Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen
2013 was an exciting year for Precept Ministries in Canada. In September we saw the blessings and fruit of the workshop training earlier in the year by the unprecedented number of new classes started and increased class numbers. More Canadians are being established in God’s Word!
In 2013 we fell short of our goal of establishing 30,000 new people in the Word, but we’re okay with that . . . for now! Our desire is to see new people going deeper in God’s Word and that is being accomplished.
I’m excited to see what God has in store for 2014. Our 2014 focus will remain on establishing new people in God’s Word through recruiting and developing new trainers to lead local workshops. The benefits of deploying local trainers who are able to stay in touch to encourage and disciple the people they have trained cannot be overlooked.
We will also focus on successfully building the Precept Network of volunteer partners nationwide to support the local Bible Study Leader. Our prayer is that by the end of 2014 we will deploy six city leaders who will work alongside our current local trainers to continue to build relationships with Precept Bible Study Leaders. We have been preparing for this Precept Network for the past three years and are looking forward to the gradual roll-out in 2014.
Our goal for next year is to continue working towards establishing 30,000 new people in God’s Word. My prayer is that God will move in the hearts of the 4000 new people to be instrumental in reaching others.
Here is an example of how the goal can be met and even surpassed. If the 4000 new students and leaders and the long-time students and leaders were to invite one friend to the next study they lead or attend, more than 4000 new people can be established in the Word in the next quarter alone. Furthermore, if every student and leader invited one person from their church, community or family to each of the subsequent studies in next year we will surpass our goal long before December 2014!
Ways you can partner with us in 2014:
- Email, write or call and let me know how your class is going and how we can pray for you and your class.
- Send the ministry a class list not only so we know how many people are studying across Canada, but more importantly, this also allows us to pray for your class and students by name.
- Encourage students to start a discipleship group with at least one other person. Those without a ‘speaking gift’ can easily use a 40-Minute Bible Study to disciple one other person.
- Host a training weekend or Fast Track 3-hour workshop in your area. We have new trainers who are excited to train new people.
Finally, I want to thank you for all you have done this year, whether by challenging people to get in to God’s Word and study, by starting 40-Minute or other Bible Study group or by supporting the ministry through prayer or finances. We know that all we have seen this year has been a blessing from the Lord as together we have been obedient to His call to make disciples.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!