(Acts 20:20, 27)
The 2020 Vision is our plan to establish a ministry training centre in Europe. Out of all the regions of the world, Europe remains the dark continent. It is deeply secular, spiritually closed, morally relativistic, and resistant to the gospel. Following in the footsteps of Paul (Acts 19:9-10), training leaders is a key to gospel advance. There is a huge need for contextually-appropriate church planter and missionary training in Europe that not only lays biblical foundations but also equips for practical leadership and spiritual ministry.
This is not the first time or place with significant gospel need. Consider what Jesus faced when he gave his apostles the Great Commission: when he told them to go into all the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), he was looking at a world in which there were no churches, no training centres, and no Christians outside of Jerusalem! His answer to the gospel need of the world was not large evangelistic crusades in all the big cities; rather, Jesus focused on training key leaders through personal mentoring, high-quality teaching, and Spirit-empowered sending.
As we contemplate the gospel need in Europe, we want to follow the Jesus model. The training we envision includes the practical, theological, and spiritual dimensions of planting, leading, and growing Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, contextually appropriate churches. God has uniquely positioned CBU: through our years of experience, our network of relationships, and the skill-set we offer, we are strategically positioned to act and meet this opportunity.
We believe God is calling us to meet the need for a training centre in Europe. We intend to catalyse our strategic assets to establish a high quality centre that will a generation of pastors, church planters, and leaders for gospel ministry in Europe. We aim to establish a training centre that is comprehensive, contextual, community-based, local-church oriented, accessible, and excellent.
We are well on our way to turning this vision into reality. But we need your help. To accomplish this vision will involve a focused effort over several years. The three key components converging to get this done include the programme (as described in Project 215, a contextually appropriate, biblically-based, theologically sound, and Spirit-oriented core curriculum; participants (the young, available, and trainable, sent from local churches), and partnership – the synergistic participation of God’s people in a significant project. This plan will be unfolding through four phases, including programme development (2016-2020), partnership development (2016-2018), facility development (2019), and open doors – autumn 2020. This is an ambitious timeline, but we can get the job done.
Imagine being able to leave a legacy for future generations. Consider what it would feel like to know that you did everything in your power to enable those who have not heard the gospel of Christ to have a chance to meet Jesus. The seeds we sow in this life will echo in eternity. You have an opportunity to do something extraordinary. Through this training centre, people will not simply be blessed next year; you will be touching the nations for decades. This is a unique moment, and we stand at a strategic point. You have the opportunity to touch generations with the love, truth, and grace of Jesus through helping to establish the Centre for European Leadership. Please prayerfully consider your greatest possible gift – and join us on this exciting adventure.
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