our global on-line training school for 21st Century church and mission
leaders. This is a training school without walls, without frontiers,
without any fees and one that leaps over every barrier of political,
religious, racist, sexist and denominational prejudice, in the name of
We hope that
these lessons will inspire and bless both you and thousands of similar
like-minded people who live and dream in the passion of their first
love for Jesus.
that you starting this course today means that you want to want to know
the Lord better yourself, and in your heart you want to see the people
in your family and nation, and the unreached peoples of the world and
the poor of the world turning to live a disciplined, holy life in the
love and care of God through faith in Jesus Christ. This
Course will help you to do just that.
Lesson One, it is very simple and just an introduction. The lessons
that follow are more complete and filled with good things to learn and
to do. I have personally done them all, taught them in class, handed
them on to thousands of people and now they are yours. I hope and pray
that you will be as blessed, challenged and moved towards the Lord and
His ways as I have been and continue to be as the years go on.
Dr. Les Norman
1. First of all we are going to pass on to you
an outline of what we have learned over the years and with the help of
the Holy Spirit, the Bible, our prayers and an open mind you will grasp
moves through various interlinking themes in an order which seems to
most appealing and useful to the churches in the developing nations:
basic level for new believers
Call of God
God for Finances
Secondly, if it is at all possible in your
circumstances we really want you to pass on to others all that you
learn, so that the word of God spreads. We will show you how to do that
without spending a lot of money which we know is hard to find.
To see how to
do this please see:
How the School of Mission works best
How To Open
Your Own School
By the way when we say a school we
do not mean that you have to open a special building with professional
staff. Our students meet in church halls, in homes, in shops and even
under palm trees in the open air. All you need is a group of willing
people, a Bible, these materials and the presence of God with you
though prayer. We will help you to make a start and help you along
every step of the way.
we really want is to see the people that learn from you going and
telling the people they know, using the same notes and simple ways of
passing on the word of God.
How does this Course work best ?
Answer: This Course works at its very best when a
leader follows the same effective approach that Jesus adopted to train
His disciples, and later Paul took the same approach with Timothy,
you have heard me say . .
entrust to reliable men . . who will also teach others."
Paul to Timothy, 2 Timothy 2.2.
like you to grasp this from the very start. In recent history this
Biblical approach was originally taught and practised in the
early 20th century by world famous author Watchman Nee in
China, later from the mid 1960's this principle was widely taught by
Juan Carlos Ortiz in Argentina and more recently became widely accepted
through the growth of the world's largest church, that
of Pastor Yonggi Cho of Seoul, South Korea. At the end of the
20th century Pastor Cesar Castellanos of Bogota, Colombia had
become equally well known worldwide for the G12 movement which taught
this same principle to the Spanish speaking world and through
which Castellanos's congregation grew from 8 to 120,000 people in ten
years. He wrote:
"I began to see Jesus' ministry
with clarity. The multitudes followed, but He didn't train the
multitudes. He only trained 12, and
everything he did with the multitudes was to teach the 12.
Then the Lord asked me another question: "If Jesus trained 12, should
you win more than 12 or less than 12?" Jesus chose 12 to reach the
multitudes. He stayed with these 12 permanently, until they were
trained and He released them, gave them authority and empowered them to
disciple the nations.
Pastor, leader, student - the best
thing to do is to find 12 to meet with you to take these studies
together. The Word of God and the Spirit of God will consolidate
everybody's faith and commitment and reproduce Christ's character in
you by discipleship and then release those who are willing to go to win
12 more each whilst staying in fellowship with the original group of 12
Look at the
incredible mathematics of 2 Timothy 2.2
you learn for yourself ~ 1 person hears the word of the Lord
you share the lesson with 12 people
~ 13 people hear the word of the Lord
the 12 were to tell 12 more people
people hear the word of the Lord
the 157 were to tell 12 more people
hear the word of the Lord.
the 1,884 people were to tell 12 more people
hear the word of the Lord.
has happened in China and is happening every day in parts of South
America and Africa where 'Training by Multiplication' courses such as
this are proving to be the only cost-effective way to teach the
thousands of people who are deciding to follow Jesus. This is possible
for you and your church or School of Mission.
No special buildings or materials required just meeting and talking.
"The things you have heard me say . .
entrust to reliable men. . who will also teach others."
Paul to Timothy, 2 Timothy 2.2.
can train many people to become mature believers and they themselves
will go and do the work of the ministry - in evangelism, discipleship
and in care for the poor, having found the faith, the works and the
finances that are necessary to advance the gospel. In the first chapter
of Genesis, when the Word of God came together with the Spirit of God,
there was an explosion of new life and that is our prayer, that the
Lord would do the same again, this time in your lives and in your
leading a group, developing a School of Mission or working in a group
is not possible for you, then you are still more than welcome to take
this programme as an individual, or in the best way that your
circumstances permit. We have no second-class students. Not one.
the course difficult?
These lessons have been well tested in the
churches of Africa, India and the Hispanic world, adapted of course to
the local culture. They say the teaching is biblical, true, relevant to
the developing world and focused on their passion, to finish the Great
Commission so that Jesus can return. Many of the ideas have been born,
tried and tested in the developing world, which is not very different
from the first century Bible times.
help the lessons will not be too difficult even for people with little
or no education. The teaching is simple and uncomplicated ands the
words should be easy for you to translate if you need to.
are clear and easy to read and your friends can also download them free
of charge and copy them by hand or by machine. Each lesson can be
downloaded and copied separately so it is easy and affordable to obtain
these studies. People can make photocopies of the studies one sheet at
a time if necessary so even copying the whole course will not be too
expensive. In some parts of the world the people copy every lesson by
go back to the List of
Studies and have a
good look at all the studies and see what you will learn and all that
you can pass on to others.
This gentle introduction which is also
lesson one ends by
asking you to read every section of the Information
Page to make sure
that you know what to do. From lesson two onwards you will really start