by Richard Wade (Shofar Head Office)
At the end of 2014, Shofar’s pastors gathered for the annual pastors’ summit at our Franschhoek campsite. Amongst other pressing matters, we talked about our church planting strategy and evaluated the process and successes up to that point.
What came from these discussions was that we needed to slow down a touch in our church planting pursuits and, as a ministry, channel our efforts into three measurable areas. More specifically, we felt led to invite and include the broader Shofar movement to partner with us as we trust God for the nations.
Pastor Fred has shared two key scriptures around this:
“Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” Numbers 14:9 (NKJV)
“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” Psalm 2:8 (NIV)
The above scripture is echoed in our vision as a church movement of reaching nations and generations through disciple-making, leadership development and church planting.
We identified three core focus areas for 2015 as part of what we called the ‘harvest campaign’. They are:
• the Himalayan church network leadership conference
• our Shofar Europe church plant in the Netherlands
• the Shofar Malawi church network
So how can we get involved?
As congregations and small groups, we’re asking the Lord of the harvest for our inheritance. More specifically, this year, we’re praying and giving into the following areas:
The Himalayan church network leadership conference (May)
During this time we look specifically at why we go out to the nations. watch videos >
Our Shofar Europe church plant in the Netherlands (July)
This includes a focus on church planting and why it’s important. watch videos >
The Shofar Malawi church network (August)
Here we also look at the impact of our church ‘DNA’. more info coming soon.
• contribute towards the Europe church plant in Utrecht, Netherlands
• contribute to the growth and consolidation of the Malawi church network
Giving to the harvest campaign is easy. You can make donations via SnapScan or by EFT:
Account: Shofar Apostolic Fund
Branch code: 198765
Account number: 1192006690
Reference: Harvest 2015
Thank you for partnering with us in bringing in the harvest!
Visit www.shofaronline.org/harvest for more information, resources and videos on the Harvest.
If you haven’t watched the harvest videos with your small group, you can do so on Shofar TV. They include great ideas for how you can become involved both in our global areas of focus and in your immediate community.