And we celebrate them all and think them all crucial to reaching those far from God. Our approach is borrowed from our brothers and sisters in the African church. Over the past three decades or so, many countries in Africa have seen incredible revival, with congregations expanding faster than the church’s existing structures’ ability to keep up. There is so much need that it is simply inefficient to go through a lengthy process of church planting. Out of this urgency came the model of sending forth lay leaders (often called Catechists) to quickly and spontaneously respond to God’s call and further expand His church.
We were struck by this model. We found it beautiful in its simplicity and spontaneity. We believe it is a way we can address our own deeply felt desire to bring healing to the need we see among our communities. It has allowed us to eagerly and openly respond to God’s call on our lives and our organization.
Because of its nature, our approach to evangelism can look different in different contexts. But that is how it is designed. It allows for the diversity needed to reach all kinds of communities by all kinds of people no matter their race, ethnicity, or class.