Faith Covenant Ministries trains leaders as part of a multi-generational, multi-cultural community. Michael and his dad planted the ministry together in 2005 with a vision to create a ministry that would birth new churches, re-start dying churches and train the next generation of leaders.
At first the church met in a hotel, people’s houses, and now finds its home in the Family Vision Library. Each Sunday morning, 30-40 people gather to worship and learn more about Jesus.
“Growth has been slow, and it would be easy to look at the absence of numerical growth and become very discouraged, and a lot of church planters become very discouraged,” Michael said. “But, if you plant the seeds in the ground, by the time you see a little sprout, there is a root system that has developed underground that you can’t see that supports what you can see above.”
Through consulting, mentoring and discipling, Michael seeks to equip everyone in his congregation to increase their leadership capacity. Each month, Michael invites aspiring leaders to meet together to help them learn by watching and then doing the tasks expected of a pastor. The small group then experiences events, such as a hospital visit, together to learn the kinds of things a pastor would do and say, as well as ways to support the family.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are leaders,” Michael said. “You have to train, develop and give opportunities to try things and give opportunities to fail in a safe place.”
The church also incorporates Bible study discipleship triads to multiply leaders. Each group meets for about a year, and each person in the group has the opportunity to be the leader. At the end of the year, group members are equipped to start their own group and repeat the process.