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The Annual Certificate Group Facilitators’ Training Camp

'Secret of Nature' camp

The Mongolia TEE annual Facilitators’ Training Camp for those leading groups studying the Certificate in Christian Ministry took place between July 4 – 6, 2012 at the Secret of Nature holiday village in Terelj, well-known for its beautiful scenery.

There were around fifty tutors from more than thirty churches participating, and it was a great time for fellowship and learning from one another. The facilitators were able to share the difficulties that they were experiencing in their groups, and share ways to overcome them.

This year’s programme gave special emphasis to a number of topics:

First, how to prepare well for each group meeting. A model lesson plan was given out, followed by a practice session where participants took turns to facilitate part of a group meeting.

One-on-one evaluation

Second, the importance of the annual character and ministry evaluation. Training Coordinator gave a model of how to complete the evaluation with Gantulga, from Choibalsan playing the role of a student.

Third, the reasons why a group may stop meeting before completing a course. Different kinds of reasons were discussed under the heading of reasons connected with the students, the tutors, the church leadership, and the Mongolia TEE administration.

Fourth, possible development of different packages of courses to meet the needs of different groups within the church, e.g. for small group leaders, or those in evangelism and church planting.

Of special note from the contributions: ‘We see real change in the lives of new believers, and those wanting to be more effective in ministry through the systematic TEE program – but it would be more effective still if the church leadership were more active in support.’

As well as good discussion and worship, the participants enjoyed a volleyball and table tennis tournament, and some great singing and dancing together.

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This time together was full of encouragement, the Word of God and fellowship. We wish each and every facilitator a rich and fruitful ministry!

The Third Certificate Graduation Ceremony – Erdenet, June 2012

Erdenet graduates

On June 3, 2012, the third graduation of students from the Certificate in Christian Ministry program took place in the city of Erdenet in Orkhon province. The group first started on this programme of study seven years ago in 2005, and during this graduation ceremony they received a

Battogtokh pastor

Certificate accredited by the Asia Theological Association. The graduation took place in the Sunday morning worship service of the Jesus Assembly, and pastor Battogtokh preach a word of encouragement to the graduates and the whole church.

The Mongolia TEE Director B. Naranbaatar introduced the work of Mongolia TEE to the Sunday morning congregation, and underlined the long road that the graduates had travelled to complete their course.

Mongolia TEE consultant A. Graham began the presentation of Certificates with a charge to the seven graduates, D. Nansalmaa, J. Nasanzaya, M. Hishigt, B. Oyunchimeg, Sh. Otgon, M. Doljinjav and Ch. Mendbayar. The group facilitator, D. Nansalmaa, was presented with a special gift of Bible reference books in recognition of her long service to the group.

Following the service, the graduates, Mongolia TEE staff and the Jesus’ Assembly pastor and his wife shared a celebration meal.

          


A testimony from one of the Jesus Assembly graduates, June 2012

On June 3, 2012, seven group members from the Jesus Assembly in Erdenet graduated from the Certificate in Christian Ministry program. Here is what one of them shared:

2012 Graduate Doljin

‘Greetings to you all. My name is Doljin, I am 47 years old, and a member of the Jesus Assembly in Orkhon province. I am so happy to be able to tell you about the wonderful opportunity that the Lord opened in my life through TEE. Through this training, anyone can study in an international Bible School without leaving their work, family, business or ministry for only the price of the text books. This kind of training suited me very well. I found that I was not just gaining more information, but through a combination of home study, group discussions and practical assignments, I was being changed in mind, spirit and body as well. My character and my relationships were impacted, and I have become more mature. The training has delivered a great deal.

In 2005, I began to study the Foundation level TEE course Abundant Life. We looked at becoming a child of God, repentance, prayer, the study of God’s Word, and the life of obedience. We looked at the church, and ministry, and learnt so much about the life of faith. And this was not all: we shared our joys and sorrows with the group facilitator, and with her support and help, group members became a united team.

The Certificate program has truly helped me to find life’s purpose and gain a vision, filling me with joy and peace. It is so effective in encouraging service to others, and growth in discipleship and maturity.

I really want to give the glory to God for the way that the six-part series covering the Life of Christ, together with other courses, have been effective in training disciples who can disciple others, and who can minister in church and society. The three courses on Paul’s Life and Letters helped us to study mission, and then we went on a short-term mission trip to the country to the south of Mongolia. The course that I found the most interesting and helpful was the course on Christian Family Life.

I would really like to encourage many, many Christian brothers and sisters to find blessing through this programme.

A big thank you to the leadership and training coordinators, together with those who translated these courses, for making them available in the Mongolian language. May God bless you all. Amen.