|Present Personnel NeedsCHURCH PLANTER/CATALYST couple needed for the
Wolof people, to work in the semi-desert areas of Senegal and in The Gambia. This
strategic ministry will begin in the rural regions of Senegal, at the heart of the Wolof
culture. As many as 95% of the Wolof, an UNREACHED PEOPLE numbering 3 million, adhere to
Wolofized Islam. Although traditionally resistant to presentations of the Gospel,
faithfulness and innovation may yet prove to be God's tools to open the door of their
Your first area of assignment will locate you in Senegal's Sahel region--in the very heart of the world of the Wolof. The Wolof people number 3 million, with less than 50 believers worldwide. This assignment will require dedication to personal evangelism as well as building a ministry group/team of "near culture" evangelists to work under your leadership. It is imperative that the Team includes some individuals from African or Arab descent in its membership. Culturally tempered wisdom in leading believers from different cultures must be developed in the lives of the leaders.
Church planting evangelism among the Wolof, requires that our ministry be established upon principles that are conducive to a People Group Movement. These principles are highlighted below:
1. Be Incarnational (relational) -This means that as servants called to the Wolof people, we must live Philippians 2:5-11. We must become all things to all men that we might save some (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). This principle has applications to our life-style as well as our methods of ministry. In our way of living we must put off our desires in order to become a Wolof to the Wolof. In our methods of ministry we must abandon the institutional ministry crutch. We must show the Wolof the reality of Jesus Christ in daily living, personal relationships, and verbal witness.
2. Be Contextual -The word "contextual" means that our methods, and the spiritual results that God brings from these methods, will not be foreign expressions to the Wolof people.
3. Target the Ethnographic Core -Though not ignoring any individual in search of salvation, we will seek to establish Christ's church among the Wolof at the core of Wolof culture. The term ethnographic core speaks of one who is recognized by the Wolof people as "truly Wolof," and who would be heard by other Wolof in important matters such as the Gospel message.
4. Think Reproducible -Introducing methods that a Wolof church cannot reproduce on her own is death to a spontaneous people group movement of the Wolof into the Kingdom of God. Our ultimate vision sees Wolof people discipling Wolof people.
5. Build dependency on God -Every habit of the missionary should be evaluated in terms of whether it will lead the people to depend on God, or on men. The wise missionary will seek the advice and help of others in the application of this vital principle.
Furthermore, seeking to be used by God to be catalysts for a church planting movement among the Wolof, your team should be characterized by the following emphasis: 1) Commitment to advocacy for the Wolof people; 2) Prayer 3) Working within the oral traditions of a largely illiterate Wolof society. Chronological Storying is a must. 4) Partnering with other Great Commission Christians.
You will be working on a component of a comprehensive strategy that targets a major portion of the Wolof population. The strategy is being called the Bold Advance into the Triangle Strategy (BAT). The goal of the strategy is to coordinate 20 evangelism units that will be organized into five ministry groups. Each group/team will have 3 to 4 units including Group/Team Leaders. As a member of a group/team in this strategy, you will be involved in direct personal evangelism as well as filling the role of Group Leader.
As Group/Team Leaders, you will be mobilizing and equipping group/team members through pastoral care, explaining strategy, providing accountability, leading in development of the actions of a church planting strategy, organizing research, and providing evangelism and missiological training.
Your group members may in turn help to teach you language, culture, and practical living tips for living in Africa. A key characteristic of the Group Leader must be that he is willing to learn from other group members, and recognize their unique contributions.
Imagine yourself (or one of your group members) sitting in the village public place, on a grass mat spread underneath the shade of a giant tree, with village elders gathered around. Respectful silence settles over the group as the Bible is opened, and you begin sharing the Old, Old Story. The elderly as well as the young are touched, because they know you to be a man of God, and they know you as a faithful and trusted friend. They realize that it has not been easy for you to learn their language, but they honor you for doing so. As they listen, their hearts are strangely touched by the Truth you speak. They discover how God has worked through the prophets and through creation. Although Islam has told them that Jesus is only a prophet, they sense the power of His life, and the truth of His message. The Holy Spirit is there in the village with you, applying the Word, convicting hearts, and "faith comes by hearing" as many of them calmly accept the crucified and resurrected Lord into their hearts. You will later show them how to confess Him and how to share with others H is great Love.
As a "willing to receive Christ" group is gathered, you will disciple them, showing them how to follow the Lord as true Wolof believers. Because a Wolof church planting movement must depend on their faithfulness, and not yours alone, you will from the earliest stages, teach them to share this story with others. You will train those motivated and called by the Lord to be Bible Storying evangelists to their own people, and you will encourage these to plant churches in surrounding villages.2 Timothy 2:2 will be a major guiding verse for your strategy. Because the Wolof are a social people, when the church planting movement actually gets underway, it will move quickly with many responding to Christ. The foundation you lay will be very important to the spread of the Kingdom.
This will be a challenging assignment in the physical sense. While not sacrificing team spirit and cooperation, a certain amount of rugged individualism will be helpful. In the spirit ofPhilippians 2:7, the rural church planter will sacrifice many creature comforts and his own cultural preferences in order to incarnate the Gospel in a way the Wolof will hear.
Although at first this assignment could give you the option of living in a small town where you would have fairly dependable electricity and indoor plumbing, you may sooner or later feel God leading you to live in a village setting where these are unavailable. Such sacrifice is not imposed by the Team on any of its members, but every member should be open to "doing whatever it takes" to reach the Wolof. The Team must assist you as you seek to know what is your most appropriate entry strategy.
For more information,contact Mussa and tell him that you and your church/organization are interested in the BAT Strategy