell each other, the world, which also includes your immediate living environment, longs for a view of the Kingdom. The church has communicated for too long (sometimes unintentionally) that it is an exclusive group of people who know everything better. As far as I’m concerned, those days are over and we’re leavingnext people stand with the honest story, in order to bring Lord Jesus close to people. All this is quite exciting for us too.Each However, change is exciting, but I believe it is a step that brings us closer to realizing our dream…

About Martin Dol

Getrouwd met Annemarije en vader van 3. Hoofd Onderwijs binnen Royal Mission en gek van geo-cachen.

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