Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) Founder and President Dr. John Wagenveld says, 'The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us globally as national leaders in newly planted churches are having to find different ways of ministering in their communities.' Please note that all of MNM's leaders around the world have been cautioned to reduce exposure and be safe while following the regulations set by their countries' governments.
Jorge Mena lives in El Salvador and is now working in La Aguja, an area where there was no church.
Jorge shares that he has always felt a need to prepare himself to serve God and one of the needs was his theological training. He worried that he was not prepared enough to serve and fulfill his call. With this mentality, he decided to enroll in LAPIS, the seminary training provided by Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) that his denomination was promoting.
“The content has been of great help for numerical and spiritual growth. Even though I do not have as much theological preparation, the content in this format has made it easy to understand and to be able to apply what I am learning,” Jorge says.
Jorge is motivated to see how he and his fellow church planters are being transformed and are growing but also to see how his denomination has been able to accompany them in the process and recognize their work as church planters.
This has been fundamental for Jorge. He also recognizes the church planter training has broadened his vision and enabled him to have clearer goals.
“The goal for this year is to organize a church plant so it can be multiplied as a daughter in this area - we are already seeing that it is being transformed by Christ,” Jorge adds.
For Bishop Luis Lazo, the National Director of Healthy Church Planting, MNM’s initiative has been their response to the concern of the quality of churches that are being planted. In addition, many pastors have also adopted this vision and are being motivated to see more churches planted in this country.
“One of the advantages that LAPIS students show is that the content is easy to learn and practice in the field. It is more focused and has the goal of planting a new work,” Luis says.