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For over 80 years, Open Bible has been sending missionaries to go and make disciples of all nations — this passion is at the very core of our mission. Throughout the world, Open Bible is starting and building churches. We are reaching out to those in the 10/40 window and the Muslim world in countries like Senegal and Guinea, West Africa. Open Bible is making disciples and training leaders through the INSTE program. We are providing opportunities for short-term missions outreaches; medical help in Papua New Guinea, Liberia, and an undisclosed country; food for the destitute in Cuba, Uganda, and India; rehabs for alcoholics and drug addicts; and ministering to the poor, orphans, and widows in many nations around the world.
East Region supports Open Bible’s Global Leadership Fund to assist hundreds of ministries in 46 countries that are reaching the lost, multiplying churches, training leaders and pastors, making disciples, and helping the poor. This is our strategic obedience to Christ’s command to go to “the uttermost parts of the earth.”
No matter the size of the church, INSTE is a fit. All that is needed to get started is a mature, dedicated leader called to make disciples, whom INSTE trains through a short leader-training program right where he or she is. INSTE supplies the materials – books and tests included – a support system for the group leader, and records and recognition for the courses studied.
INSTE is affordable. A person can study all five years in INSTE for less than it would cost for one semester at a traditional Bible college. Furthermore, INSTE comes to the local church, so Bible college training is available to all.
Secondly, INSTE’s methodology sets it apart. Most formal educational systems today are based on the Greek didactic model revolving around a lecture. INSTE’s model is based on relationships, a Hebrew model that incorporates learning into the life rhythm of the church and learner.
Third, INSTE is not just church-housed, it is church-based. Our mission statement is clear:
INSTE exists to help the local church make disciples and develop leaders for the fulfillment of the church’s mission.
INSTE is a mission facilitator. Every church has its own unique calling to fulfill. INSTE is the catalyst that stimulates the growth of mature disciples and Bible-centered leaders who help the local church fulfill its unique mission. No two INSTE groups are alike, because the gifting and calling of the individuals in those groups are at the direction of the Holy Spirit.
It is also important to note that INSTE does not prepare leaders for the church; it prepares the leaders of the church. The preposition is important. God makes leaders by gifting them. The leaders are already there; INSTE equips the called.
Raising Up Emerging Leaders
With wide-eyed wonderment, a child encounters the world. Loving parents encourage development by providing opportunities to guide the child into his or her God-given purpose. Caring family members provide resources for the growing child. A savings bond from Auntie, books from Uncle, school tuition from Gramps, graduation money from family friends – all combine to springboard the maturing young person into the fulfillment of his or her destiny. Having emerged from the chrysalis of a nurturing environment, the growing leader spreads his/her wings and flies.
The Reality: We are heading toward a crisis!
- The average age of East Region pastors is 57 years.
- Few of our young people attend Bible college due to cost or distance.
- Not enough of our young leaders are filling vacant leadership positions.
- East Region is at a tipping point: Do we barely Survive, or Thrive?
East Region MVP Emerging Leaders Vision:
- Send unchurched kids to Camp or Elevate.
- Invest in a struggling college students’ Next Step Weekender.
- Subsidize the Great Lakes School of Ministry to keep costs low.
- Provide grants for internships with gifted OBC pastors.
- Fund NextGen initiatives such as the Impact Student Leadership Bible.
- Strengthen local INSTE programs.
Together we develop the Next Generation of
Open Bible Ministers!
Birth New Churches
A young couple discovers the wife is pregnant, and the excitement of expecting a new life enlarges their joy! The parents prepare a place for the baby, while the aunties and uncles, cousins and friends buy diapers and baby clothes and swings and strollers to help provide for the newborn. Enlargement continues, labor intensifies, the delivery day arrives, and the whole family rejoices at the birth of a little child and the incredible potential the future holds for this beautiful new life! Church planting, the birthing of church babies, is Jesus’ plan for fulfilling the Great Commission. The survival of the American church family depends on the birthing of church babies! The following movement vision is taken from the East Region Church Planting Network.
New Church Plants
East Region MVP Church Birthing Movement Vision:
- New regional church plants every year.
- Every church and member embraces God’s call to be fruitful and multiply.
- Churches and members prioritize funding church plants through MVP.
- Every regional church and every church member becomes a parent or partner or sponsor by investing in birthing baby churches.
The Joseph Connection
Open Bible ministers John and Sharon Geissler and their daughter, Lindsay, feed thousands of people in Sidney, Ohio, every month through Agape Distribution. At the same time, they reach into faraway Russia, North Korea, China, India, and Pakistan with the compassion of Jesus. Working through their ministry, “The Joseph Connection,” the Geisslers have an amazing capacity to gather and distribute resources such as medical supplies, computers, and foodstuffs, which bring them into favor with authorities and bureaucrats in diverse and needy countries. As God opens these great doors, the Joseph Connection team seizes opportunities to share Jesus Christ while supernaturally meeting the needs of hurting people.
East Region MVP “The Joseph Connection” Vision:
- Invest in the Agape Distribution food bank.
- Support the Geisslers.
- Develop a pool of mission-minded pastors.
- Train NextGen short-term missionaries.
- Reach the least of the least.
- Meet the physical and spiritual needs of people.
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