Poverty, tribalism, orphans, HIV/AIDS, lack of education, and corruption. Those are just a short list of issues facing modern Kenya. As Christ followers we know they are only symptoms of a greater core problem, the lack of the influence of the Holy Spirit to transform lives. This discipleship process happens as God's people gather in Christ exhalting churches to worship the true and living God. This is why Calvary Chapel of Githurai has aligned itself with more than 1o0 other Calvary Chapel churches to help plant 500 healthy Bible teaching and Spirit filled churches by 2017.
We do this with Mentoring:
Jesus used a mentor model with His disciples, as was the typical rabbinical approach. He spent about a 1,000 days with them … some lessons you can never learn simply by reading books. We use a mentor model so church planters (disciples) are trained by a Calvary Chapel pastor that has been used by God to plant a church. The mentor pastor and potential planters meet regularly to develop and strengthen a relationship that will continue long after the new church is planted. In addition, we seek to intentionally to ensure that planters (and their families) are encouraged, edified and equipped.
In a small group setting potential church platers will discover: who should plant, what Calvary Chapel is (our philosophy of ministry and core values), why new churches should be planted, and best practices for planting a Calvary Chapel. There is a strong emphasis on teacher training to develop expository preaching skills. Prospective church planters will not only have their preaching critiqued, they are expected to serve in ministry while in class.
Potential church planters are only accepted into Shepherd's School by application. Accepted students will be together from 9-10:30am on Saturdays from 4 May, 2013. Classes will last for 14-months and students can expect two to three hours of homework every week. There is a schedule in the application.