by Dr. Florence Muindi – a brief excerpt
Cardinal signs of transformational ministry:
- training trainers – not directly giving services unless it is to demonstrate or break into new areas
- church-based partnerships at the church level
- Empowering – giving only what they need, coming alongside what they have, and taking them to the next level.
- Building dignity by doing it with them, not for them or even to show them.
- Bringing deliverance by breaking the bondage through: advocacy, education, skill development, economic empowerment, changed behavior, and spiritual maturity.
- Planning a phase out strategy from the beginning.
- Marked by fruit after fruit rather than a one-time harvest. Planting fruit bearing plants (disciple makers) not just seasonal plants (followers).
- The community is self-replenishing and not dependant on us, an external source, or technology.
- It is bathed in prayer, guided of God for his glory.
- Giving of our lives, not just our service.
How can we tell if we have empowered for transformation? It is in place when:
- We can take risks in delegating. For example, come to the point where we can say to our national partners – these are guests from my main supporting church. I will leave them with you for two days for you to show them our ministry.
- When we can take a year of furlough and do not need a replacement, and even if we are going back, we do not plan to go back to the same tasks.
- When to our surprise we realize that the local ministry has moved to the next level and has forgotten to inform us much less to consult us or ask permission.
- The systems for accountability are in national’s hands and you are subject to those systems.
We are failing if, after three to five years in the field, we cannot:
- comfortably have national teams run the show.
- relocate to a new area.
- take another role in the organization.
- open doors for other s to partner.