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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.
Mountain Plains 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.
NextGen Ministry: Seeing, Sourcing and Sending Emerging Leaders
Isn’t it great to be a part of a church where you know your pastor and leaders stand ready to care and share life with you? Thousands of us who attend a Mountain Plains Region church enjoy that secure feeling… today.
But what about tomorrow? Where are we going to find the next generation of leaders to effectively lead the people of God toward fulfilling His purposes for their lives? It can begin with you. Help us help young people fulfill God’s destiny for them as today’s and tomorrow’s foreign, domestic and marketplace missionaries, prophetic voices, soul-winners, pastors, educators, and local church leaders!
Through our regional camps and conferences, many students respond to the invitation to follow Jesus Christ, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and answer God’s call into vocational or marketplace ministry. As these activities of Mountain Plains Region continue, your generous participation in NextGen ministry is an investment in helping us offer students low-cost activities that set them on their destinies in Christ.
Won’t you help us ensure vibrancy in the church today and create a hope and a future for the Church of tomorrow?
Partnering with Churches to Birth More Churches
These are just some of the results of Mountain Plains church plants, resulting from a crystal clear vision of whom, as a congregation, they are called to be, where they are called to go, and how Father God has called them to get there. Church planting has proven one of the most effective forms of evangelism in the U.S. Mountain Plains Region’s preferred model is the Mother Church/Daughter Church approach. Our most fruitful, long-standing successes have resulted from our partnership with churches that plant churches.
Would you prayerfully consider empowering our Mountain Plains Planting Network through your gracious gift to partner with sponsoring churches and send those who will effectively share the good news about Jesus?
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