Discipleship Training:The key to growth for the St. Petersburg Chinese Christian Church

 

In March 2011, in response to God’s calling and leading, my wife and I came to St. Petersburg Chinese Christian Church (“St. Petersburg Church”) to serve. In the blink of an eye, 8 years have passed. Looking back, these past 8 years were full of God’s grace, shown through the rapid growth of the St. Petersburg Church these past 8 years.

 

In March 2011, there were about 20 Sunday worship attendees, and 13 co-workers attending the first session of discipleship training. 8 years later, we now have around 90 worshippers attending Sunday service regularly. In addition, we now have 61 co-workers participating in church services. In 2016, we successfully started a second church in Vasilyevsky Island. Many new ministries, such as choir, worship team, and children’s Sunday school came into being one by one. The entire church is in a trend of steady   growth.

 

More important than the numbers, it is the growth of the brothers’ and sisters’ spiritual lives. Our congregation, especially the co-workers, in their personal devotion, pursuing truth, life development, and dedication to serve have all obviously improved. The speakers and pastors, including Rev. Luke Chang, Rev. Feng Bing Cheng, Brother Fan Shuea, and Dr. Rev. Wilfred Su, came to our gospel camps and they all praised the quality and service of the church co-workers.

 

All this growth is the result of God’s grace, the intercessory prayers of people like you, and many of the pastoral co-workers and their support. There are many factors for a church to grow, but to St. Petersburg Church, the most important factor is discipleship training.

 

Staring from April 2011 from our first session until now, there have been 107 people attending discipleship training. The training helps to train a great number of co-workers for the church. These co-workers are the driving force and the backbone of church development. No discipleship training, no co-worker; no co-worker, no ministry.

 

Discipleship training is the core value of St. Petersburg Church’s pastoral structure, which is realized in:

1. Encouraging our brothers and sisters to continuously grow along the path of decision – baptism – discipleship training – serving.

2. If not attending the discipleship training, you can’t be a co-worker to get involved in serving.

3. It is church priority to provide resources to the co-worker. Let those who attend discipleship training and then become a church co-worker become an honor to be admired and longed for by others.

4. Discipleship training brings out life-change that people can see.

 

Most importantly, our disciple training is a Kingdom ministry. During the training, we continually instill the concepts of spreading the gospel and building churches, encouraging them to spread the gospel like dandelions, bringing the gospel to every corner of the world.

 

Once again, we thank the FECA church pastors, brothers and sisters for your support. Without your support, we can hardly move. We look forward to marching ahead hand in hand in the new year, winning more souls for the Lord!

 

Lastly, I sincerely thank my wife Hui Ming for your labor, support and sacrifice. Thank you so much!

門徒訓練:彼得堡教會成長的鑰匙

     20113月份,回應神的感動和帶領,我和惠敏師母來到聖彼得堡華人基督教會服事(簡稱:彼得堡教會)。一轉眼,今年是第八年了。回頭看,這八年是神恩典滿滿的八年,也是彼得堡教會迅速成長的八年。

     20113月份,彼得堡教會主日人數在20人左右,參加第一期門訓的同工有13人。八年過去了,如今主日聚會人數穩定在90人左右,目前參與服事的同工人數達61人。2016年我們成功地在瓦西里島開設第二堂。許多新興事工,如詩班、敬拜團、兒童主日學也陸續開始。整個教會目前呈現一種穩定發展的態勢。

     比數字更重要的是教會弟兄姊妹屬靈生命的成長。會眾,特別是同工們在個人靈修、真理追求、生命成長、委身服事上都有明顯的提升。過去幾年來過的福音營講員和牧者,如張路加牧師、馮秉誠牧師、范學德弟兄、蘇文龍牧師等牧者對彼得堡教會同工的素質和服事也讚賞有加。

     所有這一切的成長都是神的恩典,也是您和眾多牧者同工代禱、支持的結果。一個教會的發展有很多因素,對於彼得堡教會來說,最重要的一個因素就是:門徒訓練。

     從20114月份開始第一期門徒訓練至今共有107人參加門徒訓練,為教會培養了大批同工。這些同工成為教會發展的動力和骨幹。沒有門訓,就沒有同工;沒有同工,就沒有事工。

     門徒訓練是彼得堡教會牧養結構的核心,這體現在:1. 我們鼓勵每位弟兄姊妹沿著“決志---受洗---門訓---服事”的道路不斷成長。2. 不參加門訓,則不能成為同工參與服事。3.把教會的資源優先提供給同工,讓參加門訓、作同工成為人們所羨慕的榮譽。4.門徒訓練帶出明顯的生命改變。

     更為重要的是,我們的門徒訓練是一種國度事工。我們在訓練中,不斷將傳福音、建立教會的觀念傳遞給同工,鼓勵他們將來無論到哪裡,要像蒲公英一般,把福音傳到各地。

     再次感謝FECA眾教會的牧者、弟兄姊妹對彼得堡教會的支持。沒有你們的大力支持,我們也難以前行。期待在新的一年,我們繼續攜手同行,為神贏得更多年輕人!

     最後,我要誠心地謝謝我的妻子惠敏師母:你辛苦了!

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