Bible Worker Training
Posted: 29 Nov 2018
ELDERSand interested persons from the Central District, Eastern District and Southern District came together on Sabbath 3rd November for a Bible Worker Training Program for that zone held by the Personal Ministries Department in conjunction with the Caribbean Union. The main facilitator was Pastor Ashton Oniel, Personal Ministries Director for the Caribbean Union.
Pastor Oniel, while encouraging local churches and their members to intentionally meet the felt needs of their surrounding communities, identified that there must be Total Church Involvement, Total Member Involvement and Total Community Involvement if we are to effectively fulfill the gospel commission Christ gave to us.
It is often erroneously believed that Bible Work begins when the evangelical campaign/crusade begins. But as Pastor Oniel points out, trained Bible Worker should be working in the community making friends and winning hearts at least six months before the campaign begins. One must find, make friends and start a study with people in the area who are interested in learning more about the Bible.
One attendee shared personal happiness and voiced the pleasure of the collective group for being a part of the training since they had gleaned new ideas were now motivated to be more creative and more active in this area of ministry.
When asked to compare between previous experiences and present knowledge, it was reported, “I have learned that regardless of my efforts it really isn’t about me. It’s all about God and what He is doing through me. I can have the worst day possible, but God can work behind the scenes so that when I come back the following week I discover the person has been blessed and has had amazing experiences with God in spite of having experienced my “worst” the week before. I also think fear on various levels is the biggest hindrance to giving a Bible study or doing Bible work.
It is terrifying to think that someone will ask you a question and you won’t know the answer, or you will say the wrong thing, or you will somehow mess up and ruin another person’s chance of salvation.
The good news, brethren, is that those fears are all lies that keep us from doing the work. God never asks us to be a savior. He’s got that covered. He only asks to become workers willing to go out into the unknown. You are going to make mistakes and not know things; that’s life. God promises He will never leave us. He will be there to help us and will give us the words to say.”
As Pastor Oniel highlighted in his final words “It all comes down to trust.” Do you trust God enough to be scared, uncomfortable and vulnerable? To take chances as a worker for Him? Then knock on that first door, ask your first questions, give someone your first invitation to have Bible studies. And be prepared for an exciting adventure.
If you are desirous of being a Bible Worker and you need training, please contact Pastor Ian Williams at the Mission’s Office or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org